Archived News Items

October 27, 2016 - ***FOUND******* SILVER ALERT ***** Joint Mission with LASAR and Escambia County Florida! Silver Alert

 October 23, 2016 - ****** UPDATED CONFERENCE AND CLASS SCHEDULE IN CONFERENCE AREA ********

October 10, 2016 - ***Conference Schedule Change***
Due to unforeseen circumstances there are changes to the schedule.
1. The boater education class will now be Thursday, Nov 10, at 0800. This class will include the basic boater education materials as well as expanded information of interest to rescue responders. 
2. The Basic Ropes Techniques class will be shortened and will run from 1PM to 5PM on Friday, Nov 11.
3. There will be a presentation on the FirstNet Responder network on Friday,Nov 11, at 1PM.

September 1, 2016 - More updates to 2016 Conference Page!

August 8, 2016 - 2016 Conference Page updated!

August 8, 2016 - 3rd Quarter Magazine posted!

August 3, 2016 - The AARS will be represented for the first time on the State Emergency Medical Control Committee (SEMCC) at the committee meeting on September 6th.  If there are any concerns or needs that you feel should be addressed by the SEMCC, please advise AARS representative Chad Singleton by August 15th so they can be added to the agenda.  If you have any questions please contact Chad Singleton.  2ndVP@alars.org or 251-377-4405.

July 17, 2016 - 3rd Quarter Meeting information posted below!

May 16, 2016 - 2nd Quarter AARS Magazine Posted!

May 13, 2016 - Act numbers have been assigned!
SB159 Rescuer LODD Benefit - ACT 2016-385 effective August 1, 2016
HB379 Opoid OD Bill - ACT 2016-307 effective immediately
SB339 SEMCC bill - ACT 2016-394 effective immediately

May 3, 2016 - 2nd Quarter Hotel Information and Agenda posted below. I apologize for the delay! MS

May 1, 2016 - Please contact Speaker Mike Hubbard at 334-242-7609 and Rules Chair Mac McCutchen at 334-242-7673 and ask them to pick SB159 for the Special Order Calendar. This week is the last week of the session with only 2 days left. This is our LODD Benefit bill. Thank you!

April 28, 2016 - Please contact your Senators and ask them to support HB379. This is the Opoid OD bill. Full text is available under the Legislative Section of the website. THANK YOU!

April 5, 2016 - The officers of the AARS are asking everyone to contact the following Senators and Representatives to encourage their support of SB339 and HB397 which will be in committee hearing tomorrow at 12PM and 9AM respectively. These companion bills would add EMS providers to the State Emergency Medical Control Committee and give EMS a much stronger voice in rules, protocols, and disciplinary actions as they pertain to EMS in the state.
Senators:
Sen. Dial 334-242-7874
Sen. McClendon 334-242-7898
Sen. Sen. Beasley 334-242-7868
Sen. Blackwell 334-242-7851
Sen. Bussman 334-242-7855
Sen. Coleman 334-242-7864
Sen. Melson 334-242-7888
Sen. Reed 334-242-7894
Sen. 334-242-7894
Sen. Smith 334-242-7879
Sen. Stutts 334-242-7862
Sen. Waggoner 334-242-7892
Sen. Ward 334-42-7873
Sen. Whatley 334-242-7865
Representatives:
Rep. Weaver (Committee Chair)
Rep. Fridy
Rep. Warren
Rep. Hall
Rep. Millican
Rep. Knight
Rep. Beech
Rep. Crawford
Rep. Johnson
Rep. Lee
Rep. Mooney
Rep. Nordgren
Rep. J.W. Williams
They can all be reached by calling 334-242-7600 and asking for their office.

February 8, 2016 - HB100 information posted under Legislative Information.

January 29, 2016 - It is with great sadness to inform you that Michael Eadie from Carbon Hill Rescue Squad passed away... viewing January 30th from 6 -9 at Collins-Burke Funeral Home in Jasper. Funeral will be January 31st at 2:00 PM at Carbon Hill First Baptist Church

January 29, 2016 - 1st Quarter Magazine posted!

January 22, 2016 - LASAR will be hosting a hot dog and hamburger cookout on Friday February 19 from 4pm to 9pm. LASAR is celebrating their 16th year as an AARS member squad and invite everyone out.

November 30, 2015 - 1st Quarter 2016 Agenda, Map, and Hotel information posted!

