Dallas County EMA retiring after 11 years

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 12, 2004

Floyd Harris is hanging up his hat after 11 years with the Dallas County Emergency Management Agency.

Harris, emergency management assistant, will leave his office in the basement of the Dallas County Courthouse Annex on April 2. He cited personal and health reasons as reasons for retiring.

Over the past 11 years Harris has participated in the county’s Local Emergency Planning Committee. He also developed a 12-hour push pack for the EMA.

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A push pack is a system of handing a chemical or biological event. In case of an event, Selma and Dallas County would be able to get medicine within 12 hours. &uot;We’d bring it in to sites across the city and county for distribution,&uot; Harris said. &uot;The question is, where do you send 40,000 people to get medicine and how do they do it? We’ve got the plan set up.&uot;

During his tenure at the EMA Harris has spoken to city schools about weather and disasters as well as worked with Howard on hazardous materials unit exercises.

After retiring, Harris said he would focus on getting a monument for law enforcement and fire fighters erected at Memorial Stadium. He currently serves on a committee of law enforcement officers and relatives of people who have died in the line of duty.

According to Harris, two Selma Police Department officers, two Dallas County Sheriff’s Department deputies, an Alabama State trooper and four fire fighters have died in the line of duty in the past 100 years. &uot;We are waiting on the city for approval,&uot; Harris said. &uot;We’ve lost these guys. They need to be honored.&uot;

Harris plans on appearing before the Selma City Council in the next few months to discuss the monument.

Harris worked as a fire department dispatcher for 25 years before leaving in March 1993. He started working with the EMA as a volunteer in August 1992.

Harris is the father of two &045;Robert, 20, and Constance, 22. He’ll become a grandfather in August.