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Vol. 2, Issue 20

“Ladies and gentlemen, your 13 newest firefighters in the State of Alabama.”

Orange Beach Fire Rescue Asst. Chief Kevin Lanford wrapped up the Firefighter I/II Recruit School Graduation Ceremony with those words on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at the Orange Beach Event Center.

The 13 graduates completed nine weeks of firefighter training at the Alabama Fire College Regional Training Center at Orange Beach Fire Station No. 1. The men represented departments in Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, Spanish Fort and Prichard.

The state's newest firefighters are:

  • Kenneth Andrews - Prichard Fire Department
  • James Beck - Orange Beach Fire Rescue (Director’s Award for Academic Excellence)
  • Jeffrey Berg - Prichard Fire Department
  • Javaris Brown - Prichard Fire Department
  • David Eckman - Gulf Shores Fire Rescue
  • Lucas Howton - Orange Beach Fire Rescue
  • Zachary Maholovich - Prichard Fire Department
  • Erik Mason - Orange Beach Fire Rescue
  • Joseph McCleish - Spanish Fort Fire Department
  • Jordan Russell - Orange Beach Fire Rescue
  • Aaron Saenz - Orange Beach Fire Rescue (Leadership Award)
  • Roger Strick - Orange Beach Fire Rescue
  • Jacob Van Blake - Spanish Fort Fire Department

Foley firefighter Carter Chmielewski was the guest speaker. Chmielewski graduated from the first Recruit School held in Orange Beach in 2014.

“I believe that you’ve been called into this profession,” Chmielewski said to the soon-to-be graduates in front of him. “When I was sitting there five and a half years ago I didn’t think that I was called to be a firefighter. I just thought it was something that I wanted to do but the more I do this each and every day I realize it’s the only thing I could ever do because I want to serve people. And I believe that each and every one of you have been called to this profession as well.”

Chmielewski said he was glad to see how far the resident program in Orange Beach has come in training firefighters who are now serving across the state. He said it builds a foundation for firefighting education that never ends.

“I challenge you to keep on learning,” Chmielewski said.

Javaris Brown from the Prichard Fire Department spoke on behalf of Recruit School Class 19-01.

Brown said he and his classmates had good days and bad days but were ultimately successful because of each other.  

“We worked hard together as a team and pushed through,” he said. “‘Pride, Honor and Integrity’ that is the motto of Orange Beach Fire Rescue. With these words we will go out and serve our communities.”

Following the badge pinning and certificate presentation led by Orange Beach Fire Rescue Training Lieutenant Jeremy White, Foley Fire Chief and Chairman of the Alabama Fire College Personnel Standards Commission Joey Darby congratulated the new firefighters on a job well done and administered the Firefighter Oath.

"I do solemnly swear

That I will support and defend

The Constitution of the United States

And the Constitution of the State of Alabama;

That I will faithfully and diligently

Serve my community;

And that I will execute my responsibilities

As a firefighter

To the best of my ability.

To this I pledge my sacred honor,

So help me God."

Latest News
City Council meeting on Tuesday, May 21st

The Orange Beach City Council will hold its regular meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 21st, followed by the Committee of the Whole meeting.  Find the agendas for the May 21st meeting at

Week 51 School Progress 

This week's aerials - Week 51 taken on Thursday, May 16, 2019 - show the construction progress at the site of the future Orange Beach High School and Middle School on Canal Road. Of note, the second story continues to be prepped for further vertical construction and roof frames continue to go up along with the excitement for the new school. Follow all of the latest school news on Facebook at Orange Beach High School, Orange Beach Middle School and Orange Beach Mako Athletics.  

This is it! Get your Willy Wonka tickets!   

After months of preparation by the City of Orange Beach Expect Excellence Theater Program, the cast is ready to show the community Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka on Thursday, May 23rd at the Orange Beach Event Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now on the City Website. The ticket cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children (12 and under). Purchase tickets online at the City Website. 

Community awareness course on Identity Theft  

The Orange Beach Police Department Criminal Investigations Unit will hold a community awareness course on "Identity Theft: What to know, What to do" from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, May 21st at the Orange Beach Adult/Senior Activity Center.  The course is being organized by Lt. Carl Bradley and will be instructed by Sgt. Trent Johnson. 

Expect Excellence 2019 Summer Camp

Close to 20 programs will be a part of the City of Orange Beach Expect Excellence 2019 Summer Camp. Every camper who is in the program will experience every program. The deadline to join the camp is Friday, May 24th! Register for the Expect Excellence 2019 Summer Camp.

Mark your Calendar: Annual OBFD BBQ  

UPDATE **NEW LOCATION**: The 53rd Annual Orange Beach Fire Department BBQ will take place Saturday, June 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. - or until the 'Que runs out - at Fire Station No. 1. For details on the 53rd annual OBFD BBQ, visit the City Website.

Summer Reading Program Kick-Off Party on June 1st

Come celebrate the beginning of Summer Reading from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 1st at Orange Beach Public Library! Enjoy the inflatable slide, live music, games, crafts, and Kona Ice. Don't forget to sign up for the library's Summer Reading Club while you're there. All ages welcome. Find more information on the Orange Beach Public Library's Facebook page. 

Early registration for Youth Soccer underway

Early registration for Orange Beach Fall Youth Soccer is open and runs through May 25th. Those who register early will be offered a discounted rate of $55 for children ages 4 to 14 (as of August 1st, 2019). Late registration begins July 15th and runs until July 31st. The late registration fee is $70. Registration is available online at more information, call Athletics Director Laura Davis, 251-747-7877 or email

Sign up for Youth Summer Sail Camp   

Registration is ongoing for Youth Summer Sail Camp at the Orange Beach Wind & Water Learning Center. This 5-day camp is open to children ages 7 to 14. The first week of camp begins in early June and runs through early August. The only exception is the week of the Fourth of July.  Some classes are already full. Sign up for the 2019 Youth Summer Sail Camp on the City Website. For questions, call 251-981-1063 or email


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