DPW First Responders Honored in West Barnstable Ceremony

State Reps Will Crocker and Randy Hunt stand with DPW Workers from across the state with the official First Responder DPW Flag.

WEST BARNSTABLE – First Responders were honored on Monday during a ceremony at the West Barnstable Fire Station.

The ceremony saw the unveiling of a new flag to honor employees for the Department of Public Works (DPW). DPW employees are officially listed as First Responders for the critical public safety work they do.

Brand new First Responders Flags were hung on the Route 6 and Route 149 overpasses. The new flags replace old ones on the bridge with the new DPW Flag, colored in black and safety orange, was added the group.

“First Responder refers to individuals who, in the early stages of an incident, are responsible for the protection and preservation of life, property, evidence and the environment,” said State Rep. Randy Hunt (R-Sandwich).

“It’s so well deserved today that we’re going to take that a step further and put their flag onto this overpass to recognize those times when they are absolutely called in to help in times of disaster.”

Under the definition section of the Presidential Directive.

(d) The term “first responder” refers to those individuals who in the early stages of an incident are responsible for the protection and preservation of life, property, evidence, and the environment, including emergency response providers as defined in section 2 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 101), as well as emergency management, public health, clinical care, public works, and other skilled support personnel (such as equipment operators) that provide immediate support services during prevention, response, and recovery operations.

The full list of emergency responders includes:

-Emergency public safety

-Law enforcement

-Emergency response

-Emergency medical (including hospital emergency facilities)

-Public health

-Clinical care

-Public works, and other skilled support personnel (such as equipment operators)

Hunt went on to explain how the efforts of Public Works is critical to getting other First Responders safely to and from emergencies.

“The First Responders of Public Works are always on call, always ready to anticipate an emergency,” Hunt said.

“When we have 30 inches of snow you think about how you can’t get a fire truck or an ambulance out to some place if the roads haven’t been plowed. It’s the first thing that has to happen so other First Responders can do their jobs.”

By TIM DUNN, CapeCod.com News Center 

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