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Linn County Leader - Brookfield, MO
  • Griffin Receives Homeland Security Training

  • Linn County Emergency Management Director Justin N. Griffin, who is also the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) Chair and serves on the Brookfield Fire Dept., recently completed training offered by the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), in Anniston, Ala. The CDP is operated by the United States Department of Homel...
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  • Linn County Emergency Management Director Justin N. Griffin, who is also the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) Chair and serves on the Brookfield Fire Dept., recently completed training offered by the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), in Anniston, Ala. The CDP is operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, and is the only federally-chartered Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) training facility in the nation.
    Griffin reflected on how his training in Alabama will benefit Linn County, Missouri: “In Linn County we focus our Emergency Management plan on seasonal threats such as tornadoes and snow storms. What people don’t usually see is the work we put into planning for year-round threats such as Hazmat (hazardous materials) incidents. Hazmat releases, while less likely than seasonal threats, have the potential to be a very dangerous and widespread problem. Emergency Management, The Local Emergency Planning Commitee, as well as all emergency response entities in the county, participate in exercises and training to address this potential problem. This class was a major step towards that preparedness goal. During this class we trained on the most advanced simulators available using real world Hazmat detection and spill repair technology. The instructors at the CDP are leaders in their field most of them having 20 plus years of experience. Some of the excersises included live material such as gamma ray radiological material. Burnie [Hicks], Teddy [Thudium], and I really enjoyed the advanced training and will be continuing the progress we are making in this field by encouraging other responders in the community to participate in CDP classes and by organizing Hazmat classes in Linn County through the Missouri Emergency Response Commision as well as through the Brookfield Fire Department.”
    The CDP develops and delivers advanced training for emergency response providers, emergency managers, and other government officials state, local and tribal governments. The CDP offers more than 40 training courses focusing on incident management, mass casualty response, and emergency response to a catastrophic natural disaster or terrorist act. Training at the CDP campus is federally funded at no cost to state, local, and tribal emergency response professionals or their agency.

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