"Community Service With Pride and Dedication"

A Word From Chief Wingate

On behalf of the men and women of the Hoover Fire Department, I am proud to welcome you to our official website. We are constantly striving to maintain the highest level of services possible to the citizens of Hoover, as well as those who work in and visit our city.


Throughout our website you will find some of the latest activities involving our department and its' personnel. Our department and our profession are rapidly changing. The one thing that has not changed is the dedication and professionalism of each of our firefighters and paramedics to provide the very best customer service to the citizens of Hoover.


The City of Hoover Fire Department is fortunate to have the continued support of Mayor Gary Ivey, the Hoover City Council and the community to help provide the very best services for our citizens.



John C. Wingate

Fire Chief

Fire Chief John C. Wingate


Our mission is to respond to fires, rescue situations, hazardous materials incidents and provide emergency medical service of the highest caliber to the citizens in the City of Hoover, Alabama.


Promoting safety and maintaining a well equipped, highly trained and motivated force of professional firefighters and rescue personnel. Promoting fire prevention and public safety education programs.


Community service with pride and dedication.


The Hoover Fire Department will continuously strive to meet the changing needs of our community by providing a modern and technologically advanced department striving for excellence in everything we do. We will do this by maintaining a readiness level second to none, and by focusing on professional development, training and community involvement of all of our personnel.



Special Information

Press Release from Hoover Mayor Gary Ivey

June 28, 2014

Today, City of Hoover Mayor Gary Ivey issued a statement regarding the four traffic fatalities that occurred within the City's police jurisdiction on Interstate 459 during the past week:


Mayor Gary Ivey stated, "During the past week our City experienced four fatalities arising from three separate traffic accidents on Interstate 459. Our prayers and thoughts are with the families of these accident victims and their lost lives should serve as a reminder to each of us to drive extra carefully as we approach the July Fourth holiday weekend."


Ivey went on to say, "While these fatalities are unrelated to traffic barriers separating the north and south bound lanes of I-459, City officials will continue to work with ALDOT Director John Cooper and his staff to install these barriers as quickly as possible." Ivey further stated, "We deeply appreciate ALDOT, the Department of Public Safety and our Alabama State Troopers continued willingness to work with us to make the Interstate highways in our City as safe as possible."


For More Information: 

Lori Salter-Schommer

Public Information Officer-Mayor’s Office



Special Information on Fire Fatalities in Alabama

Fire chiefs and fire service leaders from across the state gathered on June 4th at the Alabama Firefighter Memorial on the campus of the Alabama Fire College in Tuscaloosa to unveil a new fire prevention initiative headed by the Alabama Association of Fire Chiefs (AAFC).

Tuscaloosa Fire & Rescue Service Chief AJ Martin is chair of the committee assembled by the AAFC. The committee was established in response to a request for assistance by State Fire Marshal Ed Paulk, who was alarmed by the large number of civilian fire deaths in the month of January 2014 alone. Hoover Fire Chief J.C.Wingate also served on the Committee. Twenty-eight people lost their lives to a fire-related cause in January. As of today's press conference, the total number civilian fire-related deaths stands at 61 people; 75% of the average year's loss in the first six months. State Fire Marshal Ed Paulk stated that, "Even one fire-related fatality is too many, much less 61."

The committee was comprised of representatives from all corners of Alabama as well as members of the State Fire Marshal's Office and the Alabama Fire College. The purpose of the campaign is to provide paid and volunteer fire departments with a unified message to be used by fire departments state-wide to turn the public's attention to simple tasks that they can perform to prevent them and their families from being harmed or killed by fire.

Alabama fires and fire fatalities are consistent with national trends:

•Older adults are the age group most likely to die in a home fire.

•Unattended cooking and alternate heating sources (space heaters, open flames) are the leading causes of fatal home fires.

•Half of home fire deaths occur between 11pm and 7am.

•Most home fire deaths are in homes with no working smoke alarm.

Chief Martin stated, "Installing and maintaining a smoke alarm could save a majority of the lives lost in home fires, especially if they work in conjunction with home sprinklers."

The Hoover Fire Department is proud to support this joint effort of all Alabama fire service organizations in eliminating fire-related deaths. Follow our website for future releases on opportunities for involvement.


