Erin, Tennessee (January 18, 2023) — With scarce broadband service in the area, the City of McLemoresville Volunteer Fire Department has limited communications when conducting their bi-monthly trainings. As part of a community partnership, TEC will provide Wi-Fi coverage to the Volunteer Fireman Training Hall to help increase capabilities for these first responders.
“Having access to high-speed internet will allow our department to stream training videos, participate in remote training sessions and be available for online courses and testing for individual training,” says Tom Shaw, McLemoresville Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief. These trainings vary monthly from hands on drills such as extrication exercises and truck/pump operation to classroom setting discussions for topics such as bloodborne pathogens and incident command operations.
This collaboration to provide the City of McLemoresville Volunteer Fireman Training Hall with high-speed broadband service went live January 16, 2023. This will allow the firemen to utilize streaming and online training opportunities, as well extending the opportunity for online training to other departments. This free access is part of a completed project in the McLemoresville community that provides TEC's Fast Fiber Internet to more than 100 locations, including City Hall.
"Having TEC services in McLemoresville allows many residents to have the opportunity to have affordable, high-speed internet that did not have it previously. We appreciate the work TEC has done in our community and appreciate them providing internet service to our Volunteer Fire Department. This will be a valuable tool to help them be better prepared for the critical life-saving services they provide,” says Mayor Phillip R. Williams.
“The ability for first responders to communicate and react quickly is essential to any community,” says Joey Garner, CEO of TEC. “We are thrilled to support the McLemoresville area by providing access to vital broadband technology recently installed by TEC. Our goal is to help strengthen and increase capabilities for emergency management.”
TEC provides economic stability to its local service areas, employing more than 200 people across Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Louisiana. TEC has invested in and currently maintains approximately 1,700 miles of fiber in its rural markets. For nearly a century, TEC has been a forerunner in providing telecommunications services to rural America and was the first to bring internet options to many of these markets more than 20 years ago. For more information, visit www.TEC.com or social media @TECconnects.