Greensboro, NC (June 28, 2017) Pinecroft-Sedgefield Fire Department in Greensboro has been chosen as the NC811 Fire Station Marquee Challenge grand prize winner for 2017 receiving a $1,000 check at a presentation that was streamed live on Facebook. Two honorable mentions, Onslow County Fire Marshal’s office, which submitted on behalf of the rural fire departments in Onslow County and Cape Fear Volunteer Fire Department received $400 for their entries.
Louis Panzer, Executive Director asked fire stations across the state to show their support during the month of April by posting a message to call “811” before any project on a marquee or post a safe digging banner. NC811 gave out almost 100 free banners to those fire departments lacking a marquee to help spread the word. The participants were asked to email a creative photo or video to highlight their efforts to keep residents in their communities safe.
“We are always looking for creative ways to keep the community safe by promoting the call 811 before you dig message. Fire Departments are a great resource that are deeply ingrained in the community, which builds credibility,” said NC811’s Education Department Manager, Ann Rushing.
When asked how the money will be used, Pinecroft-Sedgefield Fire Department plans to purchase a voice modulator for Sparky as he interacts to spread a life saving message with kids. Onslow County Fire Marshal’s Office will donate the money to support the “Fire Safety Through Literacy” program. This enables firefighters, public libraries and schools to have a nationally approved and age-appropriate fire safety message for children through the medium of children’s books. Onslow County’s Safe Kids coalition identified fire safety as a must tackle initiative in our community and therefore is a natural leader for this program. Cape Fear Volunteer Fire Department plans to use the funds for education as well.
Every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without calling 811 first. One free call to 811 three full working days prior to digging starts the process of having underground utility lines marked. The simple call reduces the chance of diggers unintentionally striking a utility line (gas, electric, communications, water or sewer) and causing inconvenient outages, harm to themselves or others, and/or repair costs.
Since 1978, North Carolina 811 has provided a fast and easy communications link with local utility providers. The public provides NC811 information about excavation, NC811 transmits the information to utilities and they send out locators to mark underground utility lines for free. Call 811 or 1-800-632-4949 three working days before you plan on digging. For more information, visit www.nc811.org.