BIIA to Host the Annual Firefighters Luncheon on October 9th

The Birmingham Independent Insurance Agents (BIIA) association gives back to the community all throughout the year, and this year, we are honored to host the annual Firefighters’ Awards Luncheon.

Come and support our local heroes on Wednesday, October 9th at 11:30am at the Big I: 141 London Parkway  Birmingham, AL 35211.

Lunch will be served as we hear about the actions of our brave firefighters and what they have done in our community. The Firefighter of the Year Award will also be announced.

Member BIIA agencies and companies will receive two complimentary tickets to the event. Additional tickets are $10 per person for members and $30 per person for non-members.

Please RSVP for the event by Friday, October 4th by contacting Emily Carr with your agency or company name, and the names of those who will be attending.


2018 Firefighter of the Year Awarded to Desland James

The 59th annual Firefighter’s Award and Appreciation Luncheon was held on October 11th at the Alabama Independent Insurance Agent’s office. Local firefighters, community members, and politicians showed up to honor the brave men and women who serve our community.

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin speaks at the 2018 Firefighter Appreciation and Luncheon.

After enjoying a catered lunch, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin spoke and shared personal stories about the impact they have on the community. Afterward, the 2018 Firefighter of the Year Award was announced.

Firefighter Delsand James won the award for his actions from January 27th of this year. After he arrived at an apartment fire which trapped a three-year-old girl, his actions helped to rescue, treat, and save the girl from the fire. The girl along with three others, including a police officer, were taken to the hospital for treatment from smoke inhalation.

Desland James won the 2018 Firefighter of the Year award.


James received a monetary prize along with a plaque and his name on the Firefighter of the Year trophy.

Read the article from the mother’s perspective with an account of what happened that day.

Join the BIIA Team for the Birmingham Heart Walk!

The Birmingham Independent Insurance Agents association is putting together a team for the Birmingham Heart Walk, and we want YOU!

The 5K walk will be held at Railroad Park on Saturday, June 9th at 7:30 am. The event is free, but BIIA is looking to donate at least $5,000 from its members. Funds raised will go to American Heart Association for heart disease and stroke research.

“We try to be active in our community. Each year we host the annual Gala benefitting a local non-profit and The Heart Association is one of the beneficiaries for the 2019 BIIA Gala. Their annual heart walk is the perfect way for BIIA members to come together, connect, and support them,” said Vickie Fuller, President Elect.

Heart disease kills thousands of Alabamians each year. The American Heart Association has given more than $10.6 million in research funds in Alabama. The Birmingham Heart Walk is another opportunity to help raise funds for the organization.

“Our members are what makes the association great, and this is a great opportunity for BIIA members to come together for a great cause,” said Fuller.


1. Donate!

All donations help to raise awareness. Individual and corporate donations can really add up.

2. Join!

Represent BIIA by joining our team and participating in the walk. After signing up, contact Sarah Walker to let her know what size t-shirt you want.

3. Share!

Help us get the word out by sharing this opportunity with coworkers–along with sharing posts across social media!

For more information about the Birmingham Heart Walk, and to sign up, visit