Current Events



Please go to the SPECIAL INFORMATION section of this page under Chief Wingate's welcome letter for more information.


Hoover Firefighters and Police Officers Train for Hazardous Materials Incidents


Hoover Haz Mat Team at station 2 conducted a hazardous materials refresher course and scenario drill exercise with personnel from the Hoover Police Department Bomb Squad on Wednesday, April 16th. Our Haz Mat Team works and.trains with the Bomb Squad Technicians on a regular basis due to the overlapping responsibilities of suspicious packages, WMD's and chemicals associated with bomb devices.


For more pictures of this training excercise, as well as other pictures in the Hoover Fire Department Training Photo Gallery, please follow THIS LINK.


City of Hoover Public Safety Foundation Presents Wheelchair-accessible Van to Napp Family



A private benefactor, who wishes to remain anonymous, has utilized the City of Hoover Public Safety Foundation as a means to donate a wheelchair-accessible van to the family of Bryce Napp.


Bryce Napp is a 3 year old who was born with a brain abnormality known as semi-lobar holoprosencephaly, confining him to a wheelchair. The benefactor saw an article on Bryce in 280 Living, and contacted Hoover Police Chief Nick Derzis on how he could donate the vehicle to the Napp family.


Through the Hoover Public Safety Foundation, the benefactor was able to donate the $58,000 Honda Odyssey, which was modified by the company Mobility Works, along with a check from the Hoover Public Safety Foundation for $2,300 to defer the cost of taxes, tag and insurance for the first year of ownership of the vehicle.


For the full story from AL.com, please follow THIS LINK.


For the photo gallery of the award ceremony, please follow THIS LINK.


Hoover rescue team rappels down ravine to help fallen hiker at Moss Rock Preserve


A hiker who fell into a ravine Saturday afternoon at Hoover's Moss Rock Preserve was rescued by a team of responders who rappelled down to where she landed. At 2:15 p.m. Hoover officials were notified that someone had fallen while hiking, Hoover Fire Department Executive Officer Rusty Lowe said.

First responders found the woman but had a difficult time helping her back to the trail from where she had landed near a waterfall about 20 feet below, Lowe said. They called in the technical rescue team, which is trained for high-angle and rope rescue. Members of the team rappelled down, stabilized the woman into a basket stretcher and got her out of the ravine using ropes. The rescue took about an hour and a half.

For the full article, please visit AL.com for more information.


To see the photographs from this incident in our Hoover Fire Department Photo Gallery, please follow THIS LINK.


Hoover Fire Department Awards and Promotions Ceremony


On Friday, March 21, the Hoover Fire Department promoted Lieutenant Brandon Blake and Lieutenant Nathan Hinds to the rank of Captain.  Additionally, Michael Norman, Eric O'Neal, Lee Gunn, Scott Wilkinson, and Barry Adams were all promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. This ceremony formally recognizes their promotion, and is a tribute to the service they provide the Hoover Fire Department.


In the same ceremony, Lieutenant Larry Florence and Captain John Dennis were also recognized as 2013 Firefighter and Paramedic of the Year, as well as the recognition of personnel who have retired during the last year.


For a slide show of photos taken by the Hoover Chamber of Commerce, please follow this link.


Breast Cancer Awareness


For upcoming events and for information on ways you can help in the fight against breast cancer, please follow the link for valuable information in assisting in this fight. Breast Cancer Awareness Information


Fire Department Honors 2013 Winners of Fire Prevention Art Contest


The Hoover Fire Department presented the award for the 2013 Fire Prevention Art Contest at the 2014 Hoover City Leader's Breakfast on February 27th, 2014. The winner of the contest was Lyric Bryant from Shades Mountain Elementary School.


Please click the following link to read more about this story:   Lyric Bryant 2013 Grand Prize Winner


Fire Department Honors 2013 Winners of Firefighter Poetry Contest


The Hoover Fire Department presented the awards for the 2013 winners of the Firefighter Poetry Contest, hosted by the Hoover Parent Teacher Council. Winners from left to right are Patrick Mosley, Peyton LeCroy, and Matthew Harden. Chief Wingate (located behind the students) presents the awards.


Please click the following link to read more about this story:

Firefighter Poetry Contest Winners



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