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OEM Launches “Why I Serve!” Campaign

Joseph Pleasant; Public Information Officer

Video project will highlight volunteers who work in specialized operations for OEM

The Nashville Office Of Emergency management is shining the spotlight on members of the Emergency Support Unit who donate thousands of hours each year to the people of Davidson County.

The Emergency Support Unit (ESU) was established in 1951 as an organization of non-paid professionals who commit their time and talent to many Metro departments, such as Police, Fire and Public Works on a wide range of projects. Those projects also include deployments to disaster areas to aid state and federal recovery efforts.

ESU members are members of our K-9 Search and Rescue Operations, Search and Recovery Dive Team, Sonar Operations Team, Swift Water Team, Severe Weather Response, Disaster and Support and Special Events.

The “Why I Serve!” campaign will focus on one of our ESU members a month. The member will share their specialized skills, what they do in their professional lives and why they chose to serve the people of Davidson County.

“A big misconception is Metro Nashville Government pays our ESU members for the work they do for OEM,” Nashville Fire and OEM Director Chief William Swann said. “They donate thousands of hours working for OEM and even more time training to keep their certifications valid.”

In 2018, ESU members donated more than 50,000 hours of service collectively.

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