Department of Justice Grant Replaces Sheriff’s Department Aging Fleet
Fairfield County has received a grant from the Department of Justice to replace its aging fleet. The new Crown Victoria vehicle will replace one of its aging patrol cars. Many of the county vehicles have more than 100,000 miles on them. 70,000 to 80,000 miles is the limit for police vehicles when you consider the wear and tear is different than the average family vehicle. They are on the road almost 24 hours a day and in almost every condition. These vehicles require a lot of maintenance considering they need to be performing at a top level for emergency response situations.
Currently, the fleet includes older 1980’s and 1990’s patrol cars, which should be replaced to ensure reliability and safety. The fleet is getting old and the fleet is getting tired. The county will continue pursuing funding through various funding sources to replacing an aging fleet.
Fairfield County Now Recycles Electronics
Fairfield County Public Works Department has received a grant through the South Carolina Department of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling to institute its new “E-Waste Program”.
E-waste is a popular, informal name for electronic products nearing the end of their "useful life." Computers, televisions, monitors, VCRs, DVD players, stereos, copiers, audio and stereo equipment, cellular phones, digital cameras, and fax machines are common electronic products. Many of these products can be reused, refurbished, or recycled.
Unfortunately, electronic discards is one of the fastest growing segments of our nation's waste stream. Safe recycling of unwanted computers, televisions, and other electronics is another step toward improving the quality of life for city residents.
Electronics contain substantial amounts of toxic materials including lead, mercury, cadmium, lithium that leach out of the machines and into the soil and water when they are buried in a landfill. These toxic materials can be released upon disposal, posing a threat to human health and the environment. Safe recycling of unwanted computers, televisions, and other electronics is another step toward improving the quality of life for Fairfield County citizens.
To learn more about Computer Recycling efforts in the United States, view this video.
Trailer Provide a Critical Tool for Dealing with Emergency Incidents in Fairfield County
Fairfield County has received a grant to its Emergency Medical Services (EMS) from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control; Emergency Medical & Trauma Services to purchase a Mass Casualty Supply Trailer. The primary purpose of an MCS trailer is rapid delivery of supplies for decontamination and personal protection, treatment of life threats, and response to mass casualty incident (MCI) scenes. During an MCI, supplies on responding ambulances may not be adequate for on-scene treatment. Unless those ambulances are unloaded before they initiate transport, many of the extra supplies they contain will not be available for the remainder of the incident.
The trailer is a specially equipped vehicle that is mobilized in the event of a major incident. The trailer contains a variety of patient care equipment and supplies to effectively respond to a large scale or multi-casualty incident. The MCI Trailer is designed to be utilized as a resource when the logistical needs of emergency are exceeded due to the number of patients present compared to the number of EMS vehicles available. This includes provisions for multiple patients that have a trauma mechanism, including patients from a multiple vehicle collision, building collapse, or mass shooting.The MCI Trailer provides the logistical and medical supplies necessary to mitigate a 40 to 100 patients emergency scene. Fairfield County EMS is tasked with at any mass casualty incidents (MCI) within Fairfield County as well as rendering aid to surrounding counties as needed.
Fairfield County/Midlands Technical College is Ahead of the Race
What is Midlands Technical College of Fairfield County planning to offer: continuing education, shorter classroom time, experienced instructors, small classes, personal and professional development.
Learn more HERE.
The Smithsonian is Coming to South Carolina
"New Harmonies: Celebrating America's Roots Music"
Is an exhibition developed from the Smithsonian Institution as a part of the Museum on Main Strees (MOMS) program especially for small and rural museums.