County Executive Jan Gardener and Council Member Jerry Donald coordinated an enlightening public safety meeting held at Brunswick City Hall on March 23rd, 2016.
Several residents were in attendance, as well as members of the Brunswick Emergency Fire and Rescue Departments. Jack Markey, Director of Division of Emergency Management led the discussion.
Tom Owens, Fire Chief and Director of the Department of Fire and Rescue Services provided an excellent overview of how County emergency personnel respond in various emergency situations, particularly in Rail Road emergencies, a hot topic in Brunswick. Milt Frech, the Brunswick Police Chief and Frederick County Sheriff, Chuck Jenkins, presented a very engaging dialogue on police emergency preparedness as well.
Seamus Mooney spoke on what the public could undertake to protect themselves, their families and pets in the event of an emergency event. Of particular interest to local residents, was Jason Bishop, a representative from CSX, the rail-based freight transportation company, who discussed the shipping containers and contents carried on vessels through the scenic town.
Residents took some comfort in discussing CSX safety precautions and procedures. Finally, Dave Kline, of First Energy spoke on the dangers associated with electrical wires and boxes. It was an interesting and informative meeting where residents could ask questions and positively engage with their local Fire and Rescue team.
Brunswick Mayor Karen Tome expressed deep appreciation to the County Executive Jan Gardner and County Council Member Jerry Donald for their leadership in facilitating a very comprehensive and informative public information session for the residents of Brunswick and the First County Council District.