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WEMA notes help from agencies during recent spate of brush, grass fires

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Wilson Emergency Management cannot express enough thanks to the Sheriffs Office and to the Tennessee Highway Patrol law enforcement officers for their assistance. Their professionalism was exemplary and their quick action to assist fire/rescue personnel will not be forgotten.

WEMA would also like to express thanks to Chief Chris Dowell and the Lebanon Fire Department for their assistance with the fire call on Old Rome Pike. The barn fire was started by lightning and was the first call of the three Friday afternoon blazes that created this complicated series of events. Their assistance allowed WEMA units to be re-positioned to the South Commerce Road fire scene. WEMA was also allowed to return fire and EMS equipment back into service so that future calls could be covered as they continued to come into dispatch.

Wilson County has come through one of the most severe weather-induced fire seasons in recent history. Events of this magnitude emphasize the need for cooperative effort, unification of services, pooling of good resources and to have highly coordinated communications which is essential for effective scene management. With the growth in Wilson County and expansion of its municipalities, the need for working together, to be financially capable of adequately staffing and equipping emergency services is a must if situations of this magnitude are to be managed.

Wilson Emergency Management appreciates the efforts and support of the Sheriffs Office, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Lebanon Fire Department, Watertown Volunteer Fire Department, State Forestry and local citizens who have assisted during the recent fire season incidents. The department sincerely hopes that the rain that continues to fall will curtail the daily barrage of fires. Please do your part to avoid unnecessary burning.

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