Onslow County Fire Marshal’s Office Highlighted as an NC811 Safe Digging Partner
Greensboro, NC (June 1, 2017) Onslow County Fire Marshal’s Office has been chosen as the NC811 Safe Digging Partner for May 2017 due to its ongoing commitment to safety, damage prevention and spreading the “Call Before You Dig” message to the public.
Many safe digging partners have made the commitment to call 811 prior to any excavation, but few go above and beyond with making safety their #1 priority. The Onslow County Fire Marshal’s Office has shown their commitment to keeping their community and employees safe. They participate in the monthly Jones/Onslow Utility Coordinating Committee meetings along with promoting the safety message to the Rural Fire Departments throughout the county. During the month of April, Onslow County Emergency Services participated in the Fire Marquee challenge sharing the message of Calling 811 Before You Dig on many marquees around the county. “This is truly the type of Safe Digging Partner NC811 is looking for: The commitment to keeping the community safe by promoting the call 811 before you dig message,” said NC811’s Education Department Manager, Ann Rushing.
Howard Corey, Education Liaison with NC811 acknowledged Brian Kelly of the Onslow County Fire Marshal’s Office with a Safe Digging Partner award certificate at the Onslow County Board of Commissioners meeting in Jacksonville, NC on Monday, May 15, 2017. “Onslow County Emergency Services realizes that when utilities are damaged, it has the potential to not only affect a single home, but it could affect a whole community,” said Kelly. “Furthermore; it can affect our ability to respond while crews repair services. Our goal is to keep units in the station and not have to respond to emergencies. Sharing the message of “Calling 811 Before You Dig” is just another method that helps us with our cause.”
Every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without calling 811 first. Find out more about becoming a Safe Digging Partner.
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 lines for free. Call 811 or 1-800-632-4949 three working days before you plan on digging.
About Onslow County, Jacksonville, NC
Onslow County’s flat, gently rolling terrain covers 767 square miles and is located in the southeastern coastal plain of North Carolina, approximately 120 miles east of Raleigh, and 50 miles north of Wilmington. The City of Jacksonville is the County seat, and the areas surrounding the City constitute the major population centers and growth areas in the County. Onslow County is home to more than 185,000 people and includes the incorporated towns of Holly Ridge, Richlands, Swansboro, North Topsail Beach, part of Surf City, and unincorporated Sneads Ferry. Approximately 156,000 acres comprise the U.S. Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, and more than 43,000 marines and sailors are stationed there.