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Congratulations Lieutenant Dave Cooper,
PWC’s December Employee of the Month
he Fire Marshal's Office has been utilizing an old small metal bunker to store potentially hazardous evidence. The bunker is located next to the Manassas office building in the middle of downtown Manassas. Not only did the bunker not meet the needs of the organization, but the location did not meet the requirements of the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code.
s own accord, Dave initiated contact with Tom Ashbaugh, a blasting supervisor with William A. Hazel, to inquire about a large underutilized explosive bunker that he saw at one of their locations. After explaining the needs of our office, he was able to secure the bunker as a donation to the County.
Next, Dave identified a secure location for the bunker at the Public Safety Training Center (PSTC) that met all of the requirements of the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code. The site required preparation to include grading and vehicle access which he arranged. He relocated the bunker from its previous location at William A. Hazel to the PSTC. After its arrival, Dave brought his own tools from home and designed, built and installed shelves necessary to organize submitted evidence. Additionally, he installed the hazardous materials placards and painted the exterior with a silver metallic paint to reflect the sun and minimize the internal temperatures of the bunker.
Dave’s commitment to the improvement of the organization significantly enhanced the resources of FMO allowing the Department to better preserve and protect critical evidence and saved the County over $10,000.
Dave’s actions exemplify the County and Department's visions and values with his efforts being
emblematic of the Department's unity and ultimate performance values, and the County's vision of excellence and creativity of finding better ways to do the right thing for the customer and community every time. Thank you for your hard work and dedication.
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