Deadline approaches for new emergency management certification
by Eric Snyder -- esnyder@cadizrecord.com
Sep 28, 2005 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With a federally mandated deadline of Oct. 1 fast approaching, about thirty of Trigg County’s first responders, mostly volunteer firefighters, convened at the Trigg County High School to become NIMS certified Thursday, Sept. 22.

NIMS, or national incident management system, was developed by the Department of Homeland Security after a February 2003 directive from President Bush, and is designed to facilitate cooperation between agencies and communities when responding to a disaster.

Communities without 100 percent of their emergency personnel, in addition to community leaders like judge-executives and mayors, certified as NIMS-trained by Oct. 1 will not be allowed to seek Federal preparedness grants to augment their emergency services.

It is a scenario Trigg County may be facing.

“There should have been more people here tonight,” said Randy Wade, Trigg County Emergency Director.

Though Wade couldn’t say how many of Trigg County’s first responders had become NIMS-certified, he said he’d hand delivered written invitations for Thursday’s lecture and exam to many who did not subsequently show up.

“As far as we know,” Wade said, missing the Oct. 1 deadline would mean emergency responders would not be entitled to any grant money for the foreseeable future.

The federal government is offering the certification exam on the Internet (http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/is/is700.asp), though Wade suggested anyone still needing to take the exam study up before taking it.

Wade took the test blind on his first attempt a year ago, as a sort of study aid, and did not pass.

Those who attended Thursday’s lecture by Lori King, a Kentucky Public Health & Bio-Terrorism Educator for Region 1, were allowed to follow the lecture with the aid of a 23-page computer print-out.

When King came to something that would be on the exam, she would point it out so participants could mark it on their notes, which they could then use on their exam.

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