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

Joey Darby
Joey Darby

Commissioner Joey Darby began his fire service career in 1992 as a member of the Walnut Hill Volunteer Fire Department in Walnut Hill...

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: 2/11/2022
Email: jdarby@alabamafirecollege.org

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Vice-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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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

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Mike Green
Mike Green

Commissioner Mike Green was appointed to the Alabama Fire College and Personnel Standards & Education Commission in 2014 by the Alaba...

Commissioner Mike Green was appointed to the Alabama Fire College and Personnel Standards & Education 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.
Current Term Expires: 7/13/2022
Email: mgreen@alabamafirecollege.org

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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

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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