Ala. Fire chief dies suddenly

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Fire Chief Ivor J. Brooks, 57, died suddenly Wednesday afternoon. The 32-year fire service veteran leaves behind a wife and four children.

News agencies have not confirmed the cause of death, but FirefighterCloseCalls reports that he died of a massive heart attack. He suffered the heart attack at a Comfort Inn & Suites and was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at about 3 p.m.

Chief Brooks joined Birmingham Fire and Rescue in 1982 and became its 25th fire chief in 2007.

It is unclear if this is a line-of-duty death.

According to the department’s web site, Chief Brooks attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Athens State University, Jefferson State Community College and Columbia Southern University.

He has trained at the National Fire Academy and at the Department of Justice Weapons of Mass Destruction Training Facility for Incident Commanders. As a result, he served as incident commander for the state of Alabama until his appointment to fire chief. He completed the Alabama Fire College, the Personnel Standards Commission Fire Chief’s Executive Development Program, and many others.

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