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Posted on: April 13, 2020

COVID-19 HOMETOWN HEROES | 04/13/20 |

MPPD officer with mask

Hometown Heroes: Our Mount Pleasant First Responders

(En español)

Even in the best of times, First Responders are prepared for the worst.

So it’s no surprise how our Mount Pleasant Police Department, Fire Department and EMTs are serving the local community during this global pandemic. This includes Mount Pleasant Fire Chief Larry McRae leading response efforts as the Emergency Management Coordinator for Titus County.

“I am very proud of how our police officers, firefighters and EMTs are operating, despite the increased danger of being exposed to COVID-19 they each face,” said McRae. “Our citizens can remain confident that we are here to serve and protect 24/7.”

McRae’s increased duties as Emergency Management Coordinator include hosting a daily Emergency Management Team conference call with a countywide breadth of leadership who share challenges, solutions and resources to battle the spread of COVID-19 in a very fluid environment.

Participants include Titus County Judge Brian Lee; Titus Regional Medical Center CEO Terry Scoggin; the Cities of Mt. Pleasant, Talco and Winfield; Mt Pleasant, Chapel Hill, Rivercrest and Harts Bluff ISDs; North East Texas Community College; State Representative Cole Hefner’s office; Darrell Grubbs, Titus Co. Fresh Water District Director; Nathan Carroll, Texas Division of Emergency Management; Richard Bonny, Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce; and Nathan Tafoya, Mount Pleasant Economic Development Corporation.

MPFD offices weareing masks during COVID-19

Above: Mount Pleasant Fire Department members and the “36” antique Ford/Boyer fire engine: From L-R, back row- Lance Hall; Ranson Pipes; Shannon Hughes. From L-R, front row- Captain Otis Clark; (seated); Adrian Sitzes; (seated) Deputy Chief Danny Beard and (in the black mask), Chief Larry McRae.

“Finding enough time during the day to take care of normal Fire Department business as well as Emergency Management business is challenging," said McRae. "Being able to delegate to my Deputy Chiefs has been critical. We could not accomplish what we have without their assistance."

McRae also works closely with Mount Pleasant Interim Chief Kyle Holcomb. “Chief McRae and I have served in joint command situations together for many years, so we believe that our departments are operating very well during this crisis,” said Holcomb, who comes from a fire background and understands Incident Command Procedures.

In fact, COVID-19 was on the radar for McRae, Holcomb and the other community leaders long before it hit Texas. “We were monitoring reports that were trickling out early in the winter, and began discussing how it would affect us and our area,” said McRae. “Titus Regional Medical Center began looking at how they would prepare for the overflow of patients if an outbreak occurred.”

By February, McRae and Holcomb were also working to secure a supply of N-95 masks and gloves for their personnel and began making other incident plans.

“Our biggest challenge right now is dealing with crowds that continue to gather in homes, parks and other public places,” said Holcomb. “Under the state and county emergency declarations, more than 10 people gathered is a Class B Misdemeanor and subject to a $1,000 fine or 180 days in jail. Enforcement puts added stress on our officers, and we appreciate the cooperation of everyone to abide by the law.”

For fire fighters, the challenge is a little different. “By nature, they are public-oriented, so remaining at the station without visitors and not being out in the public has been a change,” said McRae. “But they know we have a job to do and we will do it well while practicing universal precautions.”

Despite days filled with crisis management, there is hope. “It has been encouraging to see our community come together to make masks to donate and find ways to worship while under restrictions,” said Holcomb. “Everyone needs to keep looking for ways to help each other, stay calm and follow the City website and Facebook page for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19.”

"The way the county has worked together, and the policies Judge Lee and Mount Pleasant Mayor Tracy Craig Sr. , Winfield Mayor Debbie Cruitt and Talco Mayor Keith Thompson have put in place early on have helped and protected our citizens.” said McRae. “We have to stay flexible as guidelines change, because the book on COVID-19 is being written daily."

MPPD Officer wears mask during COVID-19

Above: Corporal Destiny Cooper, Mount Pleasant Police Department

FIRST RESPONDERS REQUEST:

Do what our leaders are asking…

  • Stay Home
  • Limit travel unless absolutely necessary
  • Limit gatherings anywhere to less than 10
  • Wash your hands, cover your sneeze/cough
  • Wear masks in Public
  • Limit visits to stores to ONE person per family

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Héroes de nuestra comunidad: Nuestros auxiliadores primarios de Mount Pleasant


Aun en los mejores tiempos, los primeros auxiliadores están preparados para lo peor.

Por lo tanto, no es sorprendente cómo nuestro Departamento de Policía de Mount Pleasant, el Departamento de Bomberos y los EMT (técnicos de emergencias médicas) están sirviendo a la comunidad local durante esta pandemia global. Esto incluye los esfuerzos de Jefe de Bomberos de Mount Pleasant, Larry McRae, como Coordinador de Manejo de Emergencias para el Condado de Titus.

"Estoy muy orgulloso de cómo operan nuestros oficiales de policía, bomberos y técnicos de emergencias médicas EMT, a pesar del mayor peligro de estar expuestos al COVID-19 que enfrentan", dijo McRae. "Nuestros ciudadanos pueden seguir confiando en que estamos aquí para servir y proteger las 24 horas del dia."

