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Cybersecurity Incident Response Plan Workshops – Registration Open – 7/22/20

Posted by on Jul 9, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Cybersecurity Incident Response Plan Workshops – Registration Open – 7/22/20

In partnership with the MassCyberCenter, the Northeast Homeland Security Regional Advisory Council (NERAC) is offering a free series of workshops and a Q&A session about developing municipal cybersecurity incident response plans. A cyber incident response plan is a document that “articulates the roles and responsibilities, capabilities, and coordinating structures that support how a municipality will respond to and recover from cyber incidents”. More information can be found at the MassCyberCenter website: https://masscybercenter.org/why-cybersecurity/municipal-cybersecurity/cyber-incident-response-plan-workshops-massachusetts The first workshop for municipalities in the Northeast Region will be held virtually on Wednesday, July 22nd at 10:00am -12:00pm. Registration information can be accessed via the link above or by clicking...

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ATIRC Active Shooter Training Information and Registration (May 2020)

Posted by on Feb 28, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

ATIRC Active Shooter Training Information and Registration (May 2020)

The Northeast Homeland Security Regional Advisory Council (NERAC) is sponsoring a three-day Active Threat Integrated Response Course (ATIRC) designed to improve integration between Law Enforcement, Fire, and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel during active shooter events. The training will practice these skills through both classroom and field-based activities, including dynamic force-on-force scenarios. When: May 6th – 8th, 2020 08:00 – 17:00 each day with a one hour break for lunch Where: MilliporeSigma, 80 Ashby Road, Bedford, MA 01730 Through a partnership with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security and NCBRT/Academy of Counter-Terrorist Education at Louisiana State University, NERAC is able to offer this course free of charge for all attendees. NERAC will provide backfill/overtime reimbursement at up to $35/hr. and lunch will be provided. There will be no printed participant guide or textbook for this course.  The participant guide will be electronic which means all participants must bring an electronic device capable of accessing the internet (laptop, smartphone, tablet, etc.).  To register for this course, click here. Your registration will not be considered final until you receive a separate confirmation notice. If you have any questions, please contact Austin Murray at amurray@mapc.org or 617-933-0755. Please Note: In order to ensure this training provides the widest possible regional benefit, and due to high demand, the number of participants from a single department may be capped at 2. Any number of participants over that threshold will be placed on the wait list and contacted in the order in which they registered if space becomes available. Supervisors instructing more than 2 employees from the same department to register should consider which individuals to prioritize, otherwise priority will automatically be given to those who register...

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FFY2020 Project Request Form

Posted by on Feb 25, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

FFY2020 Project Request Form

Each year, the Northeast Homeland Security Regional Advisory Council (NERAC) receives an allocation of funding from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) to improve the capability for the 85 municipalities in the Northeast Region to prevent, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism and other public safety emergencies. As part of NERAC’s strategic budgeting process for the upcoming fiscal year (FFY2020), the Council has elected to solicit project ideas from the whole community for inclusion in the budget. If you have a project idea that you would like to have funded for the region, please use the attached form to explain and justify the project. NERAC anticipates having access to this funding on or about December 1, 2020 until July 31, 2022. All projects that are submitted must be able to be completed within this time frame. For more immediate needs, please consider submitting a standard Funding Request Form, available from www.NERAC.us or amurray@mapc.org. All projects must: Provide a regional benefit to a minimum of three (3) municipalities. Have a clear connection to homeland security/anti-terrorism (projects may serve a dual-purpose of improving preparedness for natural disasters as well but must also have a clear connection to terrorism). Have the primary purpose of supporting homeland security needs for non-routine events, rather than day-to-day operational needs. Note: NERAC may require that funding requests of over $15,000.00 be justified either in writing or in person to the Council. If your organization or municipality plans to submit a request for more than $15,000.00, please be prepared to provide a written statement or make a brief presentation at the following meeting justifying the expense.   NERAC FFY2020 Project Request...

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December 2019 Newsletter

Posted by on Dec 18, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

December 2019 Newsletter

Click on the following link December 2019 Newsletter to access the December 2019 edition of the NERAC newsletter. In this edition you will find information on recent trainings, the NERAC Cache Program, and the NERAC Smartphone App.

