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State Fire Marshal Reminds Tennesseans to Heat Homes Safely

State Fire Marshal Reminds Tennesseans to Heat Homes Safely

Heating Equipment Fires Caused 42 Deaths, $31 Million in Property Losses Since 2010

NASHVILLE –The State Fire Marshal’s Office is reminding Tennesseans to keep safe and warm as colder weather becomes more common across the state. Residents are urged to use extra caution with the use of alternate heat sources.

"The arrival of colder weather means many people will begin to heat their homes with fireplaces, woodstoves, and space heaters," said Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak. "The drop in temperature traditionally brings a rise in fire deaths and injuries due to the use of these alternate heat sources.”

Heating equipment is a major cause of home fire devastation. The Tennessee Fire Incident Reporting System reports that Tennessee fire departments responded to 2,924 home structure fires that involved heating equipment from 2010-2014.

These fires caused 42 civilian fire deaths, 54 civilian fire injuries and over $31 million in direct property damage. Heating equipment fires accounted for 8 percent of all reported home fires and 9 percent of home fire deaths.

Some simple steps can prevent most heating-related fires from happening:

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
  • Burn only dry, seasoned wood in fireplaces and woodstoves.Never burn garbage or use flammable liquids to start a fire.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
  • If the pilot light of your gas heater goes out, allow 5 minutes or more for the gas to go away before trying to relight the pilot. Follow manufacturer’s instructions when relighting the pilot. Do not allow gas to accumulate, and light the match before you turn on the gas to the pilot to avoid risk of flashback.

Don’t forget to install smoke alarms on every level of your home and to test them monthly. Develop and practice a home fire escape plan with everyone in your home. The plan should include two ways out of every room and a designated meeting place outside where everyone can be accounted for.

Visit us online and download our complete home fire safety checklist.

 

 

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Bid Request - SCBA

The City of Waverly Department of Public Safety is seeking proposals for Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA). Bids will be opened on Friday, November 6, 2015 at 10 a.m. CST in the training room of the Department of Public Safety at 103 East Main Street, Waverly, TN. Bid specs may be obtained by contacting Chief Grant Gillespie, 103 East Main St., Waverly, TN 37185. 931-296-4300.  We reserve the right to reject any and/or all proposals, to waive technicalities or informalities, and to accept any proposal deemed to be in the best interest of the City of Waverly.

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Citizens Police Academy Session 9 Announced

August 11, 2015

Citizens Police Academy -Session 9 Announced

Session 9 of the Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA) is set to begin Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 6pm.  Chief Grant Gillespie and officers from the Waverly Police Department will conduct the program.  Classes are approximately three hours in length and are held every Tuesday night through November 24.  Topics covered in the course include an overview of the law enforcement profession, criminal law, drug enforcement, patrol, firearms, DUI, defensive tactics, crime investigations, emergency driving, and other police related topics.

“Basically, it’s an extremely condensed version of the real police academy.  Each night’s topic is the same as a week’s topic in the police academy” Gillespie said.   The class is very “hands on” and cadets will be allowed to drive police cars, shoot department weapons, write police reports, and ride with patrol officers on their shifts.  According to Chief Gillespie, “This class gives you a behind the scenes look at what we do and why we do it.  It's a great way to understand how your local police department works."

In addition, cadets will learn about the Public Safety concept in which officers are also trained as firefighters.  "The public safety concept is unique and cadets will have an opportunity to learn how this benefits our community," said Gillespie.

The CPA accepts applications from anyone at least 18 years old and living in Humphreys County.  Preference is given to citizens who live or work in Waverly.  Individuals of all ages are encouraged to apply.  The class is not physically demanding and accommodations will be made for anyone with health challenges.  Class size is limited to no more than sixteen cadets.  For more information contact Chief Grant Gillespie at 931-296-4300.  Applications can be picked up at the Waverly Police Department or downloaded from the PD website at www.waverlypublicsafety.com

Applications will be accepted through August 31.

Download the CPA application in pdf format here.

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Safety Tips for Outdoor Grilling

Summertime is the peak season for outdoor grilling and grilling fires. This year, the Waverly Department of Public Safety along with the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office urges outdoor cooks to keep fire safety in mind as they start up the grill this summer.

