Cullman Fire Rescue provides fire code inspections, fire investigations, and a wide variety of public education programs including fire extinguisher training, job shadowing, and CPR/AED community classes. Freddie the Fire Truck helps teach children about fire safety and prevention. The kids love Freddie!
Cullman Fire Rescue operates on three 24 hour shifts covering the city 24 hours /7 days a week. Minimum training requirements to be a Firefighter/EMT include State of Alabama Firefighter I/II (360-hour career firefighter state certification), State of Alabama/National Registry EMT-Basic certification, and Hazardous Materials Technician certification. Responsibilities in the Fire Suppression Division include combating and controlling fires, hazardous materials response, pre-planning commercial and public buildings, maintaining fire hydrants, providing vehicle extrication, rescue, basic/advanced life support, and response to other related emergency medical services.
Advanced Life Support (ALS) EMS
Fire Stations are strategically placed in the city to provide a rapid response to fire and emergency medical incidents. Skilled Firefighter/EMTs help to provide lifesaving interventions that include IVs, Defibrillation, ECG Monitoring, Intubation, and Cardiac Drug Therapy. Cullman Fire Rescue Firefighter/EMTs have an abundant working relationship with the local ambulance services and work in unity to provide the best possible medical response to the community. In addition to the normal medical response, Cullman Fire Rescue Firefighter/EMTs plan and coordinate for many special events in Cullman including the Rock the South concert, Oktoberfest, Strawberry Fest, Cullman High School football games and many more.
Hazardous Materials Response
Cullman Fire Rescue responds to all hazardous material situations involving transportation and industrial accidents in the City of Cullman. All Cullman Fire Rescue Firefighter/EMTs are required to be trained to the level of Hazmat Technician and work hard to be prepared for the extremely toxic environments involved in Hazardous Material Response.
Cullman Fire Rescue Firefighter/EMTs serve as Tactical Medics for the Police Department’s Tactical Team providing medical services for law enforcement special operations. The presence of Tactical Medics at high risk scenes provide rapid care for injured officers and civilians when seconds count. Cullman Fire Rescue Firefighter/EMTs train 16 hours a month with the Police Department Tactical Team and attend certification training at various organizations including the renowned International School of Tactical Medicine.
Technical Rescue (Cullman TRT)
Established in 2011, the Cullman Fire Rescue Technical Rescue Team (TRT) provides a specialty service response to complicated Technical Rescue incidents. This team extends capabilities of fire rescue and medical response to confined space rescue, high angle rescue, trench rescue, water related emergencies, structural collapse, extrication, and urban search and rescue. In addition to being a part of the Cullman TRT Team 7 members are part of the Alabama Mutual Aid System Division F-Alabama Task Force 3 Team that responds to both natural and man-made disasters at a local, state and federal level.
Physical Fitness Training
A Firefighter/EMT’s career can be very strenuous and demanding physically. Physical Fitness is a priority at Cullman Fire Rescue. Firefighter/EMTs are required to engage in physical fitness training one hour a day while on shift as well as complete an annually physical fitness assessment. In addition to this, Firefighter/EMTs are required to successfully complete a rigorous NFPA 1582 physical annually to ensure that they are physically fit and ready for duty. These standards help to ensure that Cullman Fire Rescue Firefighter/EMTs are getting the medical attention they deserve and the community is receiving the best response possible.