Semmes Fire Rescue received city council approval to purchase two new fire trucks at last night’s City Council meeting. The funding request passed with all council members voting for approval. Delivery of the new trucks is anticipated in sixty days or less. In early February, Mayor David Baker encouraged Fire Chief Kevin Brooks to accelerate his fire vehicle replacement plan due to continued growth of the city’s residential and business areas and the city’s ongoing efforts to further improve the city’s ISO rating.
Semmes firefighters responded to a dwelling fire midday Saturday, February 3, 2018, in the Pretty Branch subdivision off Moffett Road. The single-story, single-family home was occupied at the time of the fire and the homeowner stated, “we were watching TV and heard crackling that sounded like something cooking on the stove. I got up to see what was going on and saw smoke coming out of the air conditioning vents in the kitchen.
Jamie Jordan was the first female firefighter hired by the City Of Semmes Fire Department in 2015. This past Friday, February 2, 2018 she graduated from the Alabama Fire College Smoke Diver Course and now is recognized as the first Alabama female firefighter to successfully complete the difficult and strenuous professional challenge. Many female Alabama firefighters have attempted the course, which gives no consideration for gender, but none have overcome the accelerated and intense boot camp-like, week long, physically and psychologically intense process.
An article by Robert Palmer, Staff Writer for the Times Daily, indicates that ALDOT (Alabama Department of Transportation) disappoints and angers citizens in Florence Alabama and St. Florian Alabama. Read the full article at:
Biloxi, MS. —On Friday, December 15th, the ‘Pinta’ and the ‘Nina’, replicas of Columbus’ Ships, will open in Biloxi. The ships will be docked at Schooner Pier Complex, 367 Beach Boulevard until their departure early Tuesday morning December 19th. The ‘Nina’ was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools. Archaeology magazine called the ship “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.” In 2005, the ‘Pinta’, also a caravel, was launched in Brazil and was the first ship to sight land in the New World. Historians consider the caravel the Space Shuttle of the fifteenth century. Both ships tour together as a new and enhanced ‘sailing museum’ for the purpose of educating the public and school children on the ‘caravel’, a Portuguese ship used by Columbus and many early explorers to discover the world. Before him, the Old World and the New remained separate and distinct continents and ever since their fates have been bound together for better or for worse. While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour. Admission charges are $8.50for adults, $7.50 for seniors, and $6.00 for students 5 – 16. Children 4 and under are Free. The ships are open every day from 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. No reservations necessary
Teachers or organizations wishing to schedule a 30 minute guided tour with a crew member should call 1 787 672 2152 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . Minimum of 15. $5.00 per person. No Maximum.
Mayor David Baker announced today the appointment of Debra A. Hanbury, MMC, as City Clerk for the City of Semmes. Ms. Hanbury will be supervising the daily operations of the City Administrative Office, under the direction of Mayor Baker. In a Special Called meeting of the Council, Mayor Baker and the Council joined enthusiastically in voting to appoint Ms. Hanbury to this key leadership position in the Semmes City government. Ms. Hanbury brings 26 years of prior experience in municipal government to the young City of Semmes. She has worked in various departments in city government including a Police Department, Planning Department, City Manager’s Office, Community Services, and 16 years in a City Clerk/Mayor’s Office.
City Of Semmes Fire Chief/EMA Director, Kevin Brooks, reports that crews have been surveying the city and police jurisdiction since a little before daybreak this morning and are reporting only minor damage. A downed power line was found in the Coleman Dairy Road area and was reported to Alabama Power. Power outages are scattered – some neighborhoods with power and others without.
Mobile County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to an armed robbery at the Game Stop, 7941 Moffett Road, yesterday evening. The store manager reported the suspect was a 6’1″ B/M, had his face covered with a shirt and was armed with a black pistol. The subject made the manager and two guest in the store go into the bathroom. Cash was taken and a Playstation 4. MCSO continues the investigation.
Employees from the City of Semmes Public Works and Semmes Fire Department continue to enhance their Emergency Operations education. Four employees City Of Semmes employees successfully completed the “ALL- Hazards Events,”a three-day Emergency Operations class, at Baldwin County EMA in Robertsdale, AL. on September 26, 27 and 28. The class was attended by Alabama emergency operations personnel from across the state. The class, sponsored by FEMA, was presented by Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) in College Station.