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Wesson police, fire chiefs: We’re prepared

The heads of the Wesson police and volunteer fire departments say January was a busy month as both agencies dealt with more winter weather emergencies than usual.

Police Chief Chad O’Quinn and Fire Chief Ken Carraway gave aldermen a rundown on reports for the month at the board’s meeting Tuesday night.

But, before business got underway Tuesday, Boy Scout Troop 125 opened the assembly with an invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance. They also took notes throughout the meeting as part of their civic awareness training.

After the opening ceremony, Police Chief Chad O’Quinn briefed the board on his office’s monthly activity. His list of reports, while hefty, was fairly standard for a Wesson January, and a few winter road safety precautions were also mentioned.

“We took preventative measures when the weather got cold. For example, we went ahead and closed bridges we knew would ice over,” he said.

Subsequently, Fire Chief Ken Carraway discussed the ways through which his team stays crisis-ready. He said the volunteer brigade holds mock emergency runs each month to test the fire department’s dexterity.

“We’re preparing for what we pray never happens, but we want to be ready just in case,” he said.

He also reported that, over the past three years, his department’s fire prevention programs have reached an average of 2,900 people per year, which is substantially higher than the presumed regional average.

In other business, the board approved the consolidation of Wesson’s financial accounts to Copiah Bank. The town’s funds are currently divided between Trustmark National Bank and Copiah Bank, and the change will allow town officials to see each of the municipality’s active accounts on a single webpage.