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Emergency Communications Center (ECC)

Our dedicated Emergency Communications Officers (ECO’s) work 24/7 to

  • facilitate the flow of information between callers and county Fire & EMS, Police, and Animal Services
  • provide aid and instructions prior to the arrival of public safety field resources
  • assist with saving lives and protecting property

Emergency Medical Services

  • EMS Passport is a subscription program designed to help eliminate out-of-pocket patient expenses, such as health insurance co-payments and deductibles, when emergency ambulance transportation is required.

Fire

  • Fires from heating sources account for 36 percent of residential home fires in rural areas annually.
    • Often these fires are due to creosote buildup in chimneys and stovepipes.
    • All home heating systems require regular maintenance to function safely and efficiently.
  • Disposal Tips
    • Remember to allow ashes to cool before disposing of them.
    • Place ashes in a tightly covered metal container and keep the ash container at least 10 feet away from your home and any other nearby buildings.
    • Never empty the ash directly into a trash can.
    • Douse and saturate the ashes with water.

Fire alarms

  • Also, install smoke alarms on every level of your home and inside and outside of sleeping areas.
  • Test them monthly and change the batteries at least once a year. Consider installing the new, long-life smoke alarms.

Medication Abuse

  • Medication abuse is a national epidemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Chesterfield County’s percentage of teens abusing medications is higher than the national average, as indicated by the 2012 Community Youth Survey.
    • The survey was conducted by Substance Abuse Free Environment Inc., or SAFE, Chesterfield County’s substance abuse prevention coalition.
    • Two-thirds of teens who abuse prescription medications get them from their families or friends.
     
  • To help prevent unauthorized use of medications, SAFE, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Health, has launched, “Lock Your Meds,” a media-awareness campaign
    • Encourages parents and grandparents to secure their medications in a locked container or cabinet
    • Talk to their children about the importance of using medicines only as directed and the dangers of misuse.
     
  • Visit Safe for more information.