Jemison's Fire Chief John Dennis (left below) was honored recently as one of the Hoover FD's Firefighters of the Year for 2013.
Chief Dennis as served Jemison as our part-time Fire Chief for several years now while maintaining his full time position as a Hoover FD Captain.
He brings tremendous experience and knowledge to our City along with some big ideas for Jemison that we can grow into.
John Dennis honored
Following is a story posted on AL.COM about his
You can also find an article at The Clanton Advertiser
, AlabamaÂ - It started out like a routine medical call.
Hoover fire Capt. John Dennis and his crew from Fire Station No. 6 were sent to the Renaissance Ross Bridge Resort and Conference Center a little after 5 a.m. on a March morning after receiving a report of a person going in and out of consciousness and vomiting.
first thought was food poisoning, but he
quickly ruled that out after learning none of them had eaten the same foods.
then immediately thought something toxic might be in the room.
questioned hotel security and ruled out the room heating system when he
learned it was electric, Brocato said.
Still suspicious, Dennis
removed everyone from the room and ordered a carbon monoxide reading, which revealed extremely high readings of carbon monoxide, Brocato said.
called for more help, treated the three patients and sent them to the hospital and immediately began investigating other rooms, finding more victims, Brocato said.
"We are convinced that had Capt. Dennis treated these patients based upon his first impression and had he not acted upon his instincts, many people could have become sick and possibly died," Brocato said.
Hoover Paramedic of the Year Capt. John Dennis
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Hoover fire Capt. John Dennis
Dennis first became an emergency medical technician in 1980, with Hank's Ambulance Service.
He completed his paramedic training in 1985 and joined the Hoover Fire Department in 1986.
He was promoted to lieutenant at Fire Station No. 7 in Inverness in 1997 and in 2004 was named Hoover's Firefighter of the Year.
He was promoted to captain at Fire Station No. 3 in Riverchase in 2009.
Dennis is an ordained Baptist minister and serves as one of the Hoover Fire Department's chaplains.
He also serves as chief of the Jemison Fire Department.
wife, Janet, live in Calera and have two children, Jessica and Jennifer.
Jemison Fire Chief John Dennis has been working diligently for months to setup Jemison's own Emergency Transport service through the Jemison Fire and Rescue Department.
Chief Dennis researched the program and funding options and presented the program to the City Council last year.
With approval he
pursued the required standards, equipment and other responsibilities required for the funding.
Just this month he
has overseen the beginning of the transport system in our City
Chief John Dennis said the ambulance responded to three calls on the first day with the first emergency call shortly after the service started at 8 a.m. this past Monday morning.
â€œWe wanted everything to start at 8 a.m. and it was at 8 a.m. we had our first call from someone needing an emergency transport,â€ Dennis said. â€œWe wound up transporting three people with the service on the first day so it was a busy day.â€
is the first city in Chilton County to be able to provide response to 911 calls from a city-owned ambulance purchased in 2008.Â The city of Jemison will now have an emergency transport system through JFD
as the fire and emergency medical provider for all 911 calls.
said one of the benefits to having the program is it will provide a service to the residents of Jemison
with the ability to respond in a timely fashion.
The Mayor and City Council thank Chief Dennis for his perseverance to improve our City's services to our residents.
The FEMA Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency (SAFER) grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will allow the Jemison Fire Department to hire two new full-time fire personnel to enhance coverage between the normal workday hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., according to Fire Chief John Dennis.
â€œOne challenge a volunteer-based department has is assembling and responding to fire and rescue calls during working hours when members are at their jobs,â€ Dennis
said in a release. â€œThis grant will allow our department to have a minimum of two firefighters on full-time duty during the daytime hours.
It will help to expand the protection that we are able to provide to our community.â€
said the department had been pursuing the grant for several years and was excited to be chosen as the recipient of the grant this year.
Currently, the department has two part-time paid firefighters and 20 volunteer firefighters.
said on average, JFD
responds to 75 calls per month.
â€œThis grant will allow us to be able to respond more rapidly with full credentialed personnel to manage incidents,â€ Dennis
Dennis thanked Congressman Spencer Bachus for his support of the fire grant program. â€œThe Jemison Fire Department provides excellent service to the community and this grant will further enhance its coverage.â€ Bachus said in a release. â€œFirefighters risk their own safety and lives to protect us and deserve the resources that will allow them to respond quickly and effectively to emergency calls.