EMS/Training Division


Battalion Chief Wes Ward 

                         Battalion Chief Ward came to the Center Point Fire District as the EMS Officer in July of 2015. Wes was firefighter/paramedic for the Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service from 1994 until his retirement as a Fire Captain in 2014.   While at BFRS, he served on Engine Companies, Truck Companies, Rescue Units, a Hazmat Unit, and a Technical Rescue Unit in various parts of the city.  However, he spent the majority of his career assigned to Rescue Units on the western side of Birmingham. From 2012-2014, he was assigned in the Training Division where he primarily conducted paramedic continuing education and initial EMT and First Responder training. He has worked as a part-time EMS Instructor for Jefferson State Community College since 2007.  He is currently involved in several pre-hospital research projects involving cardiac arrest management as well as other subjects.  Over the past couple of years, he has  conducted a cardiac arrest management seminar at multiple fire departments across Alabama.  He also serves as an Item Writer and as an Alabama Representative for the National Registry of EMTs. He has accompanied several benevolent medical mission teams through the years to the Copan region of Honduras as both a team medic and a care provider. In addition to the duties listed above, He also teaches CPR, ACLS, PALS, and First Aid for the AHA and citizen CPR and First Aid Merit Badge for the Boy Scouts of America as an volunteer. 


Captain Ward attended Tulane University in New Orleans from 1986-1990 where majoring in Biomedical Engineering/ Pre-med.  He returned to school at UAB in 1993 where he completed the Paramedic Program.  He also completed an Associate‚Äôs Degree in Fire Science at JSCC in 2012. He has completed a multitude of various professional certification courses through the Alabama Fire College, the Department of Justice, Texas A&M TEEX, and the Department of Defense.