Emergency Management Director Recognizes Volunteers At Commission MeetingRIckey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Apr 23 2013 10:39 AM
DOTHAN - HOUSTON COUNTY: This morning at the Houston County Commission Meeting, Clark matthews recognized the "volunteer" members of Regional Land and Water Rescue.
Matthews said these "volunteer" members went above and beyond the call of duty in several calls where Dothan - Houston County Emergency Management was involved in.
One of the first incidents was when 5 year old Ethan was taken hostage in Dale County. The "paid" staff of Dothan - Houston County Emergency Management provided equipment on the scene to assist Dale County in the successful operation of "Rescue Ethan". Matthews said when the paid staff of Dothan - Houston County Emergency Management went off duty, it was the "volunteer" members that came to the site and managed the equipment. The volunteer’s took a quick course in the equipment and kept all systems going while the "paid" staff went home at night.
EMA DIrector Clark Matthews also praised the members of Regional Land and Water Rescue for their work in filling sandbags. This group of volunteers took shovels and filled bags with sand in order to provide residents with much needed sand bags in order to protect their property when water was rising. Matthews said these volunteers did not hesitate to roll their sleeves up and take the shovels and work. It was work done free of charge.
EMA Director Clark Matthews also recognized Marvetta Childs for her "volunteer" time in the office of Dothan - Houston County Emergency Management. Matthews said Childs has logged more than 1,000 hours of "volunteer" time in the office of EMA helping. Childs was not present for the meeting today because of a family emergency.
As you can see from EMA Director Clark Matthews presentations today, VOLUNTEERS play an important role in the success of Dothan - Houston County Emergency Management Agency. Matthews recognized the fact the volunteers and how much they help the people of this county.
The Houston County Commission failed to include ANY volunteers in the interview and selection panel for the new Dothan - Houston County Emergency Management Director. They only selected "bureaucrats" to be on the selection committee.