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Update: March 26, 2020, 6:30pm 

I hope this message finds you, your families, and your personnel doing well. Like you, we continue to monitor the instances of COVID-19 cases throughout Alabama. Because the health and well-being of our staff and students is of utmost concern, the Alabama Fire College continues to comply with the directives provided by Governor Kay Ivey’s office in response to the COVID-19 virus. We have limited staffing on campus, many personnel are teleworking, we are alternating work schedules, and we are practicing social distancing as indicated. Many of the AFC staff are participating in scheduled conference calls with the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, the Alabama Department of Public Health, and the various fire service organizations in Alabama in order to remain abreast of updates to protocol, procedures, and best practices. 

The Alabama Fire College has extended the cancellation of all in person Fire Program courses through April 10th. During the last two weeks we accelerated training for six recruit schools allowing them to complete all their academic and job performance requirements while still completing the 360 hours needed to become certified as a career firefighter. Additionally, we have temporarily modified the delivery method for all EMS courses. Currently, the academic portion of our EMT, Advanced EMT, and Paramedic courses are being delivered online. We now have the capability for an instructor to either come to campus or delivery the curriculum from a remote location. Given the infectious nature of this virus, we have suspended all clinical EMS rotations. CoAEMSP said they will accept additional lab hours in lieu of some of the clinical rotations. However, there is still ongoing conversation about how this will ultimately be resolved. I would ask for patience as we attempt to work collaboratively with CoAEMSP to find an amenable solution to this difficult problem.   

We are currently installing distance delivery equipment in two additional classrooms so that we can begin to deliver the academic portion of Fire Officer series online beginning in April. Please monitor our website and social media accounts, as well as you email, for more information.   

The fire service continues to be among the most trusted professions. That’s because when people are in dire straits, we find a way to answer their needs; we solve problems. That’s what we do, that’s who we are. These circumstances are no different. We will find a way to navigate these uncharted waters and I am confident we will emerge better because of this experience. I pray that you, your families, and your departments all remain safe and secure. If the Alabama Fire College may be of service, please do not hesitate to call on us.

Respectfully,
Matt Russell
Executive Director

 





Update: March 17, 2020, 5:30pm

In response to a directive issued on March 15, 2020 by State of Alabama Governor Kay Ivey regarding the COVID-19 virus, and out of an abundance of caution, the Alabama Fire College is postponing all scheduled courses beginning on March 23, 2020 and extending through at least April 6, 2020.

If a fire department within the State of Alabama chooses to continue training their personnel, they may do so. However, the Alabama Fire College may not be able to support academic and JPR testing as normal. The only exception is that we will continue to support recruit training courses.

We will continuously evaluate this threat and notify you as soon as a determination is made to resume operations. We very much appreciate your continued support of the Alabama Fire College and regret any inconvenience this postponement may cause.

For at least the next two weeks, the Alabama Fire College campus in Tuscaloosa will maintain limited staffing, develop alternative work schedules, and allow telework for those who have the capability. If you live in Alabama and have questions about Alabama Fire College operations, course schedules, etc., your first point of contact should be your Regional Coordinator.

As I draft this message, this dynamic situation continues to evolve. We continuously weigh the need to train firefighters and EMS personnel so that they can become engaged as productive members of our profession against our responsibility to provide for their safety and security. We endeavor to ensure that our decisions have a positive impact you, our constituents. We do not take lightly the decision to postpone training courses, however, we also have an obligation to provide for the safety and security of our students, staff, visitors, and the public at large.

I appreciate your patience and cooperation as we navigate these unprecedented circumstances. As always, if we may be of service, please do not hesitate to contact us at 1-800-241-2467. Also, monitor the website at alabamafirecollege.org, your email, and our social media accounts for the most up to date information regarding Alabama Fire College operations. 

On behalf of the Personnel Standards and Education Commission and everyone at the Alabama Fire College, Thank You and Stay Safe!

Respectfully,
Matt Russell
Executive Director


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