From 2010-2014, Tennessee fire departments responded to 204 fires involving grills, hibachis or barbeques. Those fires resulted in two civilian injuries, two firefighter injuries and $5.9 million in property damage, according to the Tennessee Fire Incident Reporting System (TFIRS).

“Practice safety whenever you grill,” said Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Julie Mix McPeak. “Place your grill well away from siding, deck railings, eaves and overhanging branches. Never leave a grill unattended.”

Keeping safety your No. 1 priority while grilling can help make your summer cookout memorable for the right reasons.

· Before using a grill, check the connection between the propane tank and the fuel line. Make sure the venturi tubes - where the air and gas mix - are not blocked.

· Do not overfill the propane tank.

· Do not wear loose clothing while cooking at a barbecue.

· Be careful when using lighter fluid. Do not add fluid to an already lit fire because the flame can flashback up into the container and explode.

· Keep all matches and lighters away from children. Teach your children to report any loose matches or lighters to an adult immediately. Supervise children around outdoor grills.

· Dispose of hot coals properly - douse them with plenty of water, and stir them to ensure that the fire is out. Never place them in plastic, paper or wooden containers.

· Never grill/barbecue in enclosed areas - carbon monoxide could be produced.

· Make sure everyone knows to “stop, drop and roll” in case a piece of clothing does catch fire. Call 911 if a burn warrants serious medical attention.

 

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2014 Annual Report Released

2014AnnualReportThe Department of Public Safety has released its Annual Report for 2014. The report is an overview of WDPS and includes information about personnel, programs, equipment, and statistics.  Although the report is extensive, it is merely a summary of key information and events from throughout 2014.

The report is available on-line at www.waverlypublicsafety.com in pdf format.

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2014 Officer of the Year

Officer Chris Taylor has been named Officer of the Year for 2014.  The Officer of the Year is nominated by the members of the department.   "Officer Taylor has been a very active officer and has made several felony cases this year," said Chief Grant Gillespie.  "He is a great example of meeting the high standards we expect from our officers."  

Officer Taylor has been with the Department since 2011 and was also named a Field Training Officer (FTO) this year and became a member of the department's Special Response Team.  In his duties as an FTO, Officer Taylor will be responsible for training new officers.

This year's award was sponsored by Porch-Stribling-Webb Insurance Company.  Pictured below is Taylor Porch presenting the award to Officer Chris Taylor.

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Drug Indictments Served

Dec. 9, 2014

The Waverly Police Department ended a year-long drug investigation with the indictment of 14 people last week.  The indictments include charges for the sale of prescription drugs and marijuana. 

The abuse of prescription drugs has become a large problem for many communities including Waverly.  “This represents a year-long effort by the Police Department to help combat the drug problem in our community. Many of us can easily name someone in our lives who are affected by prescription drug abuse” said Chief Grant Gillespie.  “This investigation focused on illegal prescription drug sales.”

Detective Jonathan Fortner was the lead investigator in the case.  Several vehicles used in the transactions were seized under civil forfeiture laws and will be sold at auction.  The proceeds of the sale will go into the special drug fund which helps fund drug law enforcement.  Most of the indictments were served last week by members of the Waverly Police Department’s Special Response Team (SRT).

“The Waverly Police Department is committed to keeping Waverly a drug free community.  The officers involved in this investigation have put in many hours and hard work on these cases,” said Chief Gillespie.

Drug enforcement is a continuing effort by the department.  Anyone having information concerning drug activity in the City of Waverly is encouraged to report it by calling the Waverly Police Department at 296-4300 or they can remain anonymous by calling Crimestoppers at 296-2414.

 

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Halloween Events Oct 31

As a reminder to everyone, East Main Street from Cooley Street to Fairground Drive, will be closed to traffic on Friday, October 31 beginning at 4:30pm to 8:00pm for the First Baptist Church's annual street party.  The event begins at 5:00pm.  The Department of Public Safety asks everyone to please drive carefully as downtown will be filled with excited children out trick or treating.

"We will have extra officers and firefighters out to help with traffic and all the activities in the city Halloween night," said Chief Grant Gillespie, "Please slow down and watch for kids in and near the street."

Officers and Firefighters will be at the event on Main St. handing out "slap bracelets" while supplies last.  These bracelets are reflective and can be worn with the kid's costumes to help make them more visible around traffic.  

In addition to the street party, the Waverly United Methodist Church also has a trunk or treat event in their parking lot.  The Waverly Tigers also have a home game at WCHS.  Officers will be on hand to assist with traffic after the game.

