March 2006 - Column:
Big Canoe Security Report
By John Shivers


Lanning gets “Firefighter” rating;
Security staff welcomes Bill Bates

By John Shivers

Big Canoe Security staffer Todd Lanning has returned from the Georgia Public Safety Training Center where he attended the “Georgia Basic Firefighter” training course for the month of February. He arrives back inside the gates with his NPQ1 Firefighter Certification, says Andy Beck, Interim Chief of Security.

“Congratulations, Todd, on a job well done!” Beck adds.

Beck, on behalf of the entire Security force, also extends a warm welcome to incoming Director of Public Safety, Bill Bates, who was set to assume his duties in March. “We are looking forward to working with you.”

Turkey season starts on March 25 and runs through May 15 and Beck cautions residents living on Ridgeview who like to hike on the old CC road west of Ridgeview to exercise caution. “Those who choose to hike or utilize this road in any way,” he cautions, “should wear proper clothing, just in case someone is hunting in that area.”

February Statistics

Wrecks and citations were down considerably during the shortest month of the year, as were other calls. Only one accident, involving two vehicles, and two traffic citations were logged. Both tickets went to construction workers.

No thefts or medical calls were reported, although five dog calls were received.

Four fire calls included an off-property brush fire, two gas leaks and one illegal burning.

The Main Gate issued 35 property owner decals, 3,306 guest passes and 732 construction passes. No decals were issued at all at the North Gate, where 1,990 guest passes and 3,106 construction passes were issued.

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