"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

Misuse of fire

Fire Challenge

NFPA and the Phoenix Society have issued official warnings against the phenomenon known as the “fire challenge” trending on social media outlets.  This dangerous activity requires a person to pour a liquid accelerant, such as nail polish remover or hand sanitizer on his or her body and set it on fire. Many fire and life safety educators are wondering what actions can be taken to help stop this challenge.  Unfortunately, the answer to the question is complex and there is no single answer.

Here are some actions adults can consider:   

Become informed on the warning signs and risks of this activity.  Have a conversation with teens about the impact of burn injuries and participating in unreasonable risks.

Monitor teens’ use of social media.  Outlets such as Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook cause the latest trends to travel at lightning speed.  Additionally, the validation from “likes”, “views”, and comments from followers provide a hefty social reward for those who post photos and videos. 

Recognize that the teen brain (up to about age 25) is under construction.  As a result, adolescents do not process rewards and risks the same way as adults do. The teen brain tends to weigh rewards much more heavily than risks. 

Be involved with teens.  It is developmentally important for teens to seek independence but input from and interaction with adults is still important during this time.

Model healthy risk taking and thrill seeking.

Provide opportunities for teens to channel thrill seeking behaviors in healthy ways.  These opportunities can be physical activities such as obstacle courses, kayaking, mud runs, hiking, zip lining, and neighborhood games of manhunt.  Some teens may find excitement in acting in a theatre company, performing in a talent or improv show, visiting an amusement park, running in an election or joining a campaign committee.  Encourage kids to be silly but safe:  have a fun game of “Heads Up!” in the middle of the mall, participate in a flash mob, or even go caroling in July.

Flag dangerous YouTube videos:  YouTube has a set of Community Guidelines for posting videos.  They do remove posts that cross the limits of “Dangerous Illegal Acts” and posts that are “Shocking and Disgusting”.  However, YouTube relies on the viewers to flag items that cross the lines.  Click on the flag icon under the number of views to send a warning to YouTube.



Current Events

Career Fire Chief of the Year: Alan J. Martin

The impact Chief Alan J. Martin has had on the fire service in Alabama is both deep and wide. A 40-year veteran of the fire service, Martin began his career in 1974 with the Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service. There, he served in positions of increasing responsibility, including four different assistant-chief positions, until 2002 when he was appointed as fire chief of the Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue Service (TFRS).

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Hoover Fire Department is currently accepting applications for the position of:
Full Time Fire Fighter Paramedic
Application Deadline September 17, 2014 For more information click here.
(Job Descriptions, Salary Ranges and Closing Dates for Applications are available on the website.)


Campus-related fire deaths lowest since 2000

(August 8, 2014) The 2013-14 academic year, with four campus-related fire deaths, is the lowest one on record since 2000, according to information compiled by Campus Firewatch 

Learn More Here  



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.







Please direct any questions or suggestions for this web site to thorinm@ci.hoover.al.us. Thank you for visiting the www.hooverfiredepartment.org website!