The EMS Officer

Capt. Timothy Shotts
Bat. Chief Timothy C. Shotts

    Trussville Fire and Rescue has a long history of being in the forefront of the Emergency Medical Services Field. As an all volunteer force, Trussville Volunteer Fire Department began offering emergency treatment for sick and injured residents and visitors in the community during the 1950’s. In 1960, Trussville Volunteer Fire Department became the first fire based agency in the Birmingham area to provide patient transport services. As EMS developed throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s, Trussville’s service evolved as well, to provide advanced life support. In 2007, we responded to over 1600 medical emergencies making up over 60% of our calls for service, which is by far our most common type of response. Today we have over 50 paramedics and emergency medical technicians that respond to your calls for help. They respond to your requests on three advanced life support rescue/transport units and three advanced life support engine companies equipped with state of the art equipment in order to address your problems. We want you to know that it is an honor to provide emergency care and assistance to the residents and visitors of this community and we take great pride in that responsibility.

     In addition to the EMS Services provided by Trussville, we also have a Heart Safe Community Program. The Heart Safe Community Program encompasses a number of initiatives designed to improve outcomes of cardiac related events in our community. As part of the program, Trussville offers CPR training for individuals and businesses within the community. The Public Access Defibrillation Program was designed to place beneficial Automated External Defibrillators in strategic places around the community. AED’s have been placed in all Trussville Schools and in all public buildings operated by the City. There is also an ordinance requiring AED’s to be placed in certain occupancies. All of Trussville Fire and Rescue’s emergency response units also have the capability to perform 12 lead EKG’s and then transmit those EKG’s to area hospitals in order to reduce the time it takes to get a heart attack patient definitive care. Our transport units carry Zoll Autopulse Machines which provide artificial compressions for cardiac arrest victims, which are much more efficient than standard CPR, in addition to freeing up personnel to perform other critical interventions. Trussville Fire and Rescue is also a member of the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium, a network of 12 research sites in the United States and Canada tasked with evaluating new equipment and procedures that will shape the future of patient care.

     Trussville Fire and Rescue has provided emergency medical transport services since 1960. We do this in order to ensure that the best quality of care is maintained from the time care is initiated until the patient is delivered to the emergency department. Since our priority is the best possible patient care, our personnel are not even aware of the typical charge for an ambulance transport. If you have questions about ambulance billing, contact Mike or Susan at (205) 823-7076. For questions regarding other EMS issues, to make a complaint, or to let us know about a job well done, please contact Bat. Chief Tim Shotts at (205 ) 661-4031 or by email at




Emergency Medical Services Links


Alabama Resuscitation Center (Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium)


Alabama Department of Public Health – Office of EMS and Trauma


National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians


Emergency Medical Services Documents

Notice of Privacy Practices

Public Access Defibrillation Ordinance