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Linn County Leader - Brookfield, MO
  • New County Emergency Management Director

  • Linn County has a new Emergency Management Director, and he comes to the job with years of experience on the ground providing emergency services as well as state certification as a Fire and Emergency Services Instructor.After Gary Redmon recently indicated his intention to resign as Linn County Emergency Management Direct...
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  • Linn County has a new Emergency Management Director, and he comes to the job with years of experience on the ground providing emergency services as well as state certification as a Fire and Emergency Services Instructor.
    After Gary Redmon recently indicated his intention to resign as Linn County Emergency Management Director, the Linn County Commissioners contacted Brookfield Emergency Management Director Jamie Stallo and asked him to recommend a replacement. Stallo had no reservation about suggesting longtime fellow Brookfield Firefighter and Linn County First Responder Justin Griffin. With seven years as a Brookfield Firefighter and just as many as a Linn County First Responder, Griffin has also been trained how to train those who provide emergency services, and he does so from the perspective of someone who understands the potential for chaos in a disaster situation. He also appreciates the great need for level-headed organization when things go terribly wrong. He will now coordinate with emergency response agencies throughout Linn County to develop an all-important County Emergency Operations Plan. When asked about that plan, Griffin advised, “We have one, but it needs some work, so we’re basically going back to square one.”
    He has already taken the first step by formulating the following mission statement: “To protect the citizens of Linn County through prevention, mitigation, response preparedness, and recovery strategies that maximize safety and security.”  
    The new County Emergency Management Director also possesses the familiarity with computers to work in cyberspace. In the event of a major disaster, a web-based emergency operations center will be established that could make the command post at the scene of a disaster what Griffin refers to as “a redundancy,” a real-world location that would function as an enhancement and a backup to the primary online operations center. Griffin explains, “The current physical base of operations is in the Brookfield Fire Dept. Conference Room, but once the web-based operations center is fully functional, it won’t be necessary to meet in the same room. Leaders of local emergency response agencies could get together in cyberspace and without the necessity of travel, coordinate an effective response and issue directives to emergency responders in the field.”
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