Oconee Fire Rescue will offer an emergency medical responder course this fall beginning Sept.16.

The course includes 84 hours of classroom instruction and practical assessment, followed by 24 hours of clinical ride-alongs with National EMS. 

Classes will be held Mondays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will include two Saturday sessions on Oct. 5 and Nov. 2. Upon successful completion of the EMS course, participants will be eligible to volunteer as emergency medical responders with Oconee Fire Rescue.

The EMS course is open to Oconee County residents and requires no previous medical experience or training. The course is offered free of charge as a training opportunity for residents who would like to serve the county as volunteer. Membership applications are available at oconeecounty.com. Those interested can also call Oconee Fire Rescue at (706) 769-3975.

Sign up for emergency notices

Oconee County is utilizing a program to notify residents of emergency weather, road blockages, missing persons and other breaking news.  

CodeRed is similar to Nixle, in which people who sign up will receive alerts on their phone. While Nixle is a useful tool for the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, CodeRed will be utilized by multiple county departments and possibly municipalities.

“When people opt in, they can sign up for severe weather warnings, which I think is floods, thunderstorms and tornados,” said EMA Director C.J. Worden. “We need people to sign up.” 

Citizens can also be notified of road closures, boil-water advisories or fallen power lines. Last week, citizens received a message about a detour on Greensboro Highway due to work on a railroad crossing.

The Sheriff's Office will continue to operate Nixle for the time being. 

The CodeRed system is being administered by Oconee County Georgia Emergency Management Agency. For more information, contact Worden at (706) 310-3601
 or cworden@oconee.ga.us
. Citizens can also visit 

https://tinyurl.com/oconeega. To enroll, text  “OCONEEGA” to 99411 and follow the prompt. 

BOC talks roundabouts

The Board of Commissioners will hold a Town Hall Thursday, Aug. 1 to answer questions about roundabouts. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. at the Oconee County Civic Center at 2661 Hog Mountain Road. Town Hall meetings provide an opportunity for citizens to meet with commissioners and voice their opinions.  

For more on this story, see the July 18 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 

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