Piedmont Electric Holds Community Safety Day

Pathways Elementary School
Community Safety Day was geared towards young families with children to educate them about the importance of electrical safety and emergency preparedness. The event was held at Pathways Elementary School in Hillsborough.

October 7, 2017 — Piedmont Electric held its first Community Safety Day on Saturday, October 7th at Pathways Elementary School in Hillsborough, NC. “Concern for community is one of our seven guiding principles and at Piedmont Electric we are committed to strengthening the local communities we serve, with safety as a top priority,” said President and CEO, Steve Hamlin.

Over the past four years, Piedmont Electric has loaned more than $6.8 million within Person, Durham, Alamance, Caswell and Orange counties for fire trucks, fire stations, ambulances and fire equipment. Working with these local support services provides Piedmont Electric the unique opportunity to help make our communities a safer place to live. By holding the event during National Cooperative Month, Piedmont Electric not only celebrates our unique business model but highlights the importance of community safety.

The event included electrical safety demonstrations from Pike Electric, bucket truck rides from Piedmont Electric linemen as well as participation from the local sheriff’s department, highway patrol, fire station and emergency services.

“The Community Safety Day demonstrates our commitment to emergency preparedness and making our community safer. We invited local emergency services, many who we have worked with through our REDLG loan program, to demonstrate how we are all first responders and that we are stronger and safer when we work together,” said Susan Cashion VP, Chief Compliance & Administrative Officer at Piedmont Electric.

There were more than 500 people in attendance during the safety event. Piedmont Electric hopes to continue this event annually as we continue to partner with local support services to make our communities safer.

Community Safety Day - Free Bucket Truck Ride
Our most enthusiastic attendee was 96-year old George Thompson, member of Piedmont Electric for over 40 years. George and his son Donnie had their first bucket ride with one of our lineman, Johnny Barefoot, giving a whole to new meaning to ‘bucket list.’