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2017-12-5

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GREENSVILLE COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES $5,000 GEORGIA-PACIFIC BUCKET BRIGADE GRANT

2017 Grants Total More Than $188,000 For Lifesaving Equipment

The Greensville County Fire Department will receive a $5,000 grant from Georgia-Pacific for new equipment. Pictured: Greensville VFD Lt. Adam Hueber (left) with Georgia-Pacific Emporia Plywood Plant Manager Bryan Bates.

Emporia, VA, Nov. 30, 2017 – The Greensville County Fire Department is one of 40 fire departments awarded Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade grants this year. The department will receive $5,000 to help fund equipment needs.

“We have a strong relationship with our local fire departments, so we are very pleased to help them stay well-equipped,” said Bryan Bates, plant manager of Georgia-Pacific's Emporia Plywood facility. “These grants show our gratitude for their selfless dedication.”

The Bucket Brigade program awarded $188,400 in grants to departments this year for equipment critical to firefighters’ safety. Since the program began in 2006, Georgia-Pacific has given more than $2.2 million in cash and educational materials to 287 fire departments that serve the company’s facility communities across the country.

The fire department says the grant will go toward the replacement of three sets of so-called “turnout” gear that no longer meet standards set by the National Fire Protection Association.

“Firefighting is a dangerous profession that requires specialized equipment to effectively and safely mitigate a fire emergency,” said Lt. Adam Hueber. “This grant will allow our volunteer firefighters to respond more safely.” The department is an all-volunteer unit that includes one employee of the Georgia-Pacific facility.

Grants are based on need and are funded by the Georgia-Pacific Foundation and local Georgia-Pacific facilities. Funds are typically used to purchase new protective clothing and replace items such as damaged safety gear and aging equipment.

Through the program, Georgia-Pacific also gives all grant applicants free memberships to The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), which provides access to tools, resources, programs and advocacy for first-responders across the nation.

The fire departments receiving Bucket Brigade grants this year span 24 states where Georgia-Pacific has facilities: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

Visit the Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade website for more information about the program.

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Announces 2017 Employee & Manager of the Year

Emporia, VA – Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) has named its 2017 Employee and Managers of the Year. Employees and managers are nominated for these awards by their colleagues based on their commitment to patient care, their professionalism, and their contributions on the job. The recognitions are the highest honors hospital employees can receive.

Employee of the Year

Cardiovascular Technologist, Tammy Green has been employed at SVRMC since October of 2004. Ms. Green performs cardiovascular diagnostic and educational modalities on patients including echocardiography, stress testing, EKG, EEG, Carotid Duplex and vascular testing. Her coworkers had the following to say about her: “Tammy is a great ambassador for our hospital. She is always smiling and brightening the day of our patients, physicians, and staff.”  Tammy was recently recognized by Dr. Firas Kaddaha, Cardiologist, for her responsiveness to her patient. Tammy’s proactive approach to this patient’s condition led to a change in his treatment plan and ultimately saved his life.

Clinical Manager of the Year

Dr. Richard Alexander, Director of Rehab Services, has been employed at SVRMC since August of 2016. He is responsible for the management and development of the rehabilitation therapy services in all areas of SVRMC.  He coordinates and supervises the functions of each rehab service; including: Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, and Cardiac Rehab.  Dr. Alexander’s coworkers had the following to say about him: “Richard is passionate about his patients’ health, wellness, and rehabilitation.  He is a motivator, an initiator, and a team player. He is constantly striving to improve the success of his departments by building relationships and becoming a community champion for SVRMC”

Non-Clinical Manager of the Year

Anita Ivey, Chief Quality Officer, has been employed at SVRMC since 2005. She is responsible for the planning, administration and monitoring of consistent readiness of all quality management regulatory requirements and the quality improvement processes.  Ms. Ivey’s coworkers had the following to say about her: “Anita is an avid supporter of the facility throughout the community.  You will often find her volunteering at community events, representing the facility and being a champion for SVRMC and the services it provides.  Anita is not only devoted to her job, her employees, and her co-workers, but she is also a devoted mother, grandmother, and friend.”

Emporia Police Department Seeks Advanced Accreditation

A team of assessors from the Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive January 7, 2018 to examine all aspects of the Emporia Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services announced Chief Ricky A. Pinksaw.  These include areas such as:  Communications, traffic enforcement, investigations, critical incidents, property and evidence, and even internal human resources.

Verification by the assessment team that the Emporia Police Department meets the Commissioner’s state-of-the-art standard is part of a voluntary process for initial advanced accreditation – a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.  This is the Emporia Police Department’s initial advanced accreditation.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Monday January 8, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.  The session will be conducted in the City Council Chambers located at 201 South Main Street in Emporia.

If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session but would like to provide comments to the assessment team, he/she may do so by telephone.  The public may call and speak with a CALEA assessor on Monday January 8, 2018 between the hours of 1:00 p.m. through 3:00 p.m.  The public may call (434) 532-3408 and your call will be answered by one of the CALEA assessors.

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA standards.  A copy of the standards is available at the Emporia Police Department at 310 Budd Street, Emporia.

The Accreditation Manager and contact is Lieutenant David Shidell at (434) 634-2121.  Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Emporia Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for advanced accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA)  13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320 Gainesville, Virginia 20155; or e-mail the commission at www.calea.org and place the agency’s name in the subject line and make your comments.

The Emporia Police Department has to comply with 484 standards to achieve advanced accreditation, according to Chief Pinksaw.  By voluntarily submitting ourselves to the accreditation process, we are assuring the community and ourselves that we are providing police services while practicing best practices through CALEA’s international standards. 

Only a small percentage of all law enforcement agencies are CALEA accredited, so this step assures the community that our department and officers are providing the highest quality service to the citizens of Emporia.  Chief Pinksaw stated; “This is just not the Police Department’s accreditation, but it is the Community’s Accreditation.”  Also, Chief Pinksaw wanted to give recognition and thanks to three former police chiefs whose efforts have led the Emporia Police Department to this point: Chiefs Elmer Grizzard, the late Pete Daughtry and Bernard Richardson.

The Emporia Police Department Accreditation Manager, Lieutenant David Shidell, will serve as the liaison with the CALEA assessors and the Department while the assessment team is on location.  The team is comprised of two individuals who both have long careers in law enforcement including extensive knowledge of the accreditation process.  The assessment team will consist of:

Randy Nichols, Retired Chief of Police of the Pitt County Memorial Hospital Police Department, Greenville, North Carolina

Charles Groover, Lieutenant of the Covington Police Department, Covington, Georgia.

Once the assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status at the next scheduled CALEA conference in March 2018 in Frisco, Texas.

For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., please write the commission at 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 329 Gainesville, Virginia 20155; or call (703) 352-4225.  The commission can also be found on the internet at www.calea.org.

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