National Joint TERT Initiative

Issue: 16
December 2013
In This Issue of NJTI

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Nov. 14-15

Mission Statement

TERT Documents


Congrats to the new NJTI-TERT
Committee Members!

Cory Ahrens, WA
Brianna Fields, AR
Lisa Fulton, TN
Elizabeth Pierson, MO

Deployment Testimonials




I would start by saying it was a great deployment and a great learning experience in many aspects: to learn from how other centers operate and to be able to learn from those we were deployed with. 


John Paffie

Emergency Services Dispatcher

Broome County Office of Emergency Services.

Motivational Corner



If Only You Could
If your eyes could see what my ears have heard.
You would weep like me.

If your eyes could see what my ears have heard.
You would spend countless hours in your bed starring at the ceiling.

If your eyes could see what my ears have heard.
Then you would cry for the woman who is losing her husband of decades.

If your eyes could see what my ears have heard.
You would know that gunfire is always near.

If your eyes could see what my ears have heard.
That house fire would not be so spectacular.
If your eyes could see what my ears have heard
The lost child would be like one of your own.

If your eyes could see what my ears have heard
That traffic stop would not be so routine.

If your eyes could see what my ears have heard
You would understand
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Christine Burke
Jim Tanner
Yolanda Callaway
Brianna Fields
Lena Gribb
Michele Blais
Violet Anderson
Cozett Davis
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Lisa Fulton
Linda Davis
Jesse Creech
Brianna Fields
D. Jeremy Demar
Diane Pickering
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Lynnette Doyal
Brian Burgamy
Linda Davis
Kimberly Burdick
Cory James
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Kimberly Burdick
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Brian Burgamy
Lisa Fulton
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Portsmouth Oil Spill Response Work Group Drill

Submitted by Cecily McNair NH-TERT East Coordinator


On October 22, 2013 2 members of NH-TERT-East took part in a drill that simulated a railroad train derailment in Dover, NH. This particular train was carrying crude oil from the Bakken Formation in ND, destined for Port of Portland, ME and ultimately New Brunswick Canada. The train supposedly derailed as it crossed the Cocheco River in Dover, NH, sending 17 cars full of crude oil into the river. The simulated spill migrated downstream and affected the Great Bay the Piscatiqua River and Portsmouth (NH) Harbor. The Piscatiqua River hosts the major propane processing and storage facilities for New England and has some of the strongest maritime currents in an Atlantic port.


Member Tom O’Connor has been working closely with the Portsmouth Oil Spill Response Work Group and assists them with training radio operators. Training began 1 month prior to the drill with a mandatory training that gave us an overview of Incident and Command, a familiarization of the area with maps and aerial Photographs, and an explanation of the differences in Public Safety and Marine radio procedures and definitions.


Communicators are all volunteers and are called “Communications Watch Standers”. The Watch Stander group, about 20 people, consisted of members of the public, former Navy and Coast Guard communications personnel, local fire command staff, and two TERT Members, (Tom O’Connor and Cecily McNair).The weekend before the drill there were 2 optional four hour hands on training classes offered. Both classes were well attended.


On the morning of the drill, approximately 150-175 people, representing environmental cleanup organizations, officials from the Maine and New Hampshire environmental agencies, USEPA, US Coast Guard, Pan Am Railways, local fire departments, NOAA, US Navy, US Dept. of Transportation, and the Federal Railroad Administration responded to the NH Department of Environmental Services Building, at the Pease Trade port in Newington, NH. This building houses the NH-DES Incident Command Post (ICP).


We received our credentials and reported to the radio room to begin our work.We each received an assignment, Radio Operator, Transcriber, Telephone Operator, 3 Runners, and a Communications Room Supervisor and the 20 of us traded off during the course of the drill so that we each person got to do every job.


Marine Radio language is plain speak and uses anachronisms that are much different from what we use in Public Safety.   We were referring to POB (persons on board), using buoys, coves, inlets and points (Dover Point, Hilton Point) etc. as location markers instead of streets and house numbers. Hailing a boat is done differently than we call our units.   An example: “Sea-Hag, Sea-Hag, Sea-Hag, this is DES Radio prepare to copy a message”. The response would be “DES Radio, DES Radio, DES Radio, this is the Sea-Hag, go ahead with your message”. It takes much longer to get messages out than (I) we are used to. However we were using familiar terminology like Work Groups, Task Force, Command, Logistics, Planning, etc. that we use in ICS.



