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March 18, 2014

Commissioners hear fire alarm report

CHICKASHA —

The screech of a fire alarm isn't much good if it can't be heard. 

Grady County Emergency Management Director, Dale Thompson attended a conference last week that addressed citizens with disabilities and fire protection. 

The conference introduced devices that help alert people with disabilities when the smoke alarm in their home goes off, Thompson reported at the Grady County Commissioners meeting on Monday. 

One device protects people with vision and hearing impairments by shaking the bed when the smoke alarm goes off and flashing "fire" on an LED screen. 

The device works because it "hears" the smoke detector, Thompson said. 

The device is attached to a cord that goes under the mattress, but the device also runs on four D batteries as a backup. 

Thompson encouraged those in Grady County with hearing and vision impairments who do not have adequate fire protection to contact Grady County Emergency Management. These residents may qualify for assistance in obtaining these devices. 

Training will begin for Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) leaders this week, Thompson said. CERTs are made of members of the community who are trained in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations. According to FEMA, CERT members can assist in the neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. 

At a later date, Thompson said, Grady County CERT will begin looking for a body of 10 to 15 CERT members. There will be a meeting that explains what CERT members do. More details to come. 

There was not action taken on the burn ban at the meeting, meaning that the burn ban is still lifted. Thompson cautioned residents to pay attention to weather conditions and burn on low wind, high humidity days and follow proper burning procedures. 

In other business: 

The E911 contract with the Oklahoma Communications Systems Enhanced Emergency Number Service E-911 was approved. 

The transfer of ownership the following City of Chickasha properties: 728 Illinois, 810 Illinois, 824 Michigan, & 728 Frisco was approved. 

Mike Lennier was appointed to serve on the ASCOG Board of Trustees for one year beginning June 21, 214 through May 31, 2015. 

The monthly report for the Grady County Health Department was approved.

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