November 6, 2015 - NIMS/ICS 400 HAS BEEN CANCELLED AT CONFERENCE DUE TO LACK OF PARTICIPATION.

November 3, 2015 - 4th Quarter Magazine posted! We apologize for the delay!

October 20, 2015 - There will be a photographer at conference who will be available before and after the banquet to take pictures!

August 23, 2015 - 2015 Conference Information Posted under Conference

August 20, 2015 - House Resolution 272 Recognizing September 27, 2015 as First Responder Day can be viewed HERE

July 26, 2015 - 3rd Quarter Rescuer Magazine is posted!

July 18, 2015 - Ronnie Danner Appreciation Day Aug 2, 2015. Click HERE for flyer.

July 3, 2015 -  WATER SEARCH AND RECOVER TRAINING JULY 11 & 12, POSTED IN TRAINING AREA.

June 26, 2015 - 3rd Quarter Meeting information posted.

June 2, 2015 - ACT Numbers for 2015 Legislative Session posted under legislative Information area.

June 2,  2015 - The Alabama EMS License Plate is now available for pre-order commitment. They need 1000 comittments to go to production. If you would like to order go here: https://precommit.mvtrip.alabama.gov/UserCommit/Index

May 12, 2015 - Legislative Update: SB177 ad valoreum and HB182 First Responder Day creation are both on Special Order Calendar for Thursday. HB246 on Defibrillators passed and has been signed by the Governor.

April 27, 2015 - 2nd Quarter Magazine has been posted.

April 22, 2015 - SB177 has come out of the House Ways and Means Committee with a favorable report. It now goes before the House floor for a vote and then on to the Governor.

April 19, 2015 - 2nd Quarterly Information posted.

April 16, 2015 - SB177 has passed the Senate and is now in the Ways and Means General Committee in the House for discussion Wednesday. SB387 relating to the Advisory Board for the training, qualification, and licensing of EMS Personnel has been introduced.

April 9, 2015 - All Squads in the following counties that have Senate representation from Senators Holtzclaw, Melson, Orr, Pittman, and Stutts: Baldwin. Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, and Morgan Counties, please make every attempt to contact your particular Senator and ask him to please vote in favor of SB 217 on our Lodging Tax and Real Property.  These senators voted against it if commette this week.  Chauncey has asked them to reconcider.  But they need to understand that it effects their squads at quarterly meetings and and conference and this just brings us in to alignment with other agencies according to 40-9-13.  Very important to mention 40-9-13.

March 20, 2015 - 2015 Legislative Session Bill Information posted under Legislation area.

February 18, 2015 - The 1st Quarterly Meeting will be held as scheduled unless there is a drastic change in weather.

February 13, 2015 - Officers and Committees updated. 1st Quarter Rescuer Magazine Posted.

January 13, 2015 - 1st Quarter 2015 Meeting Information Posted.

January 13, 2015 - Bylaw Amendments that were adopted at Conference have been posted under Membership Information.

January 13, 2015 - 2015 and 2016 Quarterly Meeting Locations Posted

October 30, 2014 - Ebola class by Andy Mullins, M.P.A.  Health Services Administrator Care for Emergency Preparedness. State of Alabama Department of Public Health, has been added on Friday from 1300 - 1400.

October 21, 2014 - Karoke will be on Friday night after the Seafood Boil, and music will be after the Awards Banquet as well.

October 20, 2014 - BOATING CERTIFICATION CLASS MOVED FROM THURSDAY TO FRIDAY AT CONFERENCE! ADDITIONAL CLASS ADDED ON FRIDAY AT 1500 hrs FOR P25 COMMUNICATIONS PUT ON BY DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. ALL SQUAD OFFICERS NEED TO ATTEMPT TO ATTEND THIS P25 CLASS!

October 16, 2014 - 4th Quarter Rescuer Magazine posted.

October 9, 2014 - 2 Additional Classes listed in the Conference Area.

October 4, 2014 - Conference information posted under Conference Area.

September 13, 2014 - Squad list updated on Member Squad page.

August 24, 2014 - Surplus / SD1 Property area created.

August 4, 2014 - 3rd Quarter Magazine has been sent out. We apologize for the extended delay this quarter, but had some personal issues and a family emergency to deal with. Be safe!

July 14, 2014 - Lt Governor Kay Ivey and Governor Robert Bentley will be at the 3rd Quarterly Meeting at 1pm. Would love to have a big turnout for this meeting.

