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Around the Firehouse


March, 2020

If you have an emergency, be it fire, medical, or criminal always dial 911.  

Speaking of calling 911 for an emergency, every resident on the Mountain is a Scout. Not a Boy Scout or a Girl Scout but a Scout in terms of observation and reporting danger.  If you spot or run across an activity that appears dangerous or an emergency itself (fire, car crash, criminal, medical), and probably requires some prompt professional response, don’t call Clarence, Dane, or Jill.  Call 911.  Precious seconds and minutes are lost when you call JH officials during an emergency.  The Emergency Dispatch System is in place and works remarkably well. 

Eleven of our Volunteer Firefighters are currently enrolled in the State of Tennessee Basic Firefighters Course, FF100, taught by none other than State Certified Fire Instructor, our own Chief Lowell Hardin. So far, they have studied Firefighter Safety, Fire Behavior, Building Construction, Firefighter Protective Gear and Breathing Apparatus, Fire Extinguishers, Forcible Entry, Ladders, Search & Rescue, and Ventilation.  The remainder of the course includes Water Supply, Fire Attack & Foam, Fire Suppression, Salvage & Overhaul.  All of these subject areas include classroom and live hands-on exercises. The course will conclude with a written final exam and a live burn…the students will enter a burning building, extinguish a fire and demonstrate their firefighting skills.  Graduation is slated for some time in April.  Upon graduation these men and women will receive their Jasper Highlands Firefighter Badge and will be certified Tennessee Firemen.  Yes, there will be a Graduation Party and everybody on the Mountain will be invited.  More to come on that later.

Recently, JHVFD obtained two exceptional life saving pieces of equipment thanks to a generous donation of $5,000. by our local Tower Bank; two Thermal Imaging Cameras (TIC) and four Automated External Defibrillators (AED).  These modern pieces of equipment increase our Department capabilities, yet another notch.  Thermal Imaging Cameras give firefighters a clear view into the darkest, smokiest environments.  It displays sharp thermal images on a 4” screen to help firefighters navigate, make accurate decisions, and rescue victims faster.  The AED is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and is able to apply electricity which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm.

Many of our new JH residents may not be aware of the local Medical Helicopter Evacuation Service, called LIFE FORCE.  Most of us are approaching a senior age status and we live on a Mountain, pretty far from major hospital and trauma facilities (Chattanooga), where time and distance could be critical in a medical emergency situation.  LIFE FORCE has no out of pocket flight expense for transport to the nearest medical facility.  That could save you thousands of dollars and maybe even your life in an emergency.  LIFE FORCE is a medical helicopter staffed with skilled nurses, medics, and pilots.  The cost is around $65/year/household.  If you are interested call 1-800-793-0010 or go to

When purchasing merchandise on the internet please consider using!  Amazon will donate .5% of your purchase value to our Department at no additional cost to you!  During signup simply type Jasper Highlands Volunteer Fire Department, Location: Union Grove, AL as that is our charity designation and that is where our Finance Department is located. This will indirectly enhance the protection of your new home by strengthening our fire Department budget.  

Also, we are always looking for more volunteer firefighters, men and women to join the team.  If you are interested please contact our local boss, Assistant Fire Chief, Cliff at 423-309-2842.

Thank you, and stay safe!

RD Johnson