The Wyoming County Commissioners recognized Brad Killian, a dispatcher in the county’s 911 center, for being named “2019 Trainer of the Year” by the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials.
Killian began his career in 1983 working for a private emergency dispatching company, Reach Communications, until the county formed its own communication center in 1984.
Throughout his 35 years of service, Killian “has been a dedicated employee and lead dispatcher and trainer for Wyoming County 911,” Commissioner Tom Henry said at Tuesday’s meeting.
For every staff member, Killian has been involved in at least one portion of their training process, and he is known for adapting the program to each trainee to ensure their success.
“Nothing works without the whole team,” said Killian in response to receiving the award.
The commissioners also made a proclamation for National Public Safety Telecommunications Week (April 14-20).
Henry said emergencies can occur at any moment and “the prompt response of police officers, firefighters and EMS personnel is critical to the protection of life and preservation of property.”
The safety of these first responders is dependent upon calls obtained from the 911 center, and public safety dispatchers are the “first and most critical contact our citizens have with emergency services.”
Besides being the “single vital link” for communication and monitoring activities to ensure safety, dispatchers have “contributed substantially to the apprehension of criminals, suppression of fires and treatment of patients” while also exhibiting “compassion, understanding and professionalism.”
Wyoming County Emergency Management Agency Director Gene Dziak was present at Tuesday’s meeting to update the commissioners on the impact of the recent storm and tornado warning.
Areas such as Windham Township, Northbranch Township and Falls Township have experienced power outages, and Buttermilk Falls has suffered damage.
The Red Cross was on standby Monday night in case shelters were needed.
Commissioners also spoke of a document county residents may have been receiving in the mail from the Local Records Office
in Harrisburg, which says they could receive a property profile and additional copy of their property deed for $89.
Commissioner Judy Mead reminded residents that they could obtain these items at the courthouse for much less, as printing documents costs $0.25 per page.
Commissioner Michael Stabinsky has been in communication with the state police about active shooter training for county employees.
The plan would be to have employees complete online training, followed by Q&A sessions in small groups. The training would conclude with a drill at the courthouse.
Commissioners hired Crystal Miller for a case worker position in Children and Youth, effective April 18.
During the recent conference the commissioners attended, they learned of a smartphone app called “TestIT,” which people can use to figure out the speed of their broadband.
Results will be sent to a database, allowing the National Association of Counties, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation and the Rural Community Assistance Partnership to analyze connectivity data across the country and identify areas in need of stronger broadband.
Michael Rogers, county recycling coordinator and waste director, was present at the meeting to talk about the Wyoming County Recycling Center’s upcoming electronics recycling event on Saturday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Another electronics recycling event is scheduled for Sept. 14 at the same time.
While there’s a fee to recycle certain electronics, Henry said the county does not make a profit.
For a full list of acceptance electronics and their fees, visit wycopa.org.
Next Saturday, April 27, the courthouse plans to participate in National Drug Take Back Day with local pharmacies.
Henry reminded the public that all year, the county also has a drop box for medications, as well as used needles. He warned the public to exercise cautious with used needles.
Also on April 27 is a tick and Lyme disease seminar in the Mountain View High School auditorium.
The commissioners broke off into executive session to discuss personnel matters, but did not take any action.
The Wyoming County Commissioners are scheduled to meet again on Tuesday, April 30 at 9 a.m.