April 30, 2014 - CORRECTION ON LOG CABIN IN PHONE NUMBER (251) 494-0234

April 27, 2014 - 2nd Quarter Magazine Posted

April 25, 2014 - 2nd Quarter Meeting Information Posted

March 7, 2014 - HB68, HB69, HB167 have passed the House and moved to the Senate.

March 3, 2014 - Legislative Update: SB149 has been enacted. HB 167 is to be voted on on Wednesday 3/5/14 and is expected to pass. HB68 & HB69 are expected to be  voted on by the House on Wednesday 3/5/14 and then move on to the Senate.

February 17, 2014 - The list of Member Squads has been updated with the current Squads.

FEBRUARY 11, 2014 - **ATTENTION** The Quarterly Meeting scheduled for this Saturday February 15th has been cancelled and rescheduled until March 15th in Fort Payne...please pass the word

January 19, 2013 - 1st Quarter Rescuer Magazine posted.

January 15, 2014 - HB68 and SB149 are now out of committee. They should both have their second readings today. Please follow on ALISON.

January 14, 2014 -  New bills posted in Legislation area. Please read and have your Senators and Representatives support.

January 12, 2014 - 1st Quarterly Meeting information posted!

October 31, 2013 - James Miller will be giving the dive lecture portion that he did at the September Training on Friday morning at the end of the Search and Rescue Class at conference.

October 12, 2013 - 4th Quarter Magazine has been posted. Also information on the Human Trafficking Class has been posted in the conference area.

September 19, 2013 - As a reminder, if a picture is taken by someone other than a member of your squad, you must have that person's permission and give them full credit for the photo for any article or scrapbook submission.

September 16, 2013 - Fall Training information posted under training. Reminder it is September 21, 2013!

September 10, 2013 - 2013 Conference Information posted.

August 26, 2013 - Ider Rescue Squad is holding an Extrication Class Friday Aug 30 and Satuday Aug 31st. Friday starts at 5pm. Saturday starts at 8am. Contact Pat Gifford @ 256-605-2429 or Instructor Jason Heard 256-630-1802

July 23, 2013 - 3rd Quarter 2013 Rescuer Magazine posted.

July 17, 2013 - Chris Cantrell is needing anyone who is interested in the pilot program for the new SAR class to contact him at sarcentral@gmail.com The course will be in August or September and will be Mon - Fri with 1 overnight exercise.

July 17, 2013 - 3rd Quarter Meeting information posted.

May 28, 2013 - 2013 Regular Session Legislative Update posted to Legislation area.

May 17, 2013 - Bills posted to Legislation area. Communications MOU posted under Membership Information

April , 2013 - 2nd Quarter AARS Magazine is posted!

April 11, 2013 - HB584 sponsored by Richard Laird and Richard Baughn relating to the lodging tax exemption for Rescue Squads and the AARS. Please contact your representative and ask them to support this bill!

April 10, 2013 - 2nd Quarterly Meeting Information posted.

February 16, 2013 - **** 2nd Quarter Meeting Date changed to May 11, 2013!!! ****

February 7, 2013- Squad Directory for 2013 posted to Captain's Area.

January 27, 2013 - New form to provide need information from hosting Squads for Quarterly Meetings posted under FORMS. If you are hosting a Quarterly Meeting this form needs to be filled out and sent to the Editor. It is an Adobe fillable form.

January 26, 2013 - 1st Quarter 2013 AARS Magazine Posted!

January 23, 2013 - 1st Quarter Meeting information posted.

December 6, 2012 - New ad under vendor section about the FREE Accidental Death & Disability Insurance. Check it out!

December 1, 2012 - Narrow Band information. The AARS has been licensed for Narrowband since July 2011. You can change your radios over to Narrowband emissions for the AARS frequencies of 155.265 and 155.295 immediately. The frequencies have not changed, only the emission type. If you have any questions, please contact Michael Stone @ (256) 755-1023.

October 16, 2012 - PLEASE NOTE THE CORRECT NUMBER FOR THE HOLIDAY INN IN DECATUR IS (256) 355-3150

October 13, 2012 - 4th Quarter AARS Magazine posted.

August 19, 2012 - Fall Training Registration form posted under Training.

August 19, 2012 - 2012 Conference Information Posted

August 8, 2012 - Lunch at the 3rd Quarterly meeting will be provided by Brock Butts with Peach State Ambulance.Thank you Brock!!

