What’s Happening in Your State
16 Deployable–23 In Progress–11 Inactive
Colorado held two training classes with Natalie Duran on May 29th & 30th. They included a Team Leader training in Chaffee County, Salida CO and a TERT Basic at Denver 911. We welcomed 21 new TERT members and a few refreshers. We were so happy to have Natalie here to teach and encourage us. Colorado is almost to the deployable stage. We are waiting for final approval from the Colorado Department of Emergency Management. It’s been a long road, with many detours, but we are finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel.
On May 31st, Diane Russell, ENP, Colorado Co-State Coordinator retired from Arvada PD after 37 years of service in Public Safety. She began her career in Florida in 1976 where she worked with Indian River County Volunteer Ambulance Squad,. Her career path then took her to Vero Beach PD, Stuart PD, Martin Co SO and Jupiter PD. At Jupiter PD she served as an EMT, Dispatcher and Reserve Police Officer. After accomplishing a life long dream of living in Colorado, she retired from Arvada PD with 24 years of service, the last 12 as a Communications Supervisor.
Diane’s retirement future is really just a reroute to another career. She owns her own awards and engraving business and will be concentrating on growing her business. She will also be training and showing her Shetland Ponies with her husband and huge supporter, Kevin. Diane will continue her involvement with the Jefferson County and Arvada Incident Management Teams and as Colorado TERT Co-State Coordinator with Cozett Davis of Grand Junction Regional Communications.
The TERT Team Leader class was hosted y NE Regional Coordinator on May 6th at Marion County SO.
Natalie Duran Just finished doing a great class in Jacksonville, Forida on June 5th. Jacksonville is in a unique position due to the fact that they will be able to render aid to their neighboring agencies in the Panhandle area and cross over to GA as well. More training coming up that way this year.
We’re about to enter the peak of the hurricane season. Any day now, your’re going to turn on the T.V. and see a weather person pointing to some radar blob out in the Gulf of Mexico and making two basic meteorological points:
1. There is no need to panic.
2. We could all be impacted.
Yes, hurricane season is an exciting time to be in Florida. If you’re new to the area, you’re probably wondering what you need to do to prepare for the possibility that we’ll get hit by “the big one.” Based on our experiences, we recommend that you follow this simple three-step hurricane preparedness plan:
At the January NHEDA/TERT meeting Jon Goldman, Greg Putnam, Andy Artimovich, and Tom O’Connor were selected as the committee for the second annual NHTERT Mobile Command Post Rally. After meeting in February it was discovered that last year’s location at PSTC was unavailable. The committee was on the lookout for a location that would allow for the expanded rally they were hoping for this year.
After researching locations, Pease Air National Guard Base came up on the radar. After a site visit and meeting with the “XO” (Executive Officer,) Greg Putnam and Jon Goldman thought this would be an ideal location. The committee members began soliciting past attendees as well as making new contacts for units to attend the rally.
The day of the rally was finally upon us. Many NHTERT members showed up early to help set up and get vehicles in place as they arrived. Keith Veale became the honorary staging person, and began marshaling vehicles into place as they arrived.
There was a tremendous amount of activity on base, it was “Base Clean Up Day” and the NHANG was hosting a “Make A Wish” child the same day. The NHANG had placed a large refueling plane for the “Make A Wish” child and his family, right next to the NHTERT rally. They invited all of the NHTERT attendees to tour the plane, which was fun and exciting.
Once again this year, the Derry Salvation Army Rehab unit responded to our call, providing pastries and coffee for breakfast as well as a cookout for lunch. As with the NHEDA Conference, if you left the TERT rally hungry, even with all the food that was provided, something had to be wrong.
This year’s rally brought in some new and interesting vehicles. The FEMA MERS (Mobile Emergency Response Detachment) out of Maynard MA, were very strong supporters this year with a total of five different units attending. We also saw participation from Verizon Wireless with a CROW (Cellular Repeater On Wheels) which is very different from a COW (Cell on Wheels).
The rally was supported by 2-Way Communications, Nomad GCS and Exacom. Exacom has always supported NHEDA and NHTERT, this year was no exception. They paid for the NHTERT team shirts, as well as lanyards for the ID badges. Exacom was very grateful for the opportunity to not only support NHTERT, but to also have a table set up and network with dispatchers and other personnel who were in attendance.
The 2013 NHTERT Mobile Command Post Rally was very successful this year with a total of 24 out of 26 registered vehicles attending, and 89 out of 113 registered attendees checking in at the “Command Post.”
Deployment Awareness and Team Leader training sessions were conducted in Orange County and Lewis County on May 2013 and June 2013 respectively. With the completion of these four classes, NY-TERT added 32 newly certified Deployment Awareness personnel and Team Leader personnel to the NY-TERT team. All of the classes were scheduled and instructed by D. Jeremy DeMar, RPL, ENP, Monroe County 911 Supervisor and New York State Deputy TERT Coordinator.
Currently, the only classes scheduled for the remainder of 2013 are in New York City; sponsored by FDNY. Those dates are: Deployment Awareness (Basic) – October 1st and 3rd; Team Leader – October 2nd and 4th. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to register for any of the classes or for more information. As always, training is being provided FREE OF CHARGE to staff members of NYS bases PSAP’s and Emergency Communications Centers.
New York State TERT Coordinator John Merklinger, ENP and New York State Deputy TERT Coordinator D. Jeremy DeMar, RPL, ENP continue to work on the Memorandum of Agreement that will bring New York State to fully deployable status. The plan is to have this process completed by the end of 2013.
For the most up to date information on anything NY-TERT, please visit the NY-TERT blog at “nytert.blogspot.com” or the NY-TERT Facebook page at “facebook.com/nytert”
We have two new TERT teams formed as of May 1st, and have been giving them a real workout as they master the fine art of tactical response. Team 1 facilitated communications for the US Pro Cycling National Championships over Memorial Day weekend – sponsored by Volkswagen – and Team 2 is currently handling communications for our annual 9-day music festival that brings as many as 80,000 people to the riverfront each night for national headliners. These teams are learning key aspects of a TERT deployment, such as flexibility in your work assignment or environment, operating with unfamiliar equipment, completing ICS forms and proper documentation, communicating with field responders in administrative capacities, and incident management.