Sheriff Schultze was elected in 2022.
WASHINGTON COUNTY, Nov 11th 2023 — The Washington County IL Sheriff’s Department proudly announces the donation of two retired squad cars previously in service, to Washington County Emergency Management Agency. This strategic move aims to bolster the agency's logistical support capabilities, further enhancing its ability to respond swiftly and effectively to emergencies and disasters.
Since its inception as the Civil Defense, the Washington County EMA has evolved to meet the changing demands of emergency management. In its current role, the agency oversees a broad spectrum of potential disasters, providing crucial support to first responders on the front line. In the year 2023 alone, the EMA has been actively involved in 53 response calls, underscoring its dedication to community safety.
The addition of these former squad cars to the EMA's fleet marks a milestone in the agency's commitment to adaptability and innovation. These vehicles will play a pivotal role in supporting emergency response operations by serving as reliable and versatile assets. Earlier in the year, the Sheriff’s Department also donated a pickup truck, which has since been put to use moving equipment, as well as taking place in many traffic control incidents.
"The utilization of these retired squad cars aligns with our mission to continuously enhance our response capabilities," said Matt Bierman, Director for the Washington County EMA. "These vehicles offer valuable logistical support, enabling us to transport personnel, supplies, and equipment with efficiency to incident sites. They are a crucial addition to our toolkit in ensuring the safety and well-being of our community."
Beyond their role in transportation, the squad cars will also contribute to traffic control during emergencies, enhancing visibility for motorists and alerting them to potential hazards ahead. This feature is particularly crucial in mitigating risks and ensuring the safety of both emergency responders and the public.
The Washington County EMA expresses gratitude for the collaboration with the Washington County Sheriff's Office, acknowledging the seamless transition of these vehicles to support the agency's mission. As the EMA continues to evolve with the times, these squad cars represent a tangible asset that will contribute to the agency's ongoing efforts to serve and protect the community.
For more information about the Washington County Emergency Management Agency and its initiatives, please visit https://washingtonco.illinois.gov/ema/or contact the office at 618-327-4800 ext 345.
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