WEC and First Responders join for Mayday safety drill

HEADLAND, AL (WSFA) - If you were anywhere near the Wiregrass Electric Cooperative building in Headland Thursday you no doubt saw emergency officials all over the place. Thankfully, it wasn't a real emergency, but organizers of the drill say it could have been.

The Wiregrass Electric Cooperative recently celebrated a milestone, half a million hours without any lost time accidents. With safety top of mind they are preparing in the case of an emergency.

The scenario seemed all too real during the Mayday safety exercise. First responders responded to the call of WEC employee electrocuted while working on a utility pole when it was struck by a geneva county school bus carrying more than a dozen students. During the emergency simulation evaluators stood by taking notes on how emergency official from across Geneva County could improve response times, aiding victims and communicating between each other.

"We do take safety seriously. It is our number one goal. It is our number one priority. We want our guys to work safely and go home to their families every night. Having an exercise like this is certainly helping to achieve that goal," said Brad Kimbro, Wiregrass Electric Cooperative.

"The preliminary results show we are very happy with the drill. Of course we have some areas of issues we have to address, that's why we have these drills," said Jeremy Williams, Geneva Co. E911 Director.

The plan is to do this type simulation again in 2017.

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