PROCLAMATION

A PROCLAMATION TO RECOGNIZE AND COMMEND THE OUTSTANDING SERVICES OF PUBLIC SAFETY PERSONNEL DURING THE WINTER STORM OF 2003

            WHEREAS, on February 16, 2003 , a significant winter storm disrupted public services to all Fauquier County citizens; and

            WHEREAS, the disruptions in transportation services threatened the delivery of public safety services to all of Fauquier County citizens for three days and nights requiring additional personnel, equipment and sheltering personnel to be on standby; and

            WHEREAS, on February 16, 2003, the Director of Emergency Services for the County of Fauquier, on the recommendation of the Fauquier County Chief of the Department of Fire and Emergency Service, issued a Declaration of Local Emergency which ultimately received a Presidential Emergency Declaration for cost recovery; and

            WHEREAS, Fauquier Volunteer Fire and Rescue and Department of Fire and Emergency Services personnel provided additional 24-hour staffing; and

            WHEREAS, Warrenton/Fauquier Joint Communications Center personnel maintained elevated staffing and performance levels; and

            WHEREAS, Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office, and Virginia State Police maintained traffic safety and other service levels, in spite of the road conditions; and

            WHEREAS, the Fauquier Chapter of the American Red Cross was on standby during the event and prepared to open and staff shelters if needed; and

            WHEREAS, Virginia Department of Transportation employees and contractors worked tirelessly to keep roads open and assisted public safety agencies by responding to call locations to open roads and driveways for emergency units; and

            WHEREAS, Fauquier County Support Services personnel worked to clear snow and restore County and School Services; and

            WHEREAS, a joint effort by numerous agencies successfully evacuated a group of Boy Scouts snowed in at Camp Big Rock, Markham; now, therefore, be it

            PROCLAIMED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 21st day of April 2003, That the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors recognizes all Public Safety Workers’ services and dedication during this event to be outstanding; and, be it

PROCLAIMED FURTHER, That these dedicated public safety servants are hereby commended for their commitment to the preservation of lives and properties of the citizens of Fauquier County .  

 

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Harry F. Atherton

Chairman of the Board