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911 Staff Attend “Incident Command System” Course

Twelve management and supervisory personnel from the Lackawanna County 911 Center attended a two-day Incident Command System 400 (ICS) class in early April at the Jessup facility to learn the latest methods and procedures for handling major crisis situations.

The course, which is part of the National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) National Standard Curriculum, was designed to: introduce emergency management personnel to the special challenges major incidents pose; describe the circumstances in which an area command is established; and outline the circumstances for establishing multiagency coordination systems.

The content of the six unit training program featured: a general overview; fundamentals for command and general staff; major and/or complex incident/event management; area command; multiagency coordination; and a closing summary.

The staff members in attendance were: Emergency Services Director David Hahn, Deputy 911 Director John Lewis, Deputy EMA Director Rich Barbolish, and Quality & Assurance Manager Al Kearney.

The 911 Supervisors who participated in the seminars included:  Mark Tagliaterra, John Wildman, Thomas Taylor, Mike Kelechowa, Patrick Gillott, Wesley Jones, Alan Wright, and Charles Saxe.