HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Cadets at a Camp Shelby police academy spent some time Wednesday learning how to protect themselves, as well as the public, from downed power lines and other situations involving electric power. About two dozen cadets in Class 2015-01 of the Southern Regional Public Safety Institute got some life-saving lessons from Mississippi Power Company.
It was part of its Safety City program. It included steps first responders can take to avoid being injured or killed by power lines.
"A lot of times when officers respond to accidents that involve downed power poles, an officer is not thinking all the time about the wires laying around, but they should be," said Capt. Todd Stewart, director of the Southern Regional Public Safety Institute.
"Some people think that their rubber-soled tennis shoes will protect them around electricity. They will not," said Stephen Ford, manager of corporate security and risk management for Mississippi Power Company. "So, we want to dispel any of those myths and give these public safety folks the best information, so they know what they can and can't do," he said.
Class 2015-01 is scheduled to graduate in March. The Institute hosts four training academies each year.