Archived News

November 6, 2022 Please note the Mantracking class at conference will be on THURSDAY not FRIDAY.
November 3, 2022 On October 26th at approximately 0930, AARS squads were paged out on a missing person call for Mr. Jackie Hale in Blount County. Mr. Hale was located and identified by rescuers on Friday evening, October 28th, at which time he evaded rescuers. After careful consideration it was decided to call off the search due to safety concerns for Mr. Hale and the search and rescue personnel. AARS would like to thank everyone for their efforts on this search and for the service to your communities. —AARS Executive Board
October 23, 2022 4th Quarter 2022 Rescuer Magazine Posted
September 22, 2022 Next Loaner Day: Friday October 14, 2022 from 0800 – 1500. Contact Chauncey to setup an appointment.
September 16, 2022 Remember to start gathering door prizes for Conference.
September 16, 2022 The 8 Hour CPR class at Conference is CPR/AED/BLS Provider Initial Course/Renewal course.
September 6, 2022 Fall Training Information Posted on Facebook and under Upcoming Classes!
September 6, 2022 2022 Conference Information posted!
August 17, 2022 Zoom Information for the 3rd Quarter Meeting. The meeting ID is 789 428 7846 For the passcode please email Matt Knight at
August 17, 2022 Be sure to start getting door prizes for Conference. It will be here before we know it!
August 16, 2022 Wide Area Search class hosted by Huntsville Search Dog Unit has been posted under Upcoming Classes
July 28, 2022 Training information and Upcoming classes have been updated.
July 28, 2022 3rd Quarter Rescuer Magazine posted.
May 27, 2022 Please note the AARS Phone number is changing from the 800 number to (205) 810-9918.
May 27, 2022 3rd Quarter Meeting Information Posted.
May 18, 2022 2nd Quartley Meeting Zoom Information: Meeting ID: 789 428 7846 Link: CLICK HERE TO JOIN Contact to obtain the meeting passcode!
May 18, 2022 Squad list updated. Contact list posted under Member Squads and Membership Information
May 18, 2022 New Page created – Upcoming Classes – Check it out for upcoming class information!
May 15, 2022 Next Surplus Loaner Day: Friday May 27th, 2022. Call Chauncey for details and if you are going!
May 15, 2022 Reminder: The Fiscal Recovery Fund Grant is now open and available to ALL rescue squads! This is $10,320 worth of grant money for each squad. The deadline for application has been extended to Friday May 20, 2022 at 12 Noon. This is a NON-COMPETITIVE grant, all you have to do is apply and your squad will get the grant! PLEASE take advantage of this opportunity. Then click on emergency response providers and follow the instructions for EMS.
May 15, 2022 Reminder: The Fiscal Recovery Fund Grant is now open and available to ALL rescue squads! This is $10,320 worth of grant money for each squad. The deadline for application is Friday May 13, 2022 at 12 Noon. This is a NON-COMPETITIVE grant, all you have to do is apply and your squad will get the grant! PLEASE take advantage of this opportunity. Then click on emergency response providers and follow the instructions for EMS.
May 10, 2022 The 2nd Quarter AARS Rescuer Magazine has been published on the Rescuer page as well as sent out by email. I apologize for the MAJOR delay this quarter. – Mike
April 27, 2022 The EMS Provider grant is now open for all rescue squads to apply for until May 13th. All rescue squads can apply unless you have received funds under the Volunteer Fire Department grant that just close.
April 17, 2022 Fischer Rescue Squad is hosting an AARS Intro to SAR course on Saturday April 23rd. Go to for more information.
March 2, 2022 Legislative Update: HB287 has passed and is going to the Governor for signature. SB183 has passed and is going to the Governor for signature. HB253 s passed the House and is in the Senate.
February 22, 2022 AARS Instructor Application form has been posted under AARS Forms.
February 8, 2022 There has been an update to the sUAS application instructions.
February 1, 2022 The sUAS System application and guidance can be found under the sUAS information tab or
January 4, 2022 1st Quarter Meeting Information Posted
January 30, 2022 1st Quarter Magazine Posted December 1, 2021 Next Loaner Program Day – Friday January 7, 2022 – Contact Chauncey to sign up!
November 12, 2021 ZOOM Meeting ID for Banquet/Memorial Service – 789 428 7846 Contact for passcode.
November 12, 2021 ZOOM Meeting ID for Business Meetings – 789 428 7846 Contact for passcode.
