Family Escapes Flaming Home

A Sullivan Road family fled their burning home some time shortly after 7:00 p.m. last night, Friday, March 3, 2017. Chief Kevin Brooks of Semmes Fire Rescue stated that upon arrival, fire fighters found the home’s occupants safely outside the home which sustained heavy fire damage. Semmes Fire Rescue had the flames beat down within 4 minutes and no calls were made for assistance. The state fire marshal was called in to investigate the cause of the fire.

Our Complacency Is Killing Us

Motor Vehicle Deaths in 2016 Estimated to be Highest in Nine Years; Sharpest Two-Year Climb in 53 Years
National Safety Council offers insight into what drivers are doing and calls for immediate implementation of proven, life-saving measures

ITASCA, Ill., Feb. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — For the first time in nearly a decade, preliminary 2016 data from the National Safety Councilestimates that as many as 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes last year. That marks a 6 percent increase over 2015, and a 14 percent increase over 2014 – the most dramatic two-year escalation since 1964 – 53 years. The preliminary estimate means 2016 may have been the deadliest year on the nation’s roads since 2007. An estimated 4.6 million additional roadway users were seriously injuredi in 2016, and estimated cost to society was $432 billion.

SEMMES MAYOR-ELECT DAVID BAKER ANNOUNCES HIS PUBLIC SAFETY PLAN

SEMMES MAYOR-ELECT DAVID BAKER
ANNOUNCES HIS PUBLIC SAFETY PLAN
      After consulting with firemen, concerned citizens, and attorneys, Mayor-Elect David Baker today announced his plans and proposals for a much-improved Fire and Rescue Service to serve all of the residents now being served, but with faster response times, a more stable workforce, and newer equipment. The long-serving, much-appreciated, Semmes Volunteer Fire Department of the past exists today in name only. Only three volunteers remain. Now, professional City-paid crews man the three Semmes stations around the clock. Our Public Safety Committee will work closely with the Fire Chief and other members of the Fire Department to develop a list of urgent priorities, starting with personal safety equipment for all firemen.  I would like to bring those needs to the Council for action as soon as possible.