Public Safety Day in Forsyth-Monroe County
On October 11, BTV Systems had the incredible opportunity to sponsor and participate in the 1st Annual Public Safety Day of Forsyth-Monroe County. As the Public Safety Capital of Georgia, the members of the 2014 Leadership Monroe Class, including BTV’s own Tom Necastro, felt strongly that this year’s Public Safety Day should set the bar high for future years to follow. Hosted by the Forsyth-Monroe Chamber of Commerce, the Public Safety Day was created to bring awareness and recognition to the valiant efforts of our community and state in the public safety industry.
“We at BTV have a strong respect for all who work in the public safety sector. We are in partnership with many public safety organizations across this state. They put their lives on the line for our safety daily and many times they do not get a ‘thank you’ for all they do,” said Tom Necastro, Senior Lead Estimator at BTV Systems.
As a commercial security company, BTV Systems was honored to be a part of the festivities alongside the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, Forsyth Police Department, Monroe County Fire Department, Monroe County EMS, Georgia State Patrol, Georgia Forestry Commission, National Guard, and Bibb County SWAT, just to name a few.
Here are a few of the exciting demonstrations from Public Safety Day:
- The Georgia Department of Corrections brought out their COBRA team and they put on an awesome tactical demonstration
- The Byron Police Department brought a very informational trailer about drug awareness
- The Monroe County Fire Department actually flipped a car in the street and showed how to extricate a passenger. They also demonstrated in the middle of the street how they put out a propane tank fire – you could feel the heat all the way at the BTV booth!
- The Warner Robins Fire Department brought a trailer that fills with smoke for training you how to exit a building properly
More Than Just Public Safety Day for Forsyth-Monroe
This year’s Public Safety Day had an extra special, somber impact for citizens of Forsyth-Monroe. “The fact that our law enforcement and public safety officials put their lives on the line really hit home with ALL of us when Deputy Norris lost his life answering a call in the line of duty. This event added extra special meaning to all within our county because of this tragedy. I believe the local public came out to say thank you and allow the healing of a lost life to continue,” Tom shared.
The day was quite a success and everyone who attended had a great time participating in the 5K and Fun Run, experiencing hands-on Public Safety demonstrations with police, firefighters, and EMS personnel, playing in the Children’s Fun Zone, and taking part in the rides offered by Wow Inflatables.
BTV Systems set up a booth at the Festival showcasing innovative security products and several members of the team were there to answer questions including Jimmy Shepard, President & CEO, Matt Gonzalez, Systems Consultant, and Tony Yarbrough, Systems Consultant.
The booth even had a special visitor from Tom’s son, Michael Necastro, who was wearing a complete firefighter suit he had tried on at the Monroe County Fire Department booth! “There was so much to do that day, for kids and kids-at-heart,” said Tom Necastro.