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Locals learn NIMS program

Updated: Tuesday, January 28 2014, 09:32 PM EST

The special training course “NIMS” stand for National Incident Management System.

Brooke County EMA Director Bob Fowler explains that NIMS really took off after Sept. 11, 2001.

He said that tragedy put the icing on the cake, where organizations were not working well together.

“When we use NIMS the most is when we have a flood in the magnitude we had a few years ago; it wiped out short creek down here, 9 inches of rain if you're not familiar with that; it wiped out most roads,” said Fowler.

Fowler says every county, agency and fire department in the entire northern panhandle for the most part was involved in that massive flood we had a few years ago.

He explains to the class today that it was major incident that was an example of how crucial it is for emergency officials to work together as a team.

Fowler said it is vital to have someone appointed as an incident commander so you’re not listening to multiple commands from multiple people.

The four most important people to have in charge in emergency situations are the incident commander, public information officer, liaison officer and safety officer.

The NIMS class was held at West Liberty University and Maureen Zambito said it’s offered to various organizations so that you can maintain what FEMA suggests for incidents that might occur.

"It gives us national incident management system training, which we want to do for our student safety and for our staff safety,” said Zambito.

She said they have a critical incident response team at the university that attended class because they want to stay on top of the latest skills.

Locals learn NIMS program

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