Birmingham named Bryant FF of the Year
Longtime Bryant firefighter James Birmingham Jr. was named Firefighter of the Year during a recent department Christmas celebration.
Birmingham said he was surprised by the honor and that it felt good to be recognized by his peers knowing they have faith in him.
Birmingham has been a
Bryant firefighter for 12 years. In September, he was promoted to the rank of captain.
At the promotion ceremony, Chief J.P. Jordan told the crowd that captains are responsible for the paperwork, buildings, equipment and firefighters at their respective station.
Birmingham told The Saline Courier that he became a firefighter after getting the idea from a neighbor.
“It seemed kind of fun at the time,” Birmingham said.
His father was also a volunteer firefighter in Morning Star. Birmingham volunteered with the same department for about 10 years, he said.
Birmingham said he has enjoyed the camaraderie among the firefighters.
During his time as a Bryant firefighter, Birmingham has responded to a variety of calls from good to bad. He said he likes assisting individuals during medical calls.
Jordan had lots of kind words to share about Birmingham.
“Captain Birmingham was an excellent choice for Firefighter of the Year,” Jordan said. “He is truly a valuable asset to our department and has really shown great leadership and motivation as a Captain. He is very much a role model for others to look to.”
Outside of work, Birmingham said he likes to stay busy. He enjoys building things and spending time with family.
Birmingham and his wife Kristen have a daughter, Bailey, 8.
Bryant Fire Chief J.P. Jordan, left, presents Captain James Birmingham with the 2019 Firefighter of the Year Award.