During the summer, Clarke-Washington EMC conducted three safety trainings for Volunteer Fire Departments in Clarke and Washington counties.
The training by Jeff Whatley, Alabama Rural Electric Association safety specialist, attracted 150 attendees to learn about the hazards they may face on a call, whether a house fire or an automobile accident.
“When working around downed power lines, it’s important to understand how dangerous they can be,” said Daron Bolen, who oversees safety and regulatory activities for Clarke-Washington EMC. “Whether you are at a fire, wreck or clearing trees out of the road after a storm, you must always be aware of the potential for downed power lines. Never try to move a line. Call the co-op and we will have people with the proper training and equipment to come out and make the scene safe for you to do the job that you have been trained to do.”

Education, Training and Information and Concern for Community are two of the 7 Cooperative Principles that guide the cooperative every day. These principles and safety are a top priority at Clarke-Washington EMC. Thank you to our Volunteer Fire Departments for attending electrical safety training over the summer.