If you have an emergency, be it fire, medical, or criminal, always dial 911. All of our Department responses to an emergency come from Marion County Dispatch as a result of your 911 call.
JHFD recently responded to four emergency calls; a medical emergency and an automobile wreck on the Mountain Road. We also responded to two calls for Mutual Aid, both from New Hope Fire Department; a brush fire and an outdoor hoarding fire.
Reminder: When driving up or down the Mountain Road, please do not speed, stay in your lane, and most importantly, drive defensively. As the Community grows, we are seeing more residents, more visitors, and more construction vehicles. Be careful out there!
Intensive training continues in the Fire Hall with courses in Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), Fighting Electric Vehicle Fires, Firefighting in Hoarding Structures, Use of our new Multi-Gas Detectors, Fire Engine Pump Operations, and Emergency Vehicle Driver Training.
American Water Corporation has recently installed five new Fire Hydrants on the Mountain: one at the end of River Bluffs Road and four along the length of Crockett Point Road in Jasper Farms. These new hydrants will greatly increase our fire protection coverage. We now have over 63 operation Fire Hydrants on the Mountain!
Thanks to the tremendous generosity of the Jasper Highlands residents during our fundraising events of the past year we have been able to purchase some excellent firefighting equipment. A number of critical items have been purchased. What is especially exciting are our DeWalt Lithium-Ion All Electric Power Implements: reciprocating saws, chainsaws, and circular cutoff saws. One set of each for every fire truck! These tools give our firefighters the ability to execute cutting requirements instantaneously with an enormous amount of power. They are light weight, simple, reliable, and quick.
This month’s Firefighter Spotlight is on U.S. Navy Veteran Gary Benanti from New York.
What did you do in your professional life before moving to Jasper Highlands?
I was Suffolk County PSEG Manager for over 75 high voltage electric substations throughout Long Island, New York. My responsibilities included oversight of operations, maintenance, and new construction. I worked this career for 39 years.
What made you want to become a firefighter at this stage of your life?
Jasper Highlands has a wonderful sense of Community and at the young age of 60, I felt that I could contribute. I want to be part of that and give something back.
What do you like most about Jasper Highlands Fire Department?
Words cannot describe the wonderful group of people who give selflessly to the Community of Jasper Highlands. From the great leadership of our officers to the new Firefighters, I feel a sense of family. Each member looks to grow the Department and themselves. It’s a great place to be!
Mark your calendars for July 2, 2022 as JHFD kicks off the 4th of July Weekend with an exciting Festival and Open House!
You can effortlessly support the Jasper Highlands Fire Department by using AmazonSmile.com when purchasing merchandise on the Internet. Amazon will make a charitable donation of .5% of your purchase value to our fire Department at no additional cost to you! During signup, simply type in Jasper Highlands Volunteer Fire Department, Location: Union Grove, AL as that is where our finance department is located. This is a great way to accumulate dollars to help us protect you!
If you would like to join our team, please contact Chief Lowell Hardin at ph. 256-529-1658. Thank you and stay safe!