July 27, 2012 - 3rd Quarter 2012 Rescuer Magazine posted, as well as Agenda and Map!

May 22, 2012 - Squad Vehicle tag exemption information posted under Legislation

May 5, 2012 - 2nd Quarter Rescuer Magazine posted. 2nd Quarterly Meeting information posted.

January 31, 2012 - ATTENTION ALL SQUADS - THE AARS HAS BEEN CONTACTED ABOUT A FUNDRAISER USING PICTURES OF THE APRIL 27TH TORNADOS. THE EXECUTIVE BOARD HAS DISCUSSED THIS AND DECIDED THAT IT IS NOT IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE AARS OR ANY SQUAD IN THE AARS TO ATTEMPT TO PROFIT FROM PEOPLE'S DEVESTATION. IF YOU ARE APPROACHED ABOUT THIS FUNDRAISER YOU ARE ENCOURAGED NOT TO PARTICIPATE. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT THE EXECUTIVE BOARD.

January 21, 2012 - 1st Quarter 2012 Rescuer Magazine posted, as well as Agenda and Map!

October 26, 2011 - **ATTENTION** THE FOLLOWING CLASSES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED FOR CONFERENCE DUE TO LACK OF REGISTRATION: INSTRUCTOR COURSE, PARAMEDIC REFRESHER COURSE, PALS, ITLS, AND ACLS.

October 14, 2011 - 4th Quarter Rescuer Magazine Posted!

August 29, 2011 - 2011 Conference Information Posted!

August 19, 2011 - New page for Special Announcements added to left hand side. These announcements are for special requests. Please check it out!

July 28, 2011 - Piece of World Trade Center Steel made a stop at the Alabama Fire College. Check out the videos here including Chauncey speaking! CBS 42 Story  ABC Story

July 28, 2011 - Updated "Good Samaritan" Law posted under legislative area, Please be familiar with it!

July 11, 2011 - 3Q2011 Rescuer Magazine posted. 3rd Quarterly Meeting information posted.

July 4, 2011 - EVOC Full Course/Refresher Course @ Ider Rescue Squad July 22. More details under training.

May 20, 2011 - IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING TORNADO DISASTER RESUPPLY ASSISTANCE CAN BE FOUND IN THIS LETTER FROM ALLAN RICE.

May 20, 2011 - Note - When clicking on email links on the website it will attempt to send the email from the default email program from your browser. If you use WEBMAIL, such as Yahoo, Hotmail, Gmail, etc you will have to copy and paste the email address into the email manually. I will be making some changes as soon as possible to make this an easier process. Thanks for your support! Mike Stone - Webmaster

May 2, 2011 - Cullman Rescue Squad is looking for EMTs and EVOC drivers to help out immediately. Please contact Shannon Hipp at 256-531-5069.

May 2, 2011 - 2011 2nd Quarter Rescuer Magazine Posted under Magazine Link

May 2, 2011 - New Yahoo Mailing List created for Rescuer Magazine. Please subscribe under Rescuer Magazine Link. When subscribing, please include your current Squad. Thanks!

April 28, 2011 - If you need to contact Debbie Tidwell for an EMERGENCY NEED, contact her on her cell phone. Non-emergency requests will be handled as soon as possible, but will be delayed due to the widespread damage and power outages in the ENTIRE North Alabama area.

April 28, 2011 - NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: DUE TO THE WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGE AND STORM DAMAGE THE 2nd QUARTER MAGAZINE WILL BE DELAYED. WE HAVE NO POWER AT THE HOUSE TO BE ABLE TO FINISH PRINTING THE MAGAZINE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING.

April 20, 2011 - Received a call this evining from Brian Bailey, they have a drowning that they are requesting assistance with. They are needing help Friday April 22 and Saturday April 23, if anyone can assist contact Brian Bailey 256 509-4785. This in in the area of Laceys Spring on Hwy 36 off Talacuh Rd.

April 19, 2011 - ***** THE PUBLIC SAFETY DRIVER AND LINE TENDER COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF REGISTRATION. *****

April 13, 2011 - *DATE CHANGE* The Basic SAR Class dates have been changed to May 28-29th due to Mother's Day weekend,

April 6, 2011 - Basic SAR Class hosted by Addison Rescue Squad May 7-8, 2011. More information under TRAINING.

April 3, 2011 - REMINDER: Registration for the Public Safety Diver and Line Tender course MUST be completed by April 15, 2011. This class is in danger of being cancelled due to lack of registration. Thanks!

