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The Town of Eutawville
received a Municipal Achievement Award for its Community Emergency Response Team.
Officials accepted the award during the Municipal Association of South
Carolina’s Annual Meeting on July 20. The town won in the 1 – 1,000 population
category. Twenty-nine cities and towns submitted their projects and
enhance its public safety services, the Town of Eutawville knew it faced the
challenge of restricted resources, including limited funding, as well as the
need to foster collaboration between its services and those of Orangeburg
County. With these goals in mind, town leaders created the Eutawville Community
Emergency Response Team, a way of pulling together local, state and federal
agencies with the aim of placing trained residents in every neighborhood.
by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, CERT teams have been established by
communities in all 50 states as a way of improving the working relationships
between public safety agencies and the residents they serve. The Eutawville
CERT created a concerned citizens group to discuss and research the public
safety needs specific to the community.
Eutawville team’s initial efforts included conducting stakeholder meetings,
assembling volunteers and creating a leadership structure. Recruitment
marketing efforts ranged from online material to the team’s participation in
the Town of Eutawville’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
came from multiple organizations, including the Eutawville Police Department
and Eutawville Fire Department. The Orangeburg County Office of Emergency
Services provided disaster preparedness and even coordinated a disaster
response simulation at the Eutawville Community Center, and the Orangeburg
County Emergency Medical Services trained participants in CPR and first aid.
the team is focusing on more intensive medical training including first aid and
CPR, increasing recruitment, involving more surrounding communities in the
effort, and in supporting a Eutawville Fire Department project that promotes
community fire safety and distributes smoke detectors.
“Town leaders in Eutawville were successful with local
collaboration in enhancing its public safety services and community presence,”
said Eric Budds, interim executive director for the Municipal Association.
These winning entries represent innovative projects
undertaken by Municipal Association member cities and towns. Information and a
video about the project are available on the Association’s website www.masc.sc
(keyword: Achievement Awards).
The Municipal Association of South Carolina initiated
the Achievement Awards in 1987 to recognize and encourage innovations and
excellence in local government.