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Norfolk County Sheriff holds emergency preparedness seminar

Posted by Natalie Feulner  November 29, 2011 10:00 AM

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The Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office recently hosted emergency preparedness specialists from around the state for an incident command training seminar.

The seminar, held at the Norfolk County Correctional Center in Dedham, was run by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and sought to train participants in how to manage major public safety emergencies. Examples of incidents included large chemical spills, explosions, floods, and hurricanes.

Participants included representatives from the Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office and employees of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Sheriff Michael Bellotti said the seminar was a good way to increase preparedness in an effort to keep public officials and officers safe and out of “potentially dangerous situations.”

“We were very happy to host the seminar and to assist MEMA in any way,” he said. “We hope we don’t have to put these plans into practice, but if we do, we are confident we will be operating under the best training available.”

According to a news release about the event, during the three-day workshop, participants learned how to mobilize resources in response to major incidents. They were also taught how to establish temporary command centers with multiple agencies.

The classes included hypothetical situations and participants worked through various response protocols.

Natalie Feulner can be reached at natalie.feulner@gmail.com.

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