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2013 Board


The PLFD Board of directors is charged with the administrative oversight of the department. The Board ensures that the Pine Level Volunteer Fire Department Inc is financially sound and adheres to all statutes that govern it as a state and federally recognized non-profit organization. The corporation is registered as an in-state non-profit and has received IRS 501 (c) (3) status making all contributions to the department tax deductable.

The Board is elected in even number years for a 2-year term with the Chief and Assistant Chief serving by virtue of their positions. The Board is permitted to authorize any purchase up to $5,000, with all purchases in excess of that being referred to the department membership for approval. The Board is also instrumental in establishing and managing the department’s strategic goals and future planning. The Board members are as follows:

Ernie Smith-President

Lieutenant Smith joined the department in 2009 and was elected to the Board in 2016. Lieutenant Smith works full-time at Prattville Auto & RV repair.

Tina Smith-Secretary

Sergeant Smith first elected to the Board in 2023.  Sergeant is employed full-time with the State of Alabama

Dianne Caffey-Treasurer

Captain Caffey was first elected to the Board in 1998 and has served each year since. Captain Caffey is instrumental in developing the department's public relations and manages the Fire Preventions Bureau on behalf of the Board. Captain Caffey is employed full-time with the State of Alabama. 

Austin Worchester-Fire Chief

Chief Worchester was elected Chief in 2022 and serves on the board as the Fire Chief. Chief Worchester presents the department’s operational goals and needs to the Board. In his duties away from the department.

Mark Caffey-Assistant Chief

Chief Caffey serves on the board as the Assistant Chief. Assistain Chief Caffey is employed full-time with Municical Emergency Services. Assistant Chief Caffey can be reached at

David Blietz-Member at large

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