GwMA's April Meeting Held At Lawrenceville's Public Works Facility

April 11, 2018
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Lawrenceville's Community Development Director Lisa Sherman

On April 10, 2018 GwMA Members held their spring meeting at the recently dedicated Lawrenceville Public Works facility.  Presentations included “What’s new in Lawrenceville” provided by Economic Development Director Lisa Sherman and Fire/Emergency Services information and plans presented by Assistant Chief Merck.  Attendees were offered tours of the new facility as part of the evening’s agenda.
Public Works Facility

Lawrenceville recently officially opened the new $16.7 million building on West Pike Street.  The 25-acre site includes 240 parking spaces, 45,000 square feet of vehicle and parts storage, 21,000 square feet of office and administration space, 6,000 square feet of mezzanine storage space, and 30,000 square feet of covered parking space.

The city’s public works-related departments encompass different services that Lawrenceville provides to residents, including gas and electric utilities, damage prevention, and streets and sanitation.  Other functions, such as fleet maintenance and damage prevention, support the city’s other departments as well.
Gwinnett Department of Fire and Emergency Services

Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services serves, in some capacity, all 16 Gwinnett Cities.   The City of Loganville provides fire services and utilizes Gwinnett for EMS services.  Gwinnett covers the largest fire service district in Georgia and protects almost 960,000 people within the 437 square miles of the county. The Gwinnett County Mission: Save Lives and Protect Property; Vision: To Deliver the Highest Quality of Service and Values: Truth, Trust, Respect, and Unity.  

Gwinnett Municipal Association members were able to witness a simulated personal trauma response by trained and experienced Lawrenceville first responders.  Equipment was displayed and utilized and attendees were also able to view and ask questions about Fire and EMS vehicles.

In addition to the demonstrations Battalion Chief Phillip Merck, Chief of Training provided GwMA members with organization news and information about programs that are available to Gwinnett citizens of all ages.  Chief Merck heads up one of the most important and robust EMS programs at the Gwinnett Fire Academy and has mentored over 250 EMT and paramedic students over the past three-years.  The chief’s delivery style, enthusiasm and personal commitment were appreciated and informative for the members.

Some of the Fire and EMS safety examples offered by Chief Merck included: 1. Fire Station Tours highlighting fire safety gear, a tour of the station, and fire safety tips. Tours may be scheduled between the hours of 9:00am and 7:00pm any day of the week. Tours are dependent upon emergency calls received by station personnel.  2. Fire Risk Reduction classes teach participants what to expect in case of a fire and how to react if one occurs as well as how to design, implement, and practice a fire escape plan at home and at work.  3: Blood Pressure Checks are available to individuals at local fire stations.  4: Support for Fire Drills to help ensure safety of people in places of business and schools. Participating businesses and schools are given a drill evaluation form after a member of the fire department observes and assesses the evacuation plan in question.  5: Gwinnett offers a periodic Citizen's Fire Academy that is based on a 12-session course.  The academy offers participants a program to learn about Gwinnett Fire and Emergency Services in a classroom and practical setting. These sessions are taught by certified firefighters and paramedics.

Gwinnett Municipal Association members appreciate the support and information offered to the meeting attendees during the April 10, 2018 meeting.  More information about the Gwinnett Fire and Emergency Services Department may be accessed through this website link: https://www.gwinnettcounty.com/web/gwinnett/departments/fireandemergencyservices.