March 26, 2011 - 2nd Quarterly Meeting Agenda and Map Posted.

March 13, 2011- PSD Diver and Line Tender Course information posted under TRAINING.

February 20, 2011 - Member Squads have been updated. Please make sure your Squad's information is correct! If you find any errors please email: webmaster@alars.org

February 19, 2011 - AARS now has a Yahoo Group. Search for Alabama Association of Rescue Squads on Yahoo groups. Group homepage: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/alars

January 30, 2011 - Just a note from me, Gwen, the editor.  If you get the mailed version of the magazine, it will might not get to you in time this quarter.  In the past the delays have been post office related and again, to some extent, that is the case here.  Moving a postal permit from one post office to the other takes a lot longer than expected.  I am also still working out the kinks and timing in printing it and mailing it myself. Anyway, if you know of anyone who does not have access to the internet, please pass along the conference information to them. 

January 30, 2011 - AARS 1st Quarter 2011 Rescuer Magazine Posted under Magazines link.

January 28, 2011 - 2011 Committee Appointments posted under Officers and Commitees

January 27, 2011 - Hotel information posted for 1st Quarter Meeting. If you have already made your reservation, please call back and confirm that they have you listed as AARS.

January 2, 2011 - Happy New Year!

October 21, 2010 - New EMS Rules released by ADPH for Public Comment. See Letter from Dennis Blair. EMS Rules for Public Comment HERE

September 23, 2010 - 4th Quarter Rescuer Magazine Posted

September 18, 2010 - 2010 Conference information posted!

September 18, 2010 - Extrication Class in Ider Sept 25-26. See Training Area for Details.

August 10, 2010 - CPR Class in Ider Aug 24th. See Training area for details.

August 3, 2010 - Please review this memo from ADPH regarding IV Fluids and Football Players.

August 1, 2010 - Newsletter from Executive Board regarding 3rd Quarter Rescuer Magazine posted here and under Magazines

July 26. 2010 - Updated 3rd Quarter Agenda

July 19, 2010 - The State of Alabama Office of EMS & Trauma is talking about a National Registry Amnesty program. Read the details here. Please contact an AARS Officer with any comments/questions both good and bad.

July 18, 2010 - 3rd Quarterly Meeting information posted below.

July 13, 2010 - Two members of Athens-Limestone Rescue Squad lost everything due to a house fire. Click here for more details.

July 11, 2010 - If you know someone who would like to be nominated for an office, or if you would like to run for office, please contact a member of the Nominating Committee.

July 11, 2010 - New Training Opportunities on Training area.

April 12, 2010 - 2Q2010 Rescuer Magazine Posted. 2Q2010 Meeting agenda and map posted.

March 7, 2010 - Member Squads List updated, Captain's area added. For access to Captain's Area email: sectreas@alars.org

March 3, 2010 - Community Grant Application and Guidelines posted under Legislation Area!

January 22, 2010 - 1st Quarter 2010 Rescuer Magazine Posted!

January 19, 2010 - New Boat Bill Introduced. HB337. Posted in LEGISLATION INFORMATION area.

January 18, 2010 - 1st Quarterly Meeting information posted below!

January 17, 2010 - Please check your Squad's contact information on the website and make sure it is correct. If there are any changes please send email to webmaster@alars.org.

December 2, 2009 - EMS Bill Final Draft posted to legislation information area. Please review and send comments and/or concerns to a member of the Executive Board.

October 11, 2009 - 4th Quarter Rescuer Magazine posted!

October 5, 2009 - 2009 Conference Information Added. Link on Left!

September 13, 2009 - Added Forum feature to website, check it out! Link is on the left.

September 7, 2009 - Fuel Tax Refund forms and information posted under AARS Forms Section!

September 3, 2009 - New Honor Guard Section has new Honor Guard Manual, Conference information added on bottom of main page, additional training added under training section.

August 15, 2009 - Sign up for Electronic Version of Alabama Rescuer Magazine instead of Print Version by clicking here!

July 28, 2009 - New Training Opportunities posted under Training Information!

July 15, 2009 - 2009 3rd Quarter Rescuer Magazine is posted under the Alabama Rescuer Magazine!

July 9, 2009  - The AARS Website is currently undergoing redesign. Please feel free to send suggestions to the webmaster: webmaster@alars.org . Please check back often to see the changes.