By Zachary Parker
The Morgan County Fire Chiefs Advisory Council held their monthly meeting Monday evening at the Public Safety Complex to discuss upcoming events, classes, and plans for the future. Led by County Fire Chief Mark Melvin, representatives from each of the County’s fire stations discussed recruitment of volunteers, EMT and Firefighter classes, and an upcoming community events. A recent grant by the Georgia Trauma Commission has allowed for six students, each from Morgan, Greene, and Oconee Counties, to participate in EMT classes where they will receive National and State EMT training. These classes are helping in an effort to expand the area’s volunteer and EMT base, and are expected to continue in rotation with regular volunteer firefighter classes. Also discussed at the meeting was an upcoming five-year-plan which is due November 1. While no specific plans were laid out in Monday’s meeting, Chief Melvin asked that each of the representatives begin looking at long-term goals along with short-term needs in order to lay out a plan at next month’s meeting. On October 14, all areas of public safety will participate in the Morgan County Public Safety Community Night Out, a public event in which each public safety entity will set up a booth for public information and demonstrations. The Community Night Out will be held from 6pm to 9pm at the Morgan County Fairgrounds, and is a chance for the community to see public safety in a positive situation. Admission and Parking will be free, and refreshments will be available for guests. Community members in attendance will get a chance to see various public safety divisions at work, including K9 demonstrations, bomb robots, sheriff Humvees, ambulances, fire trucks, and much more. Chief Melvin is excited for the upcoming event, and looks forward to what he hopes will be a large community turn-out. “It’s going to be a great chance to let the community see Public Safety,” said Melvin.