Mt. Lebanon has received a Safe Communities America designation from the National Safety Council, placing it among an elite number of United States cities dedicated to preventing injury and death.
Mt. Lebanon is one of only 30 communities in the country with this accreditation. The application, which took more than a year and a half to prepare, was underwritten by First Student Transportation. The Mt. Lebanon Police Department led the process, which involved the creation of a coalition of Mt. Lebanon agencies and groups with a strong interest in improving safety for all at work or at play, and culminated in a visit from Safe Communities site reviewers last week. Reviewers specifically cited the “Look Up Lebo!” traffic safety campaign as a strong program.
Municipal manager Keith McGill said the designation and model for continuous improvement is a natural fit for our community. He cited the first paragraph of the application as a perfect explanation why: “Mt. Lebanon prides itself on providing vanguard schools and services to all who choose to live, work, play and grow within the community. We have a history of collaboration among the residents, businesses, schools, hospital, the many municipal departments and authorities, and other organizations that make this a place where people enjoy visiting, conducting business and raising a family.”
Founding coalition members include: The Mt. Lebanon Police Department, the Mt. Lebanon Fire Department, Mt. Lebanon Public Information Office, Mt. Lebanon Public Works, the Mt. Lebanon School District, Medical Rescue Team South Authority, St. Clair Hospital, Outreach Teen & Family Services, and FirstGroup (First Student’s parent company).
The process is highly data driven; the coalition will consistently review accident, injury and death data and look for ways to improve on safety. Initially, the coalition focused on three areas for improvement: traffic and pedestrian safety, opioid abuse prevention and workplace violence prevention. Fall prevention was identified as another area the coalition seeks to initiate improvements in the future.
Representatives from National Safety Council and Safe Communities America, based in Illinois, will come to Mt. Lebanon to present the accreditation later this month. We will release details when arrangements are final.