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Episode126 | Interview with Birmingham Assistant Fire Chief Floyd (Buddy) Wilks, Jr.


birminghamIn this episode, I interview Birmingham Assistant Fire Chief Floyd (Buddy) Wilks, Jr. who served as the incident commander during a mayday at a residential dwelling fire.

Length: 68 minutes
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On February 14, 2014 the Birmingham Fire Department was dispatched to a residential dwelling fire at 0130. On arrival the first-in company reported heavy fire conditions on the CD corner of the house. There were two vehicles on the property, one of the vehicles had three car seats in it. This gave the IC a strong indication there were people still in the house, including children.

Despite the challenging conditions, crews entered with the mission of fire containment and search and rescue. As conditions rapidly changed, Engine 14 called a mayday.  This interview details the event, outcome and lessons learned.

Wilks Photo: Assistant Chief Floyd (Buddy) Wilks, Jr.
Wilks Photo: Assistant Chief Floyd (Buddy) Wilks, Jr.

Click below to hear the Recording to the 2nd Alarm Mayday – 505 12st St. W.:
Incident Scene Audio File


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Intro music
Safety Dance (1982)
Men Without Hats
GMC – Virgin Records

Guest Contact Information
Floyd (Buddy) Wilks, Jr.
Birmingham Fire Department
1808 7th Sttreet North
Birmingham, AL 35203
205-254-2510 office

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