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Friday - August 25, 2015
Firefighter recognized for 25 years of service
Captain Andrew "Andy" Barden of Poquoson was recognized by the York County Board of Supervisors Tuesday, for his 25 years of service to York County.
"Captain Barden is an excellent example of York County's fire and rescue personnel. He is recognized as an excellent fireground/emergency incident officer. His leadership and management skills are most beneficial to the personnel and operations that he oversees as a district fire captain, said Fire Chief Stephen P. Kopczynski in a press release.
"Andy is always seeking solutions to needs or challenges and works hard ensuring that his personnel are well trained and prepared for their mission each day. I am proud to have him serve as an officer in our department."
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Thursday - July 23, 2015
Poquoson receives pre-disaster mitigation grant from the state
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) recently awarded a $459,519 grant to Poquoson to help elevate three properties in the city's flood plain.
The award is part of $2.2 million in federal grants the state received to help mitigate flood damage along its waterways, according to a news release.
Municipalities receiving the grant can use the funds to physically raise existing structures to the base flood elevation level or higher, the news release said, or they can acquire the properties to have them physically demolished — ultimately converting the land into open space.
"These funds will protect vulnerable homes by reducing, or even eliminating the effects of repeated flooding," said VDEM State Coordinator Jeff Stern. "We partner with each locality to protect lives and property through these grants."
Wednesday - July 22, 2015
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic Training
The Poquoson Fire and Rescue Department and Poquoson CERT Council periodically conducts Basic CERT training courses. These courses provide citizens with the knowledge and skills to help their families as well as neighbors to be better prepared for emergencies.
Topics covered include: CERT overview/expectations, disaster preparedness, fire safety/suppression, medical operations, light search and rescue, CERT organization, disaster psychology, terrorism, practical skills and exercise. The course is free/limited to Poquoson residents 18 years or older.
The next CERT Basic Course begins Tues, Sept 8 thru Nov 3, 2015. The end-of-course exercise/graduation is scheduled for Sat morning, Nov 7. Classes normally begin at 6:30 thru 9:00 PM or so, depending on the class size/subject. The first class on Sept 8 begins at 6PM due to introduction to city leaders. Classes will take place at Fire Station #1, Training Room, 1035 Poquoson Avenue in front of the Elementary School.
If you are interested in participating in CERT training, please email email@example.com or call Bob Sampe @ (757) 868-0559 leave message.
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The Poquoson Museum, a volunteer operated community museum, needs your help! We need volunteers to help with our Campfires and Home Fires program, the Haunts of Poquoson program, as well as individuals who can spare a few hours a month to help man the museum as docents during the weekends.
If you have a few hours to spare, please visit the museum website
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