Forestdale Fire District
I began my service with Forestdale Fire District in 1979 as a volunteer.
I was hired as a fulltime Firefighter/Paramedic on 07/30/1983, and became chief of the department on 01/09/1986.
I have always believed in my community and feel the people we serve deserve nothing but the best service that we can provide, and that it is my responsibility to insure we accomplish this task with all the resources available to us.
Donald E. Melton, Chief
Mark Patton, Fire Marshal
Board of Trustees
Forestdale Fire District is currently composed of 23 full-time personnel who make up three 24 hour shifts of 5 per shift. Our personnel are trained in fire suppression, emergency medicine, hazardous materials, technical rescue and disaster response.
Committed to providing the highest standard of life and property protection for the Forestdale community
Edward L Hardison
Janet Clayton Secretary
Additional man power is supplied by part-time firefighters and volunteers. Part-time firefighters work in the absence of a full-time firefighter. Volunteers maintain their position by fulfilling a required amount of training each month. (see programs)
Captain Patton began his career with the Forestdale Fire District in 1985 as a firefighter/Paramedic.
He received his paramedic certification in 1983, an Associates Degree in Fire Science from Jefferson State Community College, a Bachelors Degree in Homeland Security and Public Safety Administration from Herzing University as well as many state certifications including Fire Officer II, Fire Instructor II, Fire Inspector II, and Fire Investigator from the Alabama State Fire College and the National Fire Academy.
As Fire Marshal, his duties include public safety education, fire cause determination, fire inspections and code enforcement in all new and existing commercial buildings, to assure compliance with the appropriate fire and life safety codes.
Edward L Hardison