York County Receives VACo Achievement Awards
August 17, 2016
The York County departments of Fire & Life Safety and Information Technology have been selected as 2016 Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) Achievement Awards recipients. The awards were presented by Larry Land, VACo Director of Policy Development, at the August 16 meeting of the York County Board of Supervisors.
Fire & Life Safety Assistant Chief Jeff Payne accepted awards for two programs: "Taking Action Against Fire Service Cancer – Hoods and Wipes" and "Training for Life – For Those Served and Those That Serve." Information Technology Deputy Director Tim Wyatt accepted an award for "File Structure and Accountability."
“Taking Action Against Fire Service Cancer – Hoods and Wipes” - Due to the increased use of petroleum products in today's manufacturing and construction industries, firefighters are exposed to higher concentrations of highly carcinogenic agents while performing their firefighting duties. This exposure has been linked to the significantly higher occurrence of cancer for firefighters than that of the general population. "Taking Action Against Fire Service Cancer – Hoods and Wipes" is designed to mitigate this danger by directing firefighters to doff their gear and immediately use "Grime Boss" wipes to decontaminate their face, neck, hands, and arms after any exposure.
"Training for Life – For Those Served and Those That Serve" - This comprehensive program incorporates training in Fire Dynamics as well as "Confidence Box" and "Mayday/Denver Drill" training props. Firefighting is an ever-evolving trade/science that has life and death consequences. These hands-on training experiences are invaluable in maintaining the requisite skills necessary to save the lives of the firefighters as well as the citizens they are serving. The training props were constructed and instruction was provided by a dedicated and pro-active group of department personnel.
“File Structure and Accountability” - Computer file sharing has become a foundation for coordination, integration, and collaboration. Over the course of 16 months, the entire York County file storage and sharing structure was revamped with no funding, no additional staff, no custom programming, or third-party software. This program has resulted in file-related work orders being completed in seconds instead of hours with 100% accuracy. Additionally, the solution itself is flexible and scalable enough to be utilized in any organization with any number of employees.
York County is fortunate to have such innovative and dedicated professionals to serve the needs of our citizens. Congratulations to all involved with the development of these award-winning and innovative programs.
Photo: (from left to right) Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Sheila Noll, IT Deputy Director Tim Wyatt, Assistant Chief Jeff Payne, and VACo Director of Policy Development Larry Land.