Responders receive TEMA certificates

Friday, October 25, 2013

By Karen Hall


On Wednesday, Marshall County's first-responders -- fire, police, and ambulance -- received certificates from the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency recognizing them for participation in an all-day class on search operations, held Sept. 7.

The class was the first in a series of four or five, and covered visual tracking, said Belfast Fire Chief Ricky Cozart.

"We're just trying to get a little more education through TEMA," he said.

Cozart added, "I got quite a bit out of the first class," even though he and his fire department have participated in a lot of search and rescue operations in Marshall County.

The Marshall County Emergency Management Agency hosted the class, said Director Bob Hopkins, and they were grateful to the Lewisburg Gas Department for the use of their meeting room.

Members of the Lewisburg Fire Department who received certificates were Fire Chief Larry Williams and Assistant Chief Jason Davis.

Certificates were also awarded to Robert Hale, Jason Mullins, and Jackson Lee, who volunteer with the Belfast Fire Department and as well as working with the Lewisburg Fire Department.

In addition to Cozart, Belfast Fire Department attendees included Jason Phillips and Bryan McCrory.

Attendees from the Police Department included Amanda Binkley, Shaun Crawford, Ben Fender, Bradley Martin, Kevin Patin, and Clyde Ragsdale, and Detectives James Johnson and David Henley.

The Marshall County Sheriff's Department was represented by Detective Tony Nichols.