Cherokee County Fire
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Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services Promotes Safe Digging Month

April 2, 2021

The Cherokee County Local Utility Coordinating Committee is partnering with Georgia 811 and Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services to promote National Safe Digging Month during April.

“Thousands of times each year, the underground infrastructure in Georgia is damaged by those who do not have underground lines located prior to digging, resulting in service interruption, environmental damage and threat to public safety,” stated Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather.

National Safe Digging Month was designed to heighten contractor and homeowner awareness about the 811-notification system.  By calling 811, Cherokee County contractors and homeowners notify area utility operators of their intent to dig so that the utilities can be located ahead of their projects.  The 811-notification system is paramount to the prevention of damage to underground utilities and the safety of Cherokee County residents.

Lori Jones, Co-Chair of the Cherokee County Local Utility Coordinating Committee and Georgia 811, said that they feel it is appropriate that Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services publicly proclaim this month as Safe Digging Month in Cherokee County to recognize the importance of calling 811 before digging.

If you have questions or would like more information on Safe Digging, visit www.Georgia811.com or contact Lori Jones at lmjones@cherokeega.com.

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Cherokee County Fire  Chief, Tim Prather, presents the Safe Digging Month Proclamation to Lori Jones, Co-Chair of the Cherokee County Local Utility Coordinating Committee.  Looking on are (left to right) Nate Sullivan, EMS Chief, Dean Floyd, Division Chief, Ryan McElwee, Shift Commander and Assistant Fire Chief, Eddie Robinson.
Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather, presents the Safe Digging Month Proclamation to Lori Jones, Co-Chair of the Cherokee County Local Utility Coordinating Committee. Looking on are (left to right) Nate Sullivan, EMS Chief, Dean Floyd, Division Chief, Ryan McElwee, Shift Commander and Assistant Fire Chief, Eddie Robinson. (click image for slideshow)