Sunny And Nice Weekend Continues

September 26, 2021

Here is your official North Escambia area forecast:

Tonight: Clear, with a low around 56. North wind around 5 mph.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 83. Northeast wind around 5 mph.

Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 60. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 85. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 63. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.

Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 66.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 86.

Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 65.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 84.

Act Of Kindness: No One, Not Even The Resource Officer, Should Eat Lunch Alone

September 26, 2021

Randall Gulley is the new school resource officer at Flomaton Elementary and Flomaton High School.

The new guy was eating alone recently in the lunchroom when second grader Alexis White thought he looked, well, lonely. And no one should be lonely in a school lunchroom.

Alexis picked up her tray and joined Officer Gulley so he’d have a friend as he ate his lunch.

“Thank you, Alexis, for showing kindness and thank you, Officer Gulley for helping to keep our schools safe,” Flomaton Elementary said in a social media post.

The school resource officer program in Escambia County, Alabama, is under the Escambia County (AL) Sheriff’s Office. And Sheriff Heath Jackson took notice.

“This right here shows kindness, love, professionalism, and what our Resource Deputy Program is all about. Our Resource Deputies have a new friend for life and plan to gain many more,” Jackson said.

Escambia Rolls New EMS SUVs With ‘Howler’ Sirens

September 26, 2021

Escambia County has five new EMS SUVs with several new safety features, including “Howler” sirens.

“The Whelen Howler is an emergency warning device that emits low frequency tones, especially for intersections and high risk areas,” said Escambia County EMS Chief David Torsell III. “The Howler runs in sync with the primary siren, allowing the lower frequency reverberating tones from the Howler to better penetrate other vehicles, alerting drivers to the presence of the oncoming emergency vehicle. In essence, it creates a small vibration that many drivers can detect easier than the high frequency tones of standard emergency sirens.”

The SUVs also use radar sensors in a blind spot information system to detect vehicles that enter the driver’s blind spot.

The five SUVs will be used during both the day shift and night shift. The trucks will be assigned to the EMS chief, EMS deputy chief, day supervisors and night supervisors. One SUV will be shared by the Escambia County Public Safety administrative supervisors.

The new fleet of Ford Expedition SUVs will allow the older SUVs with less mileage to be cycled through other positions throughout Escambia County EMS. This process reduces the possibility of these vehicles being out of service for mechanical repair, especially for long periods, and allows for EMS to maximize the availability of the SUV units by maintaining more vehicles on the road for any given time period, according to Escambia County.

“These SUVs are emergency EMS vehicles with paramedics on board,” said Torsell. “Please be aware that these vehicles, when needed, will be traveling to emergency calls and the same process for yielding to emergency vehicles applies.”

Pictured: One of five new Escambia County EMS vehicles. Pictured below: EMS Chief David Torsell III washing one of the new EMS SUVs.