Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services presented a resolution yesterday at fire headquarters to members of the Cherokee County Division of the Georgia Utility Coordinating Council (GUCC) in recognition of Safe Digging Day which is this Saturday.
According to Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather, “Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services partners with the local GUCC to bring continued awareness to the Georgia 811 project. With August 11, 2018 coming up, we saw it as a great time to associate Georgia 811 with August 11 to use as a tool to continue the awareness to promote safe digging in Cherokee County.” Improper digging not only results in service interruption, environmental damage and threats to public safety, but increases the risk of injury to public safety personnel requested to protect and prevent injury to citizens. “If we can prevent one digging accident from occurring, this protects our own fire personnel and we have been successful with this effort,” added Prather.
Lori Jones, who works with Cherokee County Engineering and is Chairman of the local GUCC, said “Darrell Mitchell, Special Operations Chief, represents Cherokee County Fire Department in the GUCC each month with attendance and participation by updating the group of gas line damages that have occurred within the county.” Mitchell also participates with the Georgia Pipeline Emergency Response Initiative (GPERI) training which prepares fire departments in prevention and managing pipeline incidents. “His team has responded to several of our construction sites that had gas line damage and protected Cherokee County citizens without incident. For that we are very grateful,” stated Jones.
Georgia 811 is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to preventing damage to Georgia’s underground utilities and promoting public safety. The organization functions as a communication system, connecting our member utility companies with professional excavators and homeowners who are planning mechanized digging activity such as excavation, tunneling, grading, boring and demolition. Remember, before you dig, call 811.