Cottonwood Fire Dept.
P.O. Box 447
1386 Metcalf St., Ste.1
Cottonwood, Alabama
Billy J. Mims, Chief
Office (334) 691-3112
Dispatch (334) 677-4807
Fax (334) 691-3111

Subject: Fire Dept. Monthly Report for February 2013
Prepared on March 5, 2013

The Cottonwood Fire Dept. responded to 3 calls for service during February.

 1 – Weather related (lines and trees down)
 1 – Live Structure Fire (Madrid)
 1 – Possible Structure Fire – Cancelled Enroute (Lucy)

Approximately 7,000 gallons of water was used at the Madrid fire by both Cottonwood FD and Madrid FD.

One of the regular meetings was cancelled due to inclement weather.  Members were on standby due to the probability of severe weather.  Within the last two weeks of February over 20" of rainfall was recorded in central and southeast Houston County. Amazingly, there were no calls for service related to flooding in our area. In the past, events due to flooding have been common with many man-hours spent assisting victims.
The only call during this period in February was to a power line down south of the downtown district.

The structure fire in Madrid occurred after midnight. The residence was unoccupied and fully involved when Madrid and Cottonwood FD's were dispatched. Cottonwood supplied two fire engines and six firefighters to the scene. Keep in mind that these firefighters are unpaid and must report to their regular jobs after having little or no sleep.

The call to assist Lucy FD was also in the early morning hours. Luckily, before our engine could leave the station, a Lucy firefighter arrived and cancelled our assistance. Again, unpaid volunteers responding 18 miles away in the middle of the night to a call for help.

The Cottonwood Fire Dept. roster currently consists of twenty four active members. Five of these members are Certified Firefighters by the State of Alabama. This means that they attended classes consisting of many hours of classroom and physical training. Classes are sponsored by the Alabama Fire College and are held at various departments around the state each year. Of the twenty four on our roster, ten have been members for over fifteen years.  Some members also volunteer with neighboring departments and some are professional firefighters/medics in larger nearby departments.