Fire Department FAQs
How do I become a Volunteer Firefighter or EMT?
We are always looking for great people who want to help our community by volunteering. Contact Fire Station #1 at 334-285-6707 from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday thru Friday and ask how to become a volunteer or come to training on any Tuesday night at 7 pm at Fire Station #1 located at 3820 Grandview Road.
Fire & EMS Training
Training for Firefighters and EMT’s is every Tuesday night at 7 pm at Fire Station #1 located at 3820 Grandview Road. All firefighting training starts in-house and progresses to outside courses. EMS training also is done in-house, but to receive an EMT license you must attend class at Trenholm Technical College in Montgomery to obtain certification.
CPR classes are taught on an as needed basis for people in the community. Contact Lt. Dallas Dunlap at 334-285-6707 for details.
How do I get a copy of an incident report?
If you need a copy of an incident report or a Patient Care Report please bring a valid ID to Fire Station # 1 located at 3820 Grandview Road and speak with the Administrative Officer. Patient Care Reports can only be released to the patient or family with a notarized release due to HIPPA regulations.
Can I come to the fire station to have my blood pressure checked?
Yes. Personnel at Fire Station #1, located at 3820 Grandview Road or Fire Station #3, located at 304 Deatsville Highway can check your blood pressure free of charge if they are not on an emergency call.
Will the Millbrook Fire Department fill my swimming pool?
No. Residents may fill their own pools by contacting their Utilities Department to rent a water meter and fill the pool using a hydrant. Hoses may be rented through local equipment rental vendors. Another suggestion is to contact a pool company and ask if they have a list of vendors who might be able to provide this service for you.
When an emergency vehicle is approaching with emergency lights and sirens, what should I do?
By law, you are required to pull to the right and stop. This allows fire apparatus to continue response safely and quickly.
Who do I contact about my ambulance service bill?
PPS, Inc. currently handles our billing for ambulance transport. To contact them, call 877-288-8561 or visit them at www.ppsmedbill.com. If you have insurance information you can drop it off at Fire Station #1, located at 3820 Grandview Road.
How do I get a burn permit?
Burn Permits are issued at Fire Station #1 located at 3820 Grandview Road or Station #3 located at 304 Deatsville Highway. Drop by either one of these locations between 8 am and 5 pm or give us a call at 334-285-6707 and we will send someone out to inspect your burn pile.
Why do so many fire apparatuses respond to simple incidents?
Units are dispatched according to information received by Dispatch. Many times the type of situation found upon arrival is very different from the situation dispatched. Part of responding to an emergency situation means being prepared to deal with the worst case scenario. Discovering that we need more units upon arrival is often too late. Experience has taught us that it’s better to have too much help than not enough.
Why do fire trucks with full lights and sirens go through red lights at intersections and then, after they go through, they turn off their lights and slow down?
Sometimes several units are dispatched to the same incident. When the first unit arrives on scene, they may assess the situation and inform the dispatcher they can handle the emergency. All other responding units are then cancelled and put back into service, ready to take another call.
Why do firefighters cut holes in the roof of a building on fire?
This is called “ventilation.” There are two basic reasons for ventilating the roof. Dangerous gases and dark smoke accumulate in a burning building making it impossible for firefighters to see. When a hole is made in the roof, smoke and gases escape because heat and smoke rise; this makes it much easier for the firefighters in the building to see. It also reduces the possibilities of backdraft (an explosion of heated gases) and flashover (a quick transition to a fully developed fire). Another reason is to see how far the fire has progressed. One of the fastest avenues through which fires spread is the attic. Heat and smoke rise into the attic where fire can move quickly. Firefighters may go ahead of the fire on a roof, cut holes to access the attic and stop the fire from spreading.
Why do I see firefighters breaking windows when a building is on fire?
Dangerous superheated gases need to be ventilated to allow firefighters to safely and quickly rescue trapped occupants and extinguish the fire. By venting the window of a room that’s on fire actually helps to contain the fire to the room of origin. Otherwise heated gases spread throughout the inside of a structure. Breaking a window really prevents more damage than it appears to cause.
Why do fire trucks respond to motor vehicle accidents?
Automobile accidents present other hazards such as potential fire, ruptured fuel tanks, and/or the presence of hazardous materials. If any occupants are trapped, they will begin the extrication (removal) process. Since most of our firefighters are also trained Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), they can begin assessing an injured party’s condition and assist in providing treatment prior to the arrival of ambulance personnel.
How do I schedule a tour of a fire station?
The Millbrook Fire Department welcomes the opportunity to have the public visit any of our stations. If your school or civic group would like to schedule a tour, please call (334) 285-6707, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. You will be asked to provide a name, contact number, the number of participants and any date preferences. A member of our department will contact you to schedule the tour. In addition to touring the station and viewing apparatus and equipment, fire personnel can also provide your group with age appropriate fire safety/fire prevention materials.
What about birthday parties?
Unfortunately, our fire stations are not set up to accommodate birthday parties. We can, however, schedule a tour for your group which has been scheduled separately from the party.