McRae como Coordinador de Manejo de Emergencias organizan llamadas de conferencia diaria del Equipo de Manejo de Emergencias con una amplitud de liderazgo en todo el condado quienes comparten desafíos, soluciones y recursos para combatir la propagación de COVID-19 en un ambiente muy fluido.

Los participantes incluyen al juez del condado de Titus Brian Lee; El CEO del centro Médico de Titus, Terry Scoggin; las ciudades de Mt. Pleasant, Talco y Winfield; Mt Pleasant, Chapel Hill, Rivercrest y Harts Bluff ISD; North East Texas Community College; Oficina del Representante Estatal Cole Hefner; Darrell Grubbs, Director del Distrito de Agua potable de Titus Co.; Nathan Carroll, de la División de Manejo de Emergencias de Texas; Richard Bonny, Cámara de Comercio de Mount Pleasant y Nathan Tafoya, Corporación de Desarrollo Económico de Mount Pleasant.

MPFD offices weareing masks during COVID-19

Miembros del Departamento de Bomberos de Mount Pleasant y el antiguo camión de bomberos Ford / Boyer "36": De izquierda a derecha, fila de atrás: Lance Hall; Ranson Pipes; Shannon Hughes. De izquierda a derecha, primera fila: Capitán Otis Clark; (sentado); Adrian Sitzes; (sentado) Subjefe Danny Beard y (con la máscara negra), Jefe Larry McRae.

"Encontrar tiempo suficiente durante el día para ocuparse de los negocios normales del Departamento de Bomberos, así como el Manejo de Emergencias es un desafío", dijo McRae. "Poder delegar responsabilidades a mis subjefes ha sido crítico. No podríamos lograr lo que tenemos sin su ayuda."

McRae también trabaja en estrecha colaboración con el jefe interino de Mount Pleasant, Kyle Holcomb. "El jefe de bomberos McRae y yo hemos servido juntos en situaciones de comando conjunto durante muchos años, por lo que creemos que nuestros departamentos funcionan muy bien durante esta crisis", dijo Holcomb, que también tiene experiencia en ese departamento y comprende los procedimientos de comando de incidentes.

De hecho, COVID-19 estaba siendo monitoreado por McRae, Holcomb y los otros líderes de la comunidad mucho antes de que llegara a Texas. "Estábamos monitoreando los informes que estaban llegando a principios del invierno, y comenzamos a discutir cómo nos afectaría a nosotros y a nuestra área", dijo McRae. "El Centro Médico Regional Titus comenzó a analizar cómo se prepararían para el desbordamiento de pacientes si ocurriera un brote."

Para febrero, McRae y Holcomb también estaban trabajando para asegurar un suministro de máscaras y guantes N-95 a su personal y comenzaron a planificar para estos incidentes.

"Nuestro mayor desafío en este momento es tratar con multitudes que continúan reuniéndose en hogares, parques y otros lugares públicos", dijo Holcomb. “Según las declaraciones de emergencia del estado y del condado, más de 10 personas reunidas es un delito menor de Clase B y están sujetas a una multa de $ 1,000 o 180 días en la cárcel. La aplicación de la ley ejerce mayor presión sobre nuestros oficiales, y apreciamos la cooperación de todos para cumplir con la ley.”

Para los bomberos, el desafío es un poco diferente. "Por naturaleza, están orientados al público, por lo que permanecer en la estación sin visitantes y no estar fuera del público ha sido un cambio", dijo McRae. "Pero saben que tenemos un trabajo que hacer y lo haremos bien mientras practicamos las precauciones universales."

A pesar de los días llenos de crisis, hay esperanza. "Ha sido alentador ver a nuestra comunidad unirse para hacer máscaras para donar y encontrar formas de reunirse como iglesia bajo restricciones", dijo Holcomb. "Todos deben seguir buscando formas de ayudarse, mantener la calma y seguir el sitio web de la Ciudad y la página de Facebook para obtener la información más actualizada sobre COVID-19."

"La forma en que el condado ha trabajado en conjunto y las políticas del Juez Lee, el alcalde de Mount Pleasant Tracy Craig Sr., La alcaldesa de Winfield, Debbie Cruitt, y el alcalde de Talco, Keith Thompson, establecidas desde el principio han ayudado y protegido a nuestros ciudadanos ". dijo McRae. "Tenemos que mantenernos flexibles a cualquier cambio y seguir las pautas, porque las actualizaciones sobre COVID-19 se escribe a diario."

MPPD Officer wears mask during COVID-19

Cabo Destiny Cooper, Departamento de Policía de Mount Pleasant.

LOS AUXILIADORES PRIMARIOS PIDEN QUE:

Hagas lo que nuestros líderes te piden ...

  • Quedarse en casa
  • Limite los viajes a menos que sea absolutamente necesario
  • Limite las reuniones en cualquier lugar a menos de 10
  • Lávese las manos, cúbrase los estornudos / tos
  • Use máscaras en público
  • Limite las visitas a las tiendas a UNA persona por familia

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