FECSO Meets in Quarterly Session on November 5th

The Fentress Co. Emergency Services Organization (FCES0) met in quarterly session on Tuesday, November 5 at the Jamestown First Baptist Church Life Center to discuss emergency preparedness of the various groups in the county.

ESO Director Gary Peters gave an update on the progress on the new E-911 building which is under construction, stating that the project was progressing well, with completion expected in January, 2014.  He said that the equipment has all been ordered and the new communications tower was expected to be erected within the next two to three weeks.

Peters also told the group that he was working on another $250,000 grant which would not require any local matching funds to upgrade the emergency communications system, particularly to the West Fentress and Pall Mall areas.

“It’s been 10 years or so since we’ve done any upgrades to our emergency radio communication system here in the county,” he commented.  “There is a $250,000 federal disaster grant that Fentress County is eligible for with no payback required, so we’ve applied for that grant and are working with some engineers to see what we can do to improve our radio service — especially down in the Pall Mall and West Fentress areas to ensure coverage in those areas.”

James Bilbrey, Fentress Co. Emergency Management Director, announced that a carbon monoxide emergency drill would be conducted on Friday, November 8 at 6 p.m. at the Allardt Elementary School in conjunction with Jamestown Regional Medical Center, which is required to conduct such drills annually.

Robert Cooper, Maintenance Supervisor with the Fentress County Board of Education, then gave an update on the new security systems which have been installed in all the local schools, reporting that the system is working well.

Billy Jennings, Sr. then gave a report on the Aid to Military Families Program including a Christmas Card campaign planned this year.

Jim Bob Reagan then reported that things are running smooth at the Fentress County Food Bank; Charles Whitehead gave an update on the Red Cross Program, and Mike Ledbetter giving a report for the Amateur Radio Club.

After expressing their appreciation to Jamestown First Baptist Church for providing the meeting facility and to Signature HealthCARE for providing the meal, the session was adjourned.