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Emergency Services task force vital cooperation spanning 12 years

Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 at 9:39 am

This month marks the 12-year anniversary of the Lincoln County Emergency Services Task Force.  Organized a month after the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001, the task force continues outstanding progress in preparing and planning for major incidents and disasters in Lincoln County.

Prior to the formation of the task force, cooperation and communications between Lincoln County agencies were at a minimum.  The task force has united both public and private agencies and promotes understanding of roles, resources and capabilities of agency personnel.  It also allows for a more effective and efficient means of communications and cross-agency work production.

Over the past twelve years, several major projects have been completed and achieved many goals.  Just a few of them are:

• Implementation of a county-wide incident management system. Many area agency leaders of different disciplines are now trained to effectively handle any large scale incident or disaster.

• Specific plans and detailed preparations have been completed for many types of large scale incidents such as public health emergencies, flooding, active shooters and weather related disasters.  Planning for these and many other incident types are ongoing and plans are kept current.

• The task force and its agencies have acquired a substantial amount of emergency equipment for Lincoln County.  Just a few of these items include a medical/surgical tent (as were used in Joplin after the tornado), high power emergency generators, a mobile shower unit (enclosed trailer), a mobile command center, two-way radios, tents, cots, blankets and other mission-critical supplies.

The Emergency Services Task Force continues to work together for the benefit of all Lincoln County residents and businesses.  Through inter-agency training and cooperation, Lincoln County is now better prepared to mitigate and recover faster from a large-scale incident or disaster.

Task Force members are:  All Lincoln County law enforcement agencies, fire districts, ambulance, Health, Emergency Management, MODOT, Red Cross, Salvation Army, Crider Center, 911 Dispatch, school districts, Lincoln County Medical Center, Department of Natural Resources, Cuivre River State Park, public utility agencies and many faith based organizations.