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  • Decatur, AL
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Lives in:
Decatur, AL
Decatur Fire & Rescue
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Professional Qualifications:
Alabama Smoke Diver
Apparatus Operator Aerial
Apparatus Operator Pumper
Fire Department Safety Officer: Health & Safety Officer
Fire Department Safety Officer: Incident Safety Officer
Fire Fighter I
Fire Fighter II
Fire Inspector I
Fire Instructor I
Fire Instructor II
Fire Officer I
Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations
Hazardous Materials Technician
Live Fire Instructor
Rapid Intervention Teams
Rescue Technician: Rope
Rescue Technician: Trench
Rescue Technician: Structural Collapse
RT: Confined Space I
RT: Confined Space II
Topics you provide training for:
Recruit training. Rapid Intervention Crews. Alabama Smoke Diver.
Lt. Strickland has been involved with the fire service since 1999 where he volunteered with the community where he was a minister. Since 2006 he has been a career firefighter with the City of Decatur. In 2009 he was promoted to the position of Driver/Engineer and promoted again to Lieutenant in 2013.
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Brandon Strickland's Blog

One more step...

It's hard to breath. Sweat stings my eyes until they blur and a bald head does nothing to stem the steady flow. I chose to be here. I live for this moment. My body begs to slow, to rest, to just quit. My heart says no. The family that surrounds me shares in my suffering. Their lungs burn too. Their muscles struggle to obey the message traveling down from the brain. Pain endured begets more pain but there is nowhere else we'd rather be.

"ONE MINUTE!" Moments later my mind computes the…


Posted on October 5, 2014 at 12:23am

"Fire Porn" and other nonsense...

Its your very first day on the job. You walk into the firehouse with a stupid grin while balancing a box of doughnuts in one hand and your PPE in the other. Some old dude with a giant gray mustache barks "What are you doing here, ya jack wagon?" Take a minute; for realz. What called you to the fire service? Maybe the excitement, the lights, the sirens, the danger, just…


Posted on August 5, 2014 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

The Sickness

I believe in the Fire Service.

I believe in the men and women who make up our clan. Especially those who relentlessly pursued their passion years before most of us ever donned a helmet. They built our brotherhood and the honor belongs to them.

I believe greatness is within us all. Sweat is the only key to it's release and there are no short cuts…


Posted on June 29, 2014 at 9:30pm

The Fireman I want to be...

The fireman I want to be...

He gets to work at least a half hour early because he can't wait for his shift to start. He always offers to take a call for who he relieves, in part so they can get home to their…


Posted on April 28, 2014 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

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