 

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Armed Robbery Suspects in Custody

October 10, 2014

An armed robbery occurred last night in a vehicle on East Railroad Street in Waverly.  The victim, who was a passenger in a car with the suspects, had his wallet, cash and cell phone stolen at gunpoint.  The suspects dropped the victim off on Circle Drive where he went to a nearby residence and called 911.  Randy Beasley, 19, Myron Strowder, 19, and Matthew McKee, 19, all of Dickson, have been arrested and charged with Aggravated Robbery.  They were taken into custody in Dickson and are currently in jail in Humphreys County.

“Officer Jeremy Brooks and Detective Jonathan Fortner did a great job of identifying the suspects and working with the Dickson Police Department and the 23rd Judicial District Drug Task Force to quickly get these suspects in custody,” said Chief Grant Gillespie.

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WDPS Employment Opportunity

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The Waverly Department of Public Safety-Police and Fire is accepting applications for the position of Public Safety Officer (Police Officer).  The Department of Public Safety is a 24 hour full service Police and Fire Department.  Because of the unique mission of the department, Public Safety Officers are required to perform both law enforcement and firefighting duties.  All Public Safety Officers are required to complete the Basic Police Academy and Basic Fire Academy.  Public Safety Officers are required to work shift work and are on call 24/7.

The application process includes a physical ability test, written police entry exam, oral interview panel and extensive background check.  Successful candidates will undergo drug screening, physical and psychological exams.  Details of the process will be provided to applicants.

Minimum Requirements include:

  • Be at least twenty-one (21) years of age;
  • Be a citizen of the United States;
  • Be a high school graduate or possess equivalence;
  • Have a valid TN driver’s license;
  • Not have been convicted of or pleaded guilty to or entered a plea of nolo contendere to any felony charge or to any violation of any federal or state laws or city ordinances relating to force, violence, theft, dishonesty, gambling, liquor and other alcoholic beverages or controlled substances;
  • Not have been released or discharged under other than honorable discharge from any of the armed forces of the United States;
  • Have good moral character as determined by a thorough background investigation

Application packets can be picked up at the Waverly Police Department or downloaded at www.waverlypublicsafety.com.

Applications will be accepted through Noon on Monday, October 6, 2014. 

Submit application packet, cover letter and resume via mail or in person to:

Chief of Public Safety

103 East Main St.

Waverly, TN 37185

Questions concerning the application process, compensation and benefits package may be addressed to either Captain Devin Elliott or Chief Grant Gillespie at 931-296-4300.

The City of Waverly is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is a drug-free workplace.

 

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Instructions for Applying for the Position of Public Safety Officer:

 

All materials returned to the department are checked for completeness, neatness, and accuracy.  Applicants should complete all areas of the application, and should clearly print or type the application.  Incomplete or illegible applications may be rejected.

 

Prior to the deadline, each applicant should submit:

 

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Current Resume’
  3. Employment Application

 

The application can be picked up at the Police Department during regular business hours or downloaded from our website at www.waverlypublicsafety.com. (Look on the Information tab)

 

The application packet should be delivered to the Police Department no later than the deadline listed on the announcement (Monday, October 6, 2014):

 

Chief of Public Safety
Waverly Department of Public Safety
103 East Main St
Waverly, TN 37185

 

Applicants should not submit training certificates, diplomas, transcripts, birth certificates, etc with the application.  These types of documents may be requested later during the background investigation process.

 

Applicants who have previously applied for employment should re-apply.

 

The Hiring Process:

 

Failure to complete or pass any portion of the hiring process will result in dis-qualification. 

 

Following the initial screening of applications, selected applicants will be notified as the testing process continues, of the dates of the Physical Ability Test, Written Exam, and Oral Interview Board.  The background investigation begins with the initial application, and applicants may be asked to complete a Personal History Statement which includes detailed background information.

 

Successful candidates who are made a conditional offer of employment will be required to complete a physical exam, drug screening, and psychological exam.

 

 

 

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WDPS Receives Donation from Dupont

Photograph – Jason Herndon, on behalf of DuPont’s Volunteer Recognition Program, presents Chief David Daniel with a $1,000 check for the City of Waverly Department of Public Safety. 