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Training Opportunity: International Trauma Life Support

Posted by on Dec 17, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Training Opportunity: International Trauma Life Support

    The Northeast Homeland Security Regional Advisory Council (NERAC) is pleased to announce an offering of the two-day International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) course. The training will be provided by NortheastEMS, and will take place at Trinity Ambulance’s facilities in Chelmsford, MA on January 16th – 17th, 2020 (8:30am – 5:00pm each day). The Course will only be open to EMTs who work for ambulance services in the Northeast homeland security region. Backfill and overtime reimbursement at up to $35.00/hr. will be available. Students will be asked to provide a mailing address upon registration so that an ITLS textbook can be sent ahead of time. Students are expected to complete a reading assignment and take a pre-test before class begins. There are a limited number of seats available, so register as soon as possible HERE. Please note that your place in the course will not be guaranteed until you receive a follow-up message from either Austin Murray (amurray@mapc.org) or Caroline Graham (cgraham@mapc.org).   ITLS Overview The ITLS course is designed to provide advanced training to emergency medical care providers on recognizing the signs of and treating injuries caused by traumatic events.  It includes 8 hours of classroom instruction and 8 hours of practical work.  The course covers treatment of traumatic injuries such as severe hemorrhaging, tension pneumothorax, and head trauma. More information can be found at the ITLS website, available here:...

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AAIR Train-the-Trainer Course – September 2019

Posted by on Aug 21, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Northeast Homeland Security Regional Advisory Council (NERAC) is now accepting applications for qualified first responders to attend a five-day Active Attack Integrated Response (AAIR) Train-the-Trainer course. The five-day training will be held on September 23-27, 2019 in Marblehead, MA, and instructors from the ALERRT Center at Texas State University will be provided. You must attend all five days of the training to receive credit. The AAIR course, created and developed by the ALERRT Center at Texas State University, improves the integration of Police, Fire, and EMS personnel during active shooter events. Students will learn medical skills based on TECC guidelines, how to establish initial/unified command, and the importance of rendering aid to victims via rescue task forces. NERAC will be offering BF/OT reimbursement for all first responders who work within the Northeast Homeland Security Region at up to $35/hr. This project is being funded with Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds, via the State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) awarded by the MA Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Office of Grants and Research. To register, please complete THIS SURVEY and send it to Caroline Graham at cgraham@mapc.org. September 23rd – 27th, 2019 Malcolm L. Bell School (40 Baldwin Road, Marblehead, MA) 8:00am – 4:00pm each day PLEASE NOTE: The primary goal of this Active Attack Integrated Response (AAIR) Train-the-Trainer course is to build a roster of ALERRTcertified instructors capable of delivering effective active shooter trainings throughout the NERAC Region. By enrolling in this course participants agree to conduct occasional regional trainings coordinated by NERAC, in addition to any in-house trainings that would solely benefit their own departments. In order to be considered for this course, participants must have their Chief sign the registration form on the following page, acknowledging that participants will be expected to lead occasional regional...

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Active Attack Integrated Response (AAIR) Course

Posted by on Jun 10, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Active Attack Integrated Response (AAIR) Course

The Northeast Homeland Security Regional Advisory Council (NERAC) is sponsoring a two two-day Active Attack Integrated Response (AAIR) trainings designed to improve integration between Law Enforcement, Fire, and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel during active shooter events. The trainings will practice these skills through both classroom and field-based activities, including several dynamic force-on-force scenarios. The instructors will be Massachusetts-based first responders certified by the ALERRT Center at Texas State University to deliver the training. The courses will take place on the following dates: July 16th & 17th, 2019 Georgetown Middle/High School (Georgetown, MA) 8:00am – 4:00pm August 21st & 22nd, 2019 Regis College (Weston, MA) 8:00am – 4:00pm Register for either class by clicking here. Select which offering you would like attend and submit the other required information. For more detailed information on the AAIR training, click here. There is no cost to attend the course, and lunch will be provided. NERAC is also offering backfill and overtime reimbursement at up to $35/hour for those who work in the Northeast Homeland Security Region. You must attend both days of the training to receive credit. Please Note: In order to ensure this training provides the widest possible regional benefit, the number of participants from a single community will be capped at 3. Any number of participants over that threshold will be placed on a wait list and contacted should space becomes available. Supervisors instructing more than 3 employees to register should consider which individuals to prioritize, otherwise priority will be given to those who registered first....

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Training Opportunity: FieldComm Operator Course

Posted by on Jun 5, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

NERAC is pleased to announce a free three-day offering of a Field Communications Operator course, designed to instruct fire department personnel the operation of the FieldComm vehicle including its set up, breakdown and field use in support of an incident. It will also introduce to new operators a general understanding of radio communications, as well as the concepts of interoperability regarding mobile radio communications systems during emergency and event operations. Other subjects that will be covered include the use of ICS forms specific to the Field Communications unit, a general understanding of the expectations operators may encounter during incidents, and the necessity of preplanning as it pertains to radio communications support. This course is being taught by Deputy Chief Phil Charron of the Lowell Fire