November 12, 2021 Voting at conference will occur immediately following the Board of Directors Meeting!
November 10, 2021 Conference Agenda Updated to include General Business Meeting.
October 20, 2021 4th Quarter Magazine Posted
September 18, 2021 2021 Conference Information is fully posted
August 22, 2021 2021 Fall PSD Tender Training Registration Form
August 20, 2021 Zoom Meeting ID for 3rd Quarter Meeting: 256-560-9110 Contact Mike Stone @ or Matt Knight for the passcode.
July 28, 2021 2021 Fall Training – PSD Dive Tender – September 18, 2021. Click here for the Flyer
July 21, 2021 3rd Quarter Magazine and Meeting information posted!
May 12, 2021 Here is the Zoom meeting ID for the 2nd quarterly meeting. The meeting is being held live in person as well as on Zoom. If you are able to attend in person, that is the preferred way. Zoom Meeting ID: 789 428 7846 To get the passcode please email:
April 25, 2021 2nd Quarter Rescuer Magazine Posted
April 21, 2021 Next Surplus Loaner Day – April 30, 2021 – Contact Chauncey to setup your time.
April 7, 2021 Officers and Committees have been updated
February 10, 2021 1stQuarter Magazine Posted. I apologize for the delay. Lots of issues this quarter.
February 4, 2021 DATE CHANGE: Next Loaner Program day – February 11, 2021 – Call Chauncey to schedule your time.
January 30, 2021 Next Loaner Program day – February 12, 2021 – Call Chauncey to schedule your time.
January 30, 2021 The First Quarterly Meeting will be live streamed. Each Squad should have received the link via email. If you need the link, please e-mail Matthew Knight at
January 30, 2021 New Information posted under Legislative Information for 2021
January 3, 2021 1st Quarter Meeting Information posted
November 1, 2020 Attention all squads NOT attending conference…. The search management class on Thursday and Friday, the Saturday morning BOD/General Business combined meeting, and the Banquet will be done virtually. Please send email to Matt: if you want to have link sent to you. Please note the search management class done virtually will be knowledge/information only
October 25, 2020 4th Quarter Rescuer Magazine is posted. Apologies for the delay. There delays in getting the information.
October 4, 2020 Just wanted to resend you the link and info for the Cares Grant Application that will open tomorrow at 12:01pm. Please note this is a first come first serve Grant. The deadline is Friday October 16, but the number of agencies that are eligible it want take long to be gone. Please if you have any questions call us and we will get you thru it. If you elect to participate in the AARS Grant that we have partnered with EAEMS, please use the following for the question on our goal. To acquire Emergency Response-Pandemic Ready communication devices and enter into a statewide agreement with the Alabama Department of Public Health Office of Emergency Medical Services Region Two (East Alabama EMS, Inc.) to implement a uniformed Emergency Readiness Network (ERN) for the Alabama Association of Rescue Squads. and Ongoing training, readiness, and response to requests for service from Alabama citizens at times of emergency. Once you get an acknowledgement back please forward that to me @ Thanks Matthew
September 27, 2020 Matt Knight will be sending out an email regarding this excellent grant opportunity provided by Governor Ivey. Grant Link
August 27, 2020 Conference Information has been posted. ALL FORMS MUST BE COMPLETED WITH ADOBE ACROBAT IN ORDER TO SUBMIT VIA EMAIL
August 24, 2020 All Squads are requested to fill out the Squad Information Form here or on the AARS Forms page.
August 2, 2020 3rd Quarter Magazine posted
July 22, 2020 Its with great sadness, we announce the on duty death of Joseph M. Donoghue. Joe served as the Director and Senior Crew Member for the Huntsville Madison County Rescue Squad.
June 26, 2020 It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Monroe County Rescue Squad member Daniel Day. His obituary with service information is below. Please keep his family and squad in your thoughts and prayers.
April 16, 2020 Due to the current COVID-19 Pandemic, the May 3rd Quarterly meeting and Spring training have been cancelled. The Rescuer Magazine will still be published and sent to the Squads as soon as possible. If you have any questions about Spring Training, contact Jason Head. If you have questions about the May Quarterly meeting, contact Debbie Tidwell or Matt Knight. Thank you and see you in August at the 3rd Quarterly Meeting!
March 29, 2020 Member Squad List has been updated to reflect the current squads.