The DuPont Volunteer Recognition Program. Established in 1998, the program recognizes employees or teams of employees who devote their time and talents to improve the quality of life in their communities. On behalf of each honoree or honoree team, $1,000.00 is donated to the organization where the community service is performed. The New Johnsonville Site honored 15 employees and their organizations. Jason Herndon was among these honorees. Jason represents the Waverly Department of Public Safety as a Volunteer Fire Fighter, and is involved with several of the Departments community involved events.

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K9 Crockett Receives Body Armor

Our K9, Crockett this week received a ballistic vest from the non-profit organization, Vested Interest in K9's, Inc.  The vest was awarded to the Waverly Police Department free of charge through their program.  Here are a few photos of Crockett wearing his new vest and a link to the announcement of the grant award.  We are very appreciative of the gift from Vested Interest in K9's!

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K9 Crockett Awarded Body Armor - May 2014 Article

 Vested Interest in K9's, Inc.

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WDPS Partners with State Fire Marshal to Provide Home Smoke Alarm Installations

Article Update:  WDPS has received an additional supply of smoke alarms.  If you would like to receive an alarm and are a city resident, please call 931-296-4300.

 

WDPS Partners with State Fire Marshal to Provide Home Smoke Alarm Installations

The State Fire Marshal’s Office recently presented the Waverly Fire Department with a supply of smoke alarms to be installed in homes within the community at high risk of fire. The department personnel attended an information session and training course on the new alarms, which utilize a battery with a 10-year lifespan.

This statewide, months-long distribution of smoke alarms is all part of the State Fire Marshal’s effort to both educate and equip Tennesseans to incorporate fire safety into their daily lives.

“We want residents to make sure they have functional smoke alarms in their homes, as well as a rehearsed fire-escape plan. These are tools proven to save lives

– because even one fire death is one too many,” says State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak.

The alarms are free, but must be installed by the fire department or a partnering organization that has received the training course. Because supplies are limited, the fire department may need to give first preference to those who are not able to otherwise afford smoke alarms.

“We are excited to be able to partner with the State Fire Marshal’s Office in providing these smoke alarms for the citizens here in Waverly” said Chief David Daniel of the Waverly Department of Public Safety. “Fire can spread through a home in a matter of minutes and smoke alarms can give residents the warning needed to get out safely.”

To request an installation, call 931-296-4300 and provide your name, address, and phone number. A fire department representative will then contact you to schedule a time for the installation.

In addition to having working smoke alarms, follow these other important tips to make sure your home is fire-safe:

  • Always stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling, or broiling food.
  • Check to see that matches and lighters are kept up high in a cabinet with a childproof lock.
  • Develop a home fire escape plan with two ways out of every room and an outside meeting place. Share and practice the plan with every member of the household.
  • Keep portable space heaters and candles 3 feet away from anything that can burn, including people, furniture, and pets.
  • Always turn off portable space heaters when you leave the room or go to bed.
  • Have the chimney cleaned and checked regularly.
  • Do not smoke in bed.
  • Make sure that all matches and ashes are cool before being thrown away.
  • Make sure that extension cords are in good condition and are used to power small items only – never major appliances.

For further information on fire safety, feel free to visit the WDPS website at www.waverlypublicsafety.com or State Fire Marshal’s Office Get Alarmed Program website at http://tn.gov/fire/getalarmed.shtml. You also may download a home fire safety checklist at http://tn.gov/commerce/sfm/fsk/documents/checklist.pdf.

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Waverly Police Department K9 Crockett has been awarded a ballistic vest

Waverly Police Department K9 Crockett has been awarded a ballistic vest

The Waverly Police Department K9 Crockett has been awarded a ballistic vest thanks to a nonprofit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.  An incentive program offered by Armor Express of Central Lake, MI. to Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided 19 law enforcement dogs in 8 states with ballistic vests. For every 15 vests purchased by the charity, a free vest was awarded. Vests were donated to K9's in Indiana, Illinois, North Carolina, New Mexico, Ohio, Minnesota, Texas and South Carolina.

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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

May 17, 8am-1pm

Humphreys County Fairgrounds
234 W Blue Creek Rd.

Bring your automotive fluids, oil based paint, household cleaners, pool chemicals, pesticides, fluorescent bulbs, etc for proper disposal.

For information call 931-296-3442

Sponsored by TN Dept. of Environment and Conservation

www.tdec.net

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