By Thursday, August 31, five TX-TERT teams had deployed to assist with 9-1-1 dispatch relief in Texas. Read the updates:
Submitted by Jason Smith, ENP, Texas TERT State Coordinator
The first TX-TERT team to deploy included two team leaders and four team members who departed from Arlington, TX, at 1530 hours on August 28, 2017, en route to Aransas Public Safety Communications in Rockport, TX. The team of six will assist communications staff at the PSAP for seven days.
Deployed team information:
Team Leader: Jennifer Veber, North Richland Hills PD
Team Leader: Ayanna Barnes, Highland Park DPS
Team Member: Chassidy Osman, North Richland Hills PD
Team Member: Christine Thompson, Midlothian PD
Team Member: Nathan Alvarez, Midlothian PD
Team Member: Leslie Weinrich, Southwest Regional Communications Center
There is still the strong possibility that 13 TX TERT members will be requested to assist four PSAPs within the next 24-36 hours. There is also a possibility that the City of Richmond (southeast of Houston) could request TERT assistance in the near future.
More information and photos are available on the TX TERT Facebook and Twitter pages.
The National Joint TERT Initiative, LLC (NJTI, LLC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Nancy Dzoba (FL) to the NJTI, LLC National Committee. Ms. Dzoba will be filling a committee position left vacant following the appointment of Cory Ahrens (WA) to committee co-chair in 2016. Ms. Dzoba’s appointment is effective immediately with a service term ending December 31, 2018.
Ms. Dzoba retired from the City of Ft. Lauderdale after 31 years of service (1976- 2007). She began her career as a telecommunicator, advancing to Senior Telecommunicator and was promoted to the City’s Public Safety Communications Manager in 1995.
Ms. Dzoba is an active member of the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) and served as Florida’s Chapter President and Executive Council Representative. While on the Florida Board of Officers, she worked to develop the Florida member’s assistance program. Developed after Hurricane Andrew in 1992, the program provides mutual aid assistance to communications centers. She received the APCO Life Member Award in 2005. In 2007 she was recognized by the National Number Association (NENA) as an Emergency Number Professional (ENP).
The National Joint TERT Initiative, LLC has an immediate opening for a national committee member. The appointee would serve the remainder of the 2017 committee term which ends December 31, 2017. Consideration for appointment to subsequent terms is discretionary on the part of the appointee, NJTI, LLC co-chairs, and NJTI, LLC co-managers.
Interested parties should submit a resume and at least a paragraph detailing their interest in this vital mutual aid program for 9-1-1. Submissions should be sent via e-mail in PDF format to the two national co-chairs at cAhrens@cjtc.state.wa.us and firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2017.
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It’s difficult for me to put into words my feelings about Sherry’s departure. Sherry and I have been discussing succession planning for the initiative for some time; however the initial plan didn’t include a departure for either of us this year (and certainly not prior to the end of the year). Sherry’s decision was her own (trust me, I tried to talk her out of it), and I completely understand why she chose to leave at this time. I congratulate Sherry on her promotion, I know she’ll do well in her new assignment, and I know she’ll be an asset to the organization, both in the work she’s been asked to do and in whatever direction her new position takes her in the months and years to come.