Training First Responders

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Jackson EMC Trains Emergency Responders in Electrical Safety

A downed power line on a crashed vehicle or electricity running to a burning building can be a serious hazard – especially to emergency responders on the scene.

“We want them to be safe in all situations,” said Steve Chambers, Jackson EMC’s director of safety and training. “That’s why we offer training for our local first responders.”

Cooperative organizations, like Jackson EMC, prioritize education and training as a shared principle. Jackson EMC has a long history of training firefighters and law enforcement officers on working safely around energized lines in emergencies. The trainings may include classroom instruction and demonstrations of safety protocols.

Most recently, Jackson EMC hosted more than 280 firefighters from Banks, Barrow, Hall, Clarke, Madison, Gwinnett and Jackson counties to learn about the different types of electric vehicles and emergency response procedures. We also recently hosted first responders for a safety class and demonstration at our Neese office.

“Safety is our top priority,” Chambers said. “These trainings help educate our community’s first responders to stay safe and share their knowledge with others.”