The exercise had four major objectives:

1. Test the region’s spill partners’ ability to stand up an Incident Command System structure for a large oil spill in a timely fashion.

2. Establish realistic oil spill expectations for a large crude oil spill resulting from a railroad incident.

3. Test internal and external communications, between all response organizations, Command Posts, and Emergency operations centers.

4. Exercise the region’s ability to respond to a large oil spill resulting from a railroad incident.


The drill began at 0845 and ended at 1400.   At the critique at the end of the day several State and Federal officials commented on what a great job was done by the communications division. It was a great experience and everyone learned many new things.


NH-TERT Members take advantage of every opportunity for training and experience. We encourage all TERT Members to do the same. Diverse training and experience helps us be ready for any kind of TERT call out.

If you would like to contact NH TERT you may do so at:





Request for Testimonials

Have you participated in a TERT Deployment? Send a brief Testimonial, to be featured in one of the monthly newsletters to 

What’s Happening in Your State 

18 Deployable21 In Progress–11 Inactive
New Hampshire




The NHTERT Board of Directors elected and appointed their Chairman, State, Regional Coordinators and Deputy Regional Coordinators for two year terms at the June meeting:


NHTERT Chairman 2013-2014: Chief Phil Tirrell, Southwest Fire.

NHTERT State Coordinator: Tom Andross, Grafton County.  


North Region:

Coordinator: Supervisor Tony Stiles, Grafton County.

Deputy: Dispatcher Michael Weden, Grafton County.


East Region:

Coordinator: Deputy Chief Joe Sangermano, Southwest Fire.

Deputy: Lt. Kevin Kennedy, Southwest Fire.


Elected at Annual Meeting in April:

Secretary/Treasurer: Bonnie Johnson, Southwest Fire.

Directors: Dispatcher Nikki Wheeler, Belmont Police.

 Dispatcher Thayer Paronto, Grafton County.



New York



NY-TERT welcomes the following new team members to our family:

Scott Johnson- Steuben County 911

Patricia Wagner- Wyoming County 911

Carole Cunningham- Wyoming County 911

Michelle Serra- Allegany County 911

Neal Green- Allegany County 911

David Helmer JR- Allegany County 911

Ashley Thompson- Allegany County 911

Brandon Egresi- Allegany County 911

Jeff Ormsby- Allegany County 911

Jaime Davis- Allegany County 911







All of these individuals completed TERT Deployment Awareness and/or TERT Team Leader on November 14th and 15th in Allegany County New York, hosted by the Allegany County 911 Center. Congratulations on your certification and welcome!

D. Jeremy DeMar, RPL, ENP, COML

New York State Deputy TERT Coordinator

Training Schedule
Upcoming Training

Subject: National Disaster Recovery Framework Overview IS-2900:

Click here for FEMA training


5 Minute Training


Team Leader Roles in the Deployment Process


The TERT team leader is ultimately responsible for the management and safety of all TERT team members, as well as the team members’ performance in the deployment area. This responsibility may vary considerably depending on the deployment phase. The following table provides a brief illustration of the different job responsibilities of team leaders by phase:



Click here for Phases 


This table only represents a summary of team leader roles and responsibilities. Each phase of deployment contains a significant amount of sub-roles/responsibilities that are quite dependent on the nature of the deployment. For example, a deployment a short distance (less than 100 miles) to provide support to a PSAP that experienced little damage would be quite different than a deployment a long distance and using several modes of transportation to an area that experienced total devastation to a PSAP. While the roles and responsibilities of team members may vary, the MRTD guidelines were designed to assist team leaders in the deployment process by providing a standardized set of recommendations in the deployment process.




Team Leader Testimony:


TX-TERT Team Leader, Roxanna Johnson home base Frisco Police Department:

This deployment went from worst case scenario, to truly one of the best experiences I have ever had.  There were challenges in the beginning, but friendships were forged and life-long relationships were established.  I was astounded that those with the best attitudes had lost everything in the hurricane.

I could not be prouder of those that I served with.  My team was beyond dedicated and took initiative to self-teach themselves the other agency’s CAD and phone system. They maintained a positive attitude and kept pushing through when the going got tough. 



This deployment really made me appreciate….

 the agency I work for and the software/equipment I have in Frisco.  I was fortunate enough to share some of the programs we utilize with those St John Parish.  I can only hope that I positively impacted them, as much as they did me.