March 13, 2020 From the Alabama Office of EMS and Trauma: The National Registry is extending their deadlines for renewal of your national certification until June 30, 2020. If your Alabama license expires on March 31, 2020 you will still need to renew by that date to work in the state of Alabama. Please note Alabama is NOT extending your license expiration date. Please renew your license by March 31, 2020.
March 13, 2020 Due to the current COVID-19 situation, Spring training has been rescheduled from March 21 to April 18th.
March 13, 2020 Legislation updates under Legislative Information posted.
March 5, 2020 Legislation updates under Legislative Information posted.
March 5, 2020 Spring Training information posted under Training.
February 7, 2020 A mistake was made in the magazine. The 1st Quarterly meeting is still on SATURDAY FEBRUARY 15, 2020!
February 3, 2020 1st Quarter 2020 Magazine and Agenda posted.
January 28, 2020 It is with a heavy heart that we post that Tonya Collins from Athens-Limestone Rescue Squad passed away this past Sunday after a long battle with cancer. Services will be held at the Limestone Chapel. Visitation is from 6-9 on Thursday Jan 30th. The funeral will be on Friday Jan 31st at 2pm. Please keep her family, and the Athens-Limestone Rescue Squad in your prayers.
January 6, 2020 Loaner Program Day – January 10, 2020 from 0800 – 1500. Contact Chauncey Wood if you are going. December 16, 2019 James Miller with Etowah County Rescue Squad is trying to update the trophy case with the Winners of Glen Parris Award. Please help if you can! Who was winners in the years below ? Name and squad ? 1985 Latrell’s Harrell Butler county Rescue Squad 1992 Lucy Bowles South Lamar Rescue Squad 2003 Vanessa Willis Cullman RS 2004 2005 2007 2008 Danny Butler Geraldine RS 2009 Lucy Bowles South Lamar Rescue Squad 2011 Alton Greeson Desoto R S 2013 Corinne Hardy 2013 Leon Hufstetler Crossville 2015 Vicky Ryan Etowah County Rescue 2018 Bill & Teresa Salvey LASR 2019 James Miller Etowah County Rescue Squad The above list is what we’ve come up with . We have doubles in 13 & 18 .Can someone please confirm these doubles as well as all others listed information ? Plus adding any of their squad units ?
November 23, 2019 Tenative Loaner Program Date – January 10, 2020. Let Chauncey know if you will attend.
November 3, 2019 2019 Communications Update at Conference – Friday November 22 from 1500-1700. Squad Captain or Communications Officer needs to attend.
October 13, 2019 4th Quarter Rescuer Magazine Posted
October 3, 2019 Paypal Payment available on Conference Page for Conference Registration
September 20, 2019 Conference Information Posted
August 17, 2019 Updated information regarding EMT, AEMT, and Paramedic Tuitition reimbursement posted under Training!
August 10, 2019 New information regarding EMT Tuitition reimbursement posted under Training!
July 18, 2019 3rd Quarter Meeting information posted. 3rd Quarter Rescuer Magazine Posted
February 10, 2019 1st Quarter Rescuer Magazine has been posted. Also, committee assignments have been updated. 1st Quarter Meeting information posted. I apologize for the tardiness of the posting.
November 21, 2018 Next surplus loaner program date is DECEMBER 20, 2018 from 8am to 4pm. This is the only day for the loaner program due to the new rules. Contact Chauncey with any questions.
November 4, 2018 4th Quarter Rescuer Magazine has been posted. 2018 Conference Schedule and Agenda posted.
October 24, 2018 Conference Class Schedule has been updated.
October 17, 2018 Reminder, we need all squads to gather door prizes for the banquet at conference. The more door prizes we have, the more chances you have to win. Contact Chauncey, Tina, or Jimmy Looney.
August 29, 2018 The correct phone number for the Springhill Suites for conference is 251-943-6600. There was an error on the conference letter. Please make note of the change
August 29, 2018 It is with deep sadness that we report the passing of former Alabama State Medical Director, Dr. John Campbell. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.
August 21, 2018 New website layout coming soon. Please standby.
August 12, 2018 3rd Quarter Magazine posted. — Note from Gwen: I apologize for the lateness of the magazine this quarter. Many things came along all at once in our lives and created a perfect storm and we got far behind in our timing. There will not be a mailed copy this quarter due to the lateness. Copies will be available at the meeting. Thank you for your patience and understanding
July 22, 2018 3rd Quarter Meeting information posted below
June 23, 2018 AARS Grant Form has been added to the Forms section.