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The Alabama Firefighters' Personnel Standards and Education Commission

The Alabama Firefighters' Personnel Standards and Education Commission is established by Section 36-32-2 of the Code of Alabama 1975 and is made up of seven appointed members. As of April 17th, 2012, the Governor and Lieutenant Governor each appoint one member. The Alabama Firefighters' Association, The Professional Fire Fighters of Alabama, Alabama Association of Fire Chiefs, and the Alabama Association of Volunteer Fire Departments each appoint one member. The State Fire Marshal serves as a member by virtue of his position. All appointees must receive confirmation from the Alabama Senate.

Among other duties established by law, the Commission certifies individual firefighters meeting the minimum standards established, as well as training and education programs for the fire service in Alabama.

Chairman
Commissioner Russell Ledbetter was appointed to Alabama Fire College and Personnel Standards Commission in 2014 and will represent the Alabama Association of Firefighters. He began his fire service career as a volunteer firefighter in 1979 at Palmerdale Fire District. He was certified in FF I/II and became a paramedic in 1986. He has also served at Cahaba Heights Fire District, Bessemer Fire Department, and Trussville Fire & Rescue. He holds an Associates in Applied Science from the Community College of the Air Force and a bachelors degree from Athens State in Public Safety Administration. He completed the Executive Fire Officer program at the National Fire Academy in 2003. He retired as Fire Chief of Trussville Fire & Rescue in 2016.
Current Term Expires: 2/11/19
Email: rledbetter@alabamafirecollege.org
Vice-Chairman
Commissioner Joey Darby began his fire service career in 1992 as a member of the Walnut Hill Volunteer Fire Department in Walnut Hill, FL.  He joined the Auburn Fire Division in 1994 and rose to the rank of Battalion Chief before leaving to assume his present duties as the Fire Chief of the City of Foley in January 2009.  He also served as the Fire Chief of the StillWaters Fire District from 2005 through 2008.  He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Engineering from Auburn University and has completed numerous executive classes at the National Fire Academy. Chief Darby was elected in 2013 to represent the Alabama Association of Fire Chiefs as their first appointment on the Commission.
Current Term Expires: 2/11/18
Email: jdarby@alabamafirecollege.org
Commissioner William (Billy) Doss has been in the fire service with Duncanville Volunteer Fire Department since March of 1987, and has been chief since 2001. He’s been involved with the Alabama Association of Volunteer Fire Departments since the early 90’s serving in several different positons. Currently, he’s a District 3 Director, member of Alabama Joint Fire Council, on the Board of Alabama Firefighters Annuity and Benefit Fund, member of the Alabama Forestry Steering Committee, President of District 3 Firefighters Association and President of Tuscaloosa County Fire Protection Association. Commissioner Doss was appointed by the Lt. Governor in 2016.
Current Term Expires: 4/20/2020
bdoss@alabamafirecollege.org
Commissioner Mike Green was appointed to the Alabama Fire College and Personal Standards Commission in 2014 by the Alabama Association of Volunteer Fire Departments, as their first appointment on the Commission. He has been in the fire service for over thirty years. Green has worked and/or volunteered in all aspects of EMS and the fire service including ambulance services and both paid and volunteer fire departments. He has completed a number of courses through the Alabama Fire College and the National Fire Academy. Green is a retired Assistant Chief with Montgomery Fire & Rescue and the former Fire Chief of the Pike Road Volunteer Fire Department. Green is currently the president of the Montgomery County Association of Volunteer Fire Departments and president of the Alabama Association of Volunteer Fire Departments. Green also serves on the Southeast Alabama EMS Council and is the Assistant Chief at Waugh-Mount Meigs Volunteer Fire Department in Montgomery County.
Current Term Expires: 7/13/2018
Email: mgreen@alabamafirecollege.org
Commissioner Scott F. Pilgreen, began his career in law enforcement at Montgomery Police Department in 1979. While at MPD he served in the patrol, investigative, and training divisions. He joined the State Fire Marshal’s Office in 1989 as a Deputy State Fire Marshal and was promoted to Assistant State Fire Marshal in 2006. Pilgreen is a 2002 graduate of the FBI National Academy, Session 210; a 2009 graduate of the Certified Public Manager Program and a 2015 Columbia Southern University graduate with a B.S degree in Criminal Justice. Governor Bentley appointed him to the Alabama Energy and Residential Code Council in March 2016. State Fire Marshal appointed by State Legislation.
Current Term Expires: No Expiration Date.
Email: spilgreen@alabamafirecollege.org
Commissioner Gary Sparks began working for the City of Oxford at the fire station in 1978 when he was 15 years old cleaning the station and trucks. Chief Sparks became a Volunteer Firefighter for the City of Oxford in 1983. On February 13, 1987, Chief Sparks became a full time member of the Anniston Fire Department. Chief Sparks rose through the ranks at Anniston and was promoted to Assistant Fire Chief on January 3, 2003. He retired after 20 years of service with the Anniston Fire Department on February 13, 2007. On March 3, 2007, he became the full time Fire Chief for the City of Oxford. Chief Sparks is involved in several civic organizations in his community. He is currently the 1st Vice President of the Alabama Fire Chief’s Association and was voted the 2015 Alabama Fire Chief of the Year.
Current Term Expires: 6/7/2019
gsparks@alabamafirecollege.org
Commissioner Roger Dale Wyatt, representative for the PFFA, began his tenure January 2007. Commissioner Wyatt has worked for the Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service since 1991 and is currently a Battalion Chief assigned to Battalion 3. Mr. Wyatt holds a B.S. in Public Safety Administration from Athens State, an AAS from Jefferson State and NREMT-Paramedic training from UAB.  
Current Term Expires: 7/1/2016
dwyatt@alabamafirecollege.org

Alabama Fire College and Personnel Standards Commission | 2501 Phoenix Dr - Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35405 | Toll Free: 1 (800) 241-2467 - Fax: 205-391-3757