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Hundreds turn out for annual event

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POSTED: May 7, 2014 5:00 a.m.
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South Bryan County firefighters perform an extrication demonstration Saturday during the 12th annual Public Safety Day at First Baptist Church in Richmond Hill.

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Hundreds of people braved a persistent light drizzle Saturday and attended the annual Public Safety Day in the First Baptist Church parking lot.
Bryan County Emergency Services Chief Freddy Howell called the day a “huge success” and a chance to educate county residents about the tools available to fight local emergencies.
“We had more than 20 units and nonprofit agencies at the safety day Saturday. It’s good to spread the message of public safety. To show people our safety apparatus,” Howell said.
On hand Saturday were fire engines, ladder trucks, a smoke house, a Life Star helicopter and dozens more pieces of equipment to educate the public about safety matters.
The event, sponsored by Bryan County Emergency Services and the South Bryan County Volunteer Firefighters Association, brings together professionals whose daily mission is to protect the local citizens, Howell said.
“Everything we do is about prevention. We try not to scare people but to educate them,” he said.
“Every year Bryan EMS answers approximately 3,800 calls, which includes calls in unincorporated Bryan County, along with Pembroke and Richmond Hill, since they don’t have a separate EMS,” Howell said.
The chief also said planning for hurricane season, which begins June 1, is well under way with his and other departments will be taking part in a state-sponsored hurricane preparedness exercise this week.
He also credited the Bryan County commissioners with their ongoing support of the public safety mission.
For more information about county public safety matters, call Howell at 445-0411.

Hundreds of people braved a persistent light drizzle Saturday and attended the annual Public Safety Day in the First Baptist Church parking lot.
Bryan County Emergency Services Chief Freddy Howell called the day a “huge success” and a chance to educate county residents about the tools available to fight local emergencies.
“We had more than 20 units and nonprofit agencies at the safety day Saturday. It’s good to spread the message of public safety. To show people our safety apparatus,” Howell said.
On hand Saturday were fire engines, ladder trucks, a smoke house, a Life Star helicopter and dozens more pieces of equipment to educate the public about safety matters.
The event, sponsored by Bryan County Emergency Services and the South Bryan County Volunteer Firefighters Association, brings together professionals whose daily mission is to protect the local citizens, Howell said.
“Everything we do is about prevention. We try not to scare people but to educate them,” he said.
“Every year Bryan EMS answers approximately 3,800 calls, which includes calls in unincorporated Bryan County, along with Pembroke and Richmond Hill, since they don’t have a separate EMS,” Howell said.
The chief also said planning for hurricane season, which begins June 1, is well under way with his and other departments will be taking part in a state-sponsored hurricane preparedness exercise this week.
He also credited the Bryan County commissioners with their ongoing support of the public safety mission.
For more information about county public safety matters, call Howell at 445-0411.

 

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