Personnel Standards & Education Commission

The Alabama Firefighters' Personnel Standards and Education Commission

Enabling training, education, and certification for the fire and emergency service community.

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About the Commission

Among other duties established by law, the Alabama Firefighters’ Personnel Standards and Education Commission establishes and approves regulations and bylaws, sets minimum standards for firefighter certification, and ensures the efficient operation of the Alabama Fire College.

The Commission is established by Section 36-32-2 of the Code of Alabama 1975 and is made up of seven appointed members. 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. All appointees must receive confirmation from the Alabama Senate with the exception of the State Fire Marshal who serves as the only permanent member by virtue of his position.

Commissioners

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Chairman

Gary Sparks
Gary Sparks

Commissioner Gary Sparks began his firefighting career as a Volunteer Firefighter for the City of Oxford in 1983. On February 13, 198...

Commissioner Gary Sparks began his firefighting career as 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 a Past President of the Alabama Fire Chief’s Association and was voted the 2015 Alabama Fire Chief of the Year.
Current Term Expires: 6/6/2023
Email: gsparks@alabamafirecollege.org

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Vice-Chairman

Scott F. Pilgreen
Scott F. Pilgreen

Commissioner Scott F. Pilgreen, began his career in law enforcement at Montgomery Police Department in 1979. While at MPD he served i...

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

Josh Bryant
Josh Bryant

Commissioner Josh Bryant Commissioner Josh Bryant was appointed to the Commission in 2022 by the Alabama Association of Volunteer Fir...

Commissioner Josh Bryant Commissioner Josh Bryant was appointed to the Commission in 2022 by the Alabama Association of Volunteer Fire Departments. He began in the fire service as an Explorer, then Telecommunicator before serving 16 years at Fultondale Fire and Rescue and attaining the rank of Captain. Bryant currently serves on the Fultondale City Council, as an active board member of several fire service organizations and associations, and as the Fire Marshal at Glennwood Fire District. He served as an Adjunct Instructor for the Alabama Fire College from 2010 until his appointment to the Commission and was recognized as Instructor of the Year in 2014. Bryant holds Associate Degrees from Jefferson State in Fire Science and Health Science; a Bachelors Degree from Athens State University in Public Safety and Health Administration; and a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Alabama.
Current Term Expires: 7/13/2026
Email: jbryant@alabamafirecollege.org

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William (Billy) Doss
William (Billy) Doss

Commissioner William (Billy) Doss has been in the fire service with Duncanville Volunteer Fire Department since March of 1987, and ha...

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 positions. 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: 4/20/2024
Email: bdoss@alabamafirecollege.org

Allan Rice
Allan Rice

Commissioner Allan Rice was appointed to the Commission in 2022 by the Alabama Firefighters Association. He has been the City Adminis...

Commissioner Allan Rice was appointed to the Commission in 2022 by the Alabama Firefighters Association. He has been the City Administrator of Hoover, Alabama since November 2016 and was previously the Executive Director of the Alabama Fire College & Personnel Standards & Education Commission from 2007 to 2016. His career includes previous service with the City of Hoover Fire Department from 1992 to 2007. He has been a college program coordinator for fire science and emergency medical services, a consultant to the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, and a trauma and flight nurse. He is a past president of the North American Fire Training Directors and was a founding member of the Fire Service Occupational Cancer Alliance Steering Committee. Allan received a paramedic certificate and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Master of Public-Private Management from Birmingham-Southern College.
Current Term Expires: 2/12/2023
Email: arice@alabamafirecollege.org

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Derek Toxey
Derek Toxey

Commissioner Derek Toxey, was appointed to the Alabama Fire College and Personnel Standards and Education Commission in 2020 and repr...

Commissioner Derek Toxey, was appointed to the Alabama Fire College and Personnel Standards and Education Commission in 2020 and represents the Professional Fire Fighters of Alabama. He began his fire service career in 1993 at McAdory Volunteer Fire Department. He served with Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service from 1998-2002. He rose to the rank of Deputy Chief at McAdory Area Fire District between 2004-2016. Commissioner Toxey holds an Associate of Science degree from Jefferson State Community College and has Paramedic training from the Alabama Fire College. He currently serves with the Mountain Brook Fire Department as an Apparatus Operator.
Current Term Expires: 7/1/2024
Email: dtoxey@alabamafirecollege.org

Brandy Williams
Brandy Williams

Commissioner Brandy Williams represents the Alabama Association of Fire Chiefs. She began her fire service career in 1995 with ...

Commissioner Brandy Williams represents the Alabama Association of Fire Chiefs. She began her fire service career in 1995 with Moore's Mill Volunteer Fire Department. She was then hired by Madison Fire & Rescue in 1998 where she has served as Deputy Chief since 2016. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration/Emergency Services Management from Columbia Southern University and completed the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy in 2019. She has been a member of the North Alabama Fire Chief’s Association since 2016 and currently serves as the President.
Current Term Expires: 2/11/2026
Email: bwilliams@alabamafirecollege.org