Representatives from Amicalola Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) stopped by Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services on Monday morning at fire headquarters.
Amicalola EMC Chief Executive Officer, Todd Payne, and EMC Board Members, John Bennett and Travis Cline, presented the check in the amount of $7,000 to Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather. The money from the EMC is collected each month from their Operation Round-Up program. Each month, Amicalola EMC “round ups” the electric bill of participating members to the next highest dollar. Since the program began in 1999, the electric cooperative has been able to donate $2.3 million dollars to individuals and charitable organizations within their service area.
Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather, stated that the funds will go into the Fire Explorer Program. The explorer program is a career-based learning opportunity and is open to young men and women ages 14 (and completed the 8th grade) and not yet 21 years old with an interest in learning more about careers in the field of fire & emergency services. “The primary goals of the program are to help young adults choose a career path within fire and emergency services and to challenge them to become responsible citizens of their communities and country,” stated Prather.
Amicalola EMC has always been a supporter of the local fire departments in Cherokee County and have donated thousands of dollars to the fire stations in their service area when the stations were operated by volunteers.