Visit Woodbury Public Safety Dept.

Today I had an informative and interesting visit to the Woodbury Public Safety Dept.

Learning about Public Safety was the topic of the second session of the 10-week Woodbury Citizens’ Academy, a  program offered by the Woodbury Community Foundation.

Woodbury Public Safety director Lee Vague welcomed everyone and gave an introduction of the Department.

The unique thing about the Woodbury Public Safety Dept. is that our Police, Fire and EMS are all under one roof. As one organization they work closely together. We have some police officers who are also paramedics or firefighters.

According to the City of Woodbury web site, currently the Police Department has 62 sworn officers and 17 civilian employees that include community service officers and support services personnel. In addition, there are approximately 30 volunteers who participate in the Reserve, Explorer and Park Patrol programs.

The Fire Department has three full-time fire chief officers, one part-time chief officer, a full-time fire inspector, nine full-time firefighters, support staff and 85-plus on-call firefighter/EMTs.

Woodbury Public Safety Dept. is well supported by the community. We have the Woodbury Public Safety Board, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote crime prevention and public safety by supporting the Woodbury Public Safety Dept.

I had the opportunity to check out the police cars, fire trucks and ambulances, to watch demos of how to save lives, to try my hands on a gun and a fire distinguisher.

The tour of the Public Safety Dept. with demos and hands-on was fun.

I got to ask some questions and learn something new.

All the guys who were present to do the presentations and demos and to help with the tour were really nice and great to talk to. I was very impressed by them. They are proud to serve the community and to do the job well.

I want to thank them all for their dedication and service.

I feel safer now knowing that we have a well run Public Safety Dept. with well trained police officers, fire fighters and paramedics who can respond to emergencies quicker than in most others communities.

2 Responses

  1. Tom Gellerman

    Lee Vague’s dad, Leroy Vague, used to work at Mn/DOT in the Rail office, Railroad Administration, under Bob Swanson. Leroy was a project manager and was instrumental in the railroad relocation project in Duluth, to get the railroads to move over for I 35 construction that went through Dulth, close to the shoreline. Leroy also writes country western songs. Lee has been known to sing some of these songs.

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