The West Blount Fire Department was founded in the early 80’s in response to the need of fire protection and emergency medical services. The department was founded by several community members, and kept up through generous donations, fundraisers, and the work of many through the decades. Up until 2015, the department was fully staffed by volunteers. In an effort to provide response to a growing number of calls, the department formed the West Blount Fire District, which assessed each business, residence, and church $150.00 annually through majority vote and legislation. This act secured the funding for the department to hire two paid staff, seven days a week, fourteen hours a day with the option to expand to full time status in the coming year.
The West Blount Fire District covers approximately 60 square miles of territory extending from the Jefferson County line to the Cullman County line. We cover several miles of CSX railway, numerous businesses, daycares, churches, and the largest school system in Blount County. We are the largest district in Blount County, responding to approximately 1,000 calls annually. We offer EMS services, fire suppression, and rescue services. Currently our department is a combination department relying on both career firefighters and volunteers to help answer any emergency calls that we may receive on any given day of the week. All of our firefighters are certified to the minimum level of Alabama Volunteer 160 and first responder. Our current roster of approximately fifteen personnel serve this community and department proudly, and each is well qualified and knowledgeable with the job that they do.
Donald J. Ivey (J.J.) has served as chief of West Blount Fire District for three years now, resides in Hayden with his wife and two children, and also works full time for Mt. Brook Fire Department. J.J. He has served as a captain previously with the Palmerdale Fire District prior to accepting the position here at West Blount Fire District.
Kyle Ellison has served with the department for 6 years now, and has filled in various positions with the department, and as most current the position of Assistant Chief for the past four months. He lives in the Hayden community, and also works as a bi-vocational pastor when not at the fire station.
West Blount Fire District serves our area from three different fire stations strategically placed throughout the coverage area to give homes quick response, and access to fire apparatus, and response.
Station 1 is located at 757 County Highway 7, and is our main administrative station where staff personnel are full time. Station 1 is home to our Engine 1, Tanker 61, Truck 71, and Rescue 19. These apparatus are our first out depending on the nature of the call. The apparatus at Station 1 stay in a state of readiness to respond to any emergency ranging from wrecks to fire suppression calls.
Station 2 is placed in the Smokerise Community and sits at the intersection of Mountain Trail and Scenic Trail. Station 2 houses Engine 2. It is equipped at all times to respond to fire calls, and medical calls. It is staffed and operated from by both our paid personnel and volunteers at all times.
Station 3 is found at the eastern most part of our coverage at Highway 160 and Mile Marker 9. This station houses Engine 3 and covers our residents and business’ there for EMS and Fire Suppression calls.”