Responding to a large-scale terrorist event is not only a horrific reality in our society but requires extensive communication, coordination, and training throughout all emergency response organizations. With Lincoln County, Missouri, belonging to the metropolitan statistical area of St. Louis, multidisciplinary terrorism plans are developed and practiced. Seven Emergency Responders from Lincoln County recently completed the Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings (IRTB) training offered at New Mexico Tech.
These individuals include Sheriff John Cottle, LT Andy Binder, and LT Brian Wideman from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office; Emma Epplin, Emergency Planner, and Mende Kemper RN, Emergency Planner Training Coordinator, from the Lincoln County Health Department; Dennis Carver, Safety and Security Director, and Mike Dach RN, Emergency Room Director from the Lincoln County Medical Center. Mike Dach is also a Volunteer Firefighter for the Lincoln County Fire Protection District #1.
The IRTB course is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), a division of the United States Department of Homeland Security.
New Mexico Tech develops and delivers advanced training for first responders who will be responding to incidents that are involved with explosives. This course prepares emergency responders to react effectively and apply the countermeasures practiced at training to future situations involving explosives. Training at the New Mexico Tech campus is federally funded at no cost to state, local, and tribal emergency response professionals or their agency.
“The advanced hands-on training enables responders to effectively prevent, respond to, and recover from real-world incidents involving acts of terrorism and other hazardous materials,” said Sheriff Cottle. “Prevention of injury and loss of life is the main priority.”
As with all emergency responders, training to develop the critical skills and confidence to respond effectively to local incidents or terrorism events cannot be overemphasized. Planning and protecting of life and property within Lincoln County requires preparation and is at utmost importance.