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.