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Ridgeland Mississippi News

Ridgeland Fire Department to host 9/11 ceremony and heroes run

The Ridgeland Fire Department will be hosting a 9/11 ceremony and heroes run on September 11. The public is invited to attend the ceremony to honor the heroes of 9/11 at 8:15 a.m. Immediately after the ceremony, a 5k and 1-mile fun run/walk will begin at approximately 8:45 a.m. Registration is required for the heroes run.

The ceremony will be held at Northpark Mall where Northpark Drive intersects with Ring Road. The run will start on Northpark Drive and follow a route returning to the mall. The fire department has partnered with the Travis Manion Foundation to host the run/walk. To register for the heroes run, go to http://www.travismanion.org/tmf_911run_race/911-heroes-run-ridgeland-ms/.

Runners and walkers of all ages and ability levels are welcome to participate. Active duty military and first responders will benefit from discounted registration fees.

The Ridgeland Fire Department is seeking sponsors through August 8. View and download the pledge form. For more information, contact Captain Todd Yelverton at Central Fire Station, 601-856-7004.

 

Ridgeland Police Department leads community school supply drive

The Ridgeland Police Department is leading a school supply drive for underprivileged students of Highland Elementary School (grades 3-5) in Ridgeland.

The goal is to provide disadvantaged students with resources such as school supplies while also meeting essential needs such as food for the weekends and holidays, toiletries and clothing. Approximately 50 students at Highland Elementary currently utilize Counselor Lillian Dozier’s “clothes closet,” where these children can discreetly obtain what they need, as long as supplies are available. These children in Ridgeland are in need of proper nutrition while away from their meal programs at school, basic necessities and school supplies.

The Ridgeland Police Department is seeking help from the community in order to meet the needs of the recipients of Ms. Dozier’s clothes closet program. Businesses, churches, organizations and citizens may provide donations of money or supplies.

What is needed?

Monetary donations, clothing items, toiletries, food and school supplies from the 2017-2018 supply list are needed. Please refer to the School Supply Checklist for specific needs. The Ridgeland Police Department has raised over $3,000 but much more is needed.

Where do I take my donations?

A donation box is located in the front lobby of the Ridgeland Police Department at 115 W. School Street. Items may be dropped off 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Donation checks may be made out to the Ridgeland Police Department and hand-delivered to the front counter.

Checks may be mailed to:

School Supply Drive

Ridgeland Police Department

P.O. Box 875

Ridgeland, MS 39158-0875

For more information, call Officer Sara Perkins Ladnier at 601-856-2121. This is a pilot program of the Ridgeland Police Department.

Ridgeland six-wheeler equipped for event and trail rescue

Pictured here is Ridgeland firefighter Antuwan Dixon with the City of Ridgeland’s newly equipped utility vehicle for trail and event medical response and rescue.

The Ridgeland Fire Department has recently equipped a six-wheeler utility-terrain vehicle for medical response calls at crowded outdoor events and along the narrow Ridgeland Multiuse Trail. With donations from local businesses, a basic vehicle was outfitted to meet the needs of medical response and rescue. Ridgeland’s UTV can enter areas where a rescue truck cannot while providing the speed of a motorized vehicle and the equipment and supplies needed for medical emergencies.

The six wheeler carries a full assortment of medical supplies, similar to the supplies found on the Ridgeland Fire Department trucks. Smaller than a truck, the UTV has the benefit of traversing all types of ground and maneuvering in small spaces while still being able to assist firefighters/EMTs in providing expert medical care. A patient can be transported safely on the vehicle with a stokes basket and backboard, and a seat adjacent to the basket allows an EMT to apply medical care while traveling to an ambulance.

“We identified a response capability gap on the multiuse trails and at community events where the fire department is on standby,” stated Nathan Bell, training officer. “A truck is just too large to be used on the trail or to travel off road in some areas, nor can it move through a crowd. Approaching on foot can translate into slower response times. Ridgeland’s UTV is the answer to meeting these particular needs.”

The City of Ridgeland owned a Polaris® six-wheeler that had been used at events, primarily to enter a crowd and identify medical needs that would then be addressed through the use of a rescue truck. Ridgeland Fire Department employees realized that if the department could equip the UTV, it could be used to respond, saving time in the case of a medical emergency. Bell began to approach local businesses with the need and found sponsors more than willing to help with either funds or in-kind donations.

Businesses and organizations that contributed include Fleet Feet Sports, Barnett’s Body Shop, Got Gear, Barksdale Cadillac, Guaranty Trust, Brown Bottling, McGraw Rental, Interstate Battery and Southern Connection. These sponsors helped the Ridgeland Fire Department purchase an EMS skid unit, stokes basket and backboard, EMS supplies, oxygen tank, IV pole, AED defibrillator, medical supplies and emergency lighting. Decals and paint helped to make the vehicle identifiable as a Ridgeland rescue vehicle.

“We greatly appreciate the generosity of our local businesses who see a need and step in to help,” said Mayor Gene McGee. “Now, thanks to these wonderful business owners and their support of the City of Ridgeland, our firefighters can respond better and faster in certain situations, resulting in safer events for the community.”

The six-wheeler made its debut at KidFest! Ridgeland in April and since then, it has been on the ready at every event in Ridgeland that has required firefighters/EMTs on standby including Magnolia Meltdown, Natchez Trace Century Ride and Pepsi Pops. “It has been used quite a bit already at community events and it has responded to four medical calls to date,” said Bell.

Ridgeland’s six-wheeler is housed at Ridgeland Fire Station 3 on Rice Road and driven by Station 3 crew members. For more information about the new vehicle, please contact Nathan Bell at Nathan.Bell@RidgelandMS.org or 601-856-3760. For further information about the City of Ridgeland, visit www.RidgelandMS.org.

 

Summer 2017 Ridgeland Life

View the Summer 2017 issue of Ridgeland Life https://issuu.com/ridgelandlife/docs/ridgelandlife_summer2017

Get the latest news from the City of Ridgeland, information about upcoming events, news from our local schools, Ridgeland Library and the Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce. On the cover is the Father-Child Fishing Tournament. It’s scheduled for June 10!

Prevent mosquito populations by removing habitats around the home

No one likes mosquitoes. That’s a fact. They bite – some of us more than others – and those bites, while itchy and uncomfortable, can lead to illness with the possibility for dangerous health consequences.

You can coat yourself in insect repellent, whether comprised of varying levels of DEET or a more natural ingredient. You can also wear long sleeves, pants and hats but that is not the most comfortable option during the hottest season of the year, which is when these pests are busiest.

Pesticides and insecticides whether applied professionally or not have been shown to help. The City of Ridgeland sprays insecticide designed to eliminate mosquitoes routinely during the summer months by driving spray trucks throughout the neighborhoods of Ridgeland. Each street is sprayed at least once per week. However, this spray is not a cure-all. It may not reach all corners of your property, especially in backyards, and if you have a mosquito infestation, there could be survivors.

We recommend that you do your best to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes by removing standing water, their required habitat.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency shares the following tips for removing mosquito habitats:

  • Eliminate standing water in rain gutters, old tires, buckets, plastic covers, toys or any other container where mosquitoes can breed.
  • Empty and change the water in bird baths, fountains, wading pools, rain barrels and potted plant trays at least once a week to destroy mosquito habitats.
  • Drain or fill temporary pools of water with soil.
  • Keep swimming pool water treated and circulating.

The last thing you want is a mosquito in your home. Check for any gaps in walls, doors and windows and make sure all window and door screens are in good working order to prevent mosquitoes from entering.

We hope that these tips help you enjoy summer with fewer mosquitoes. If you have any questions about the City of Ridgeland’s mosquito spraying program, contact the Public Works Department at 601-853-2027.

 

Fire Academy for Kids

Future firefighters ages 8-11 are invited to Fire Academy for Kids on a first come, first serve basis. This summer camp offered by the Ridgeland Fire Department will be held June 26-30, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., at Central Fire Station. Children will learn fire safety, first aid, CPR, fire extinguisher use and what it’s like to be a firefighter! Tours of emergency rescue vehicles will be included as well as the ever-popular Wet-n-Wild Wednesday. Fire Academy for Kids is free! But, only 20 spots are available. Email your child’s name, age, parent’s name, phone number and child’s shirt size to Nathan.Bell@RidgelandMS.org.

 

Driving the Ridgeland Roundabout

Does the Ridgeland roundabout have you going ‘round and ‘round? The City of Ridgeland recently published an informational brochure to get you going in the right direction. The “Driving the Ridgeland Roundabout” brochure seeks to educate you about Ridgeland’s roundabout located at the Highland Colony Parkway/Old Agency Road intersection, just west of I-55.

Roundabouts reduce traffic congestion and delays by keeping vehicles moving through an intersection around a center island. As a driver, don’t let the circular design throw you for a loop. Approach the roundabout like a traditional intersection by selecting and moving your vehicle into the correct lane well before you enter the roundabout.

If you want to continue straight, you may choose either lane. If you want to turn right, you will need to get in the right lane before you reach the roundabout. Left turns must use the left lane only, just like when driving through a traditional intersection.

Still spinning in circles? Pick up a copy of the brochure at the Ridgeland Police Department, Ridgeland City Hall or download it here. The City of Ridgeland highly recommends that you also view “How to Use a Roundabout” video produced by the Mississippi Department of Transportation. For questions, please contact the Ridgeland Police Department at 601-856-2121.

May proclaimed as Bicycle Safety Month

May has been proclaimed as Bicycle Safety Month in Ridgeland. Participating in the proclamation signing before the start of the Natchez Trace Century Ride on Saturday, May 6, from left, Melody Thortis, Executive Director, Bikewalk Mississippi; Jeremy Polk, President, Tri-County Mountain Bike Association; Gene McGee, Mayor, City of Ridgeland, seated; Lisa Thompson, Jackson Metro Cyclists; and Jayce Powell, Ridgeland Bicycling Advocate. All residents, motorists and bicyclists, are urged to respect cycling and encourage safety throughout our community. View the proclamation here >>>.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ridgeland Releases New Water Quality Report

The City of Ridgeland produces an annual report outlining the previous year’s water quality test results. The testing includes disinfection, disinfection by-products and contaminants and all results revealed safe levels. Ridgeland’s water comes from seven deep-water wells. View the Water Quality Report 2016.

Celebrate Salamander Saturday at the Parkway Information Cabin

The Natchez Trace Parkway invites visitors to join researchers, staff, and volunteers at the Parkway Information Cabin to celebrate the diversity of salamanders found in Mississippi. The event is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 6. 

Biologist Tom Mann will share his experiences and research about the Webster, spotted, and marbled salamanders that migrate seasonally across the Parkway. Park staff will be on hand to share how they monitor the salamanders and help participants discover what they can do to help protect the diversity of animals along the Parkway. Children can make a salamander refrigerator magnet to take home. 

The Foundation for the Conservation of Salamanders started this initiative to raise awareness about salamanders, their habitats and their role in the ecosystem. For more information about Salamander Saturday, visit https://www.fcsal.org/salamander-saturday.

This program is free of charge. The Parkway Information Cabin is located approximately 1 mile north of I-55 at exit 105A (Parkway milepost 102.4), or just east of the intersection of Rice Road and Highway 51. For additional information, call 601-856-7321.

About the National Park Service: More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 417 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.