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Leadership Cheatham County Class: Emergency Services

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Pictured: The Leadership Cheatham County class on board the new Ashland City Fire & Rescue boat during Emergency Services Day. (L-R) Matthew Waldron, William Powers, Matthew Binkley, Derek Noe, Sharon Elkins, Abigail Boeing and Dwyane Noe.

ASHLAND CITY, Tenn. – The Leadership Cheatham County class spent Tuesday learning about the different emergency services that serve and protect the county. The class heard from a variety of speakers including representatives of police, fire and EMS from around the county in addition to county leadership in charge of the emergency services.

The class met at the Ashland City fire station on Hwy 12 where they had the opportunity to see how the firehouse is setup and much of the equipment that used by the department. The class then heard from Commissioner Donnie Jordan, who chairs the Emergency Services Committee on the county commission. Mr. Jordan spoke about the responsibility the county has to fund the various emergency services around the county and some of the challenges the county faces in doing so before answering questions from the group.

The class then heard from Director of Emergency Management Edwin Hogan, who spoke about the role of his office and described the way the county and the various agencies work together during an emergency. He also shared examples of this coordination from recent incidents and the flood of 2010.

The class then heard from Ashland City Police Sargent Bill Powers and Fire Chief Chuck Walker, who each spoke about the functions of their departments along with some of the challenges facing them in the future. Also speaking was 911 Director Pat Harris, who spoke about the operations of the 911 center, what the process is like when someone calls 911 and a few recent success stories. After hearing from the speakers, the class then had the opportunity to take a ride on the Ashland City Fire Department’s new fire and rescue boat and see a demonstration of its capabilities.

After a break for lunch, the class celebrated the completion of their year in LCC by spending the afternoon at Adventure Works in Kingston Springs. While there the class wrapped up their year with LCC before enjoying a zip line tour of the area.

The class will now present their class project to the LCC Board of Trustees and an assembly of community members on May 21 before officially graduating the program.

Now in its 17th year, Leadership Cheatham County’s purpose continues to be focused on the enhancement of individual leadership skills, abilities and community knowledge while fostering a free exchange of ideas and concerns. In addition LCC aims to help develop a positive, cohesive community image and foster attitudes of increased commitment, cooperation and participation within our community for the long-term benefit of Cheatham County.

The LCC program consists of nine monthly seminars, group discussions, field trips and retreats that address various issues of importance in Cheatham County. Participants will view and gain a hands-on knowledge of the county’s history, agriculture and tourism offerings, in addition to seeing how the education system, businesses and industry, safety services and government operations all work together within Cheatham County and its four cities.

Each participant will also be involved in the development of a group project that will benefit the county as a whole. Previous classes have completed such projects as the development of the county-wide fire plan, the county animal control facility, satellite early voting locations and the Cheatham Vision Plan among many others.

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