Mangohick VFD Honors Two Longtime Members at Annual Community Day
Mangohick Volunteer Fire Department posthumously honored two of its longtime members as part of a successful Community Day on September 10.
The event drew many from the community who came to participate in a classic car display, silent auction, and tables and booths from crafters, public safety officials, and non-profit organizations.
The highlighted moments came when two buildings were dedicated in honor of the service of Theodore F. Woody and Cecil L. Schools.
A Memorial Stage was dedicated in honor of Woody, and a Memorial Building will memorialize the work of Schools for his 25 years of service to MVFD.
King William County 5th District Supervisor, Ed Moren, spoke to a good crowd on hand and recognized the contributions of Woody and Schools and the volunteer fire department as a whole over the years.
Current MVFD leaders thanked the public for their financial contribution to the new buildings. Funds are also provided annually by the Board of Supervisors to the volunteer organization.
King William Fire & EMS Secures Grant for Emergency Preparedness
The hard-working efforts of the King William Fire & EMS Department has brought yet another grant to the County.
County Government was notified on September 9 the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) has allocated $10,000 in funding from the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Radiological Emergency Preparedness Fund for the 2023 Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program (REPP).
According to the announcement, the program allows local governments within the ingestion pathway to roll forward up to five years of funding. For state fiscal year 2023, King William County has $10,000 available to enhance their radiological emergency preparedness program.
King William Fire & EMS Chief Stacy Reaves indicates the funds will be used to advance the County’s emergency management planning response. An immediate use is to set up the Emergency Operations Center.
The latest grant comes on the heels of an over $350,000 grant for SCBA gear that will be shared with West Point Volunteer Fire Department.
Habitat for Humanity Releases Annual Report
Hanover and King William Habitat for Humanity recently released its annual report – 2022 Impact by the Numbers.
The document is filled with interesting facts on how aggressive the non-profit organization has been in serving the two communities.
A couple numbers that stick out: 8,029 hours of service were donated by volunteers and 691 volunteers helped serve the cause.
View the complete report on the Hanover and King William County Habitat for Humanity website.
Large Number Attend Civilian Response, Casualty Care Training
More than 50 people participated in Civilian Response and Casualty Care (CRCC) training at the King William Recreation Center off Route 360 on September 7. This free training was led by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS).
While the training was mostly attended by County employees, along with Chairman Ed Moren, it is designed for all civilians. The training focuses on responding to active attack situations and providing immediate care to help casualties survive while waiting for first responders to arrive.
A second training is planned for early 2023 and the public will again be invited to participate. To see all the public safety courses offered by DCJS, visit their website.
King William County Set to Tackle Virginia’s Rural Health Plan
The Virginia State Office of Rural Health was established in 1991 to create, fund, and support quality and sustainable rural healthcare infrastructure in counties like King William and others in the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck.
While COVID-19 slowed down the planned update and implementation of the Virgina Rural Health Plan, it is now available, along with a Rural Resource Toolkit. The Toolkit is includes an interactive dashboard accessible to the public which will provide a comprehensive evaluation of the overall health and well-being of Virginia’s rural communities and provide a listing of available resources.
The 2022-2026 Plan outlines seven priority metrics, which include:
- Advancing Education, with emphasis on third grade Standards of Learning Reading Assessment;
- Increasing the number of homes with broadband;
- Increasing food security and nutrition among households, especially those with children;
- Providing adequate health care for mothers and babies, especially in the prenatal stage;
- The availability of public access to health care services generally and to reduce the number of avoidable hospitalizations;
- Focusing on behavioral health and aiding with substance use recovery; and
- Providing employment and work force development.
King William County’s Recreation Commission has accepted the Plan for implementation at the direction of the Board of Supervisors and County Staff and an expanded recreation program is under development.
Download the full plan on the VDH website.