RENO, NV - Training is a constant priority for emergency responders, so when the time to act comes everyone knows the chain of command. Thursday they put the focus on what to do when working with outside agencies. "It helps us become better because it gives us an opportunity in a non emergency environment to share plans, to work on communication skills, even understand our partners and their different needs," says Washoe County Emergency Manager Aaron Kenneston,
Inside the Washoe County Emergency Operations Center managers from local EMS, fire departments, law enforcement, public works and the private sector learned how to better help each other do their jobs. They point to the Washoe Drive Fire, in April 2012, as a successful effort in working together. Each agency with a different task, but the same goal. In the classroom setting representatives get a chance to review what worked, what didn't, and what to try in the future.
The training is funded through a grant from FEMA, and organizers are still looking for citizen volunteers to help out through the CERT program. Two training academies will begin in June. It's free to attend, and participation does not require you to become a volunteer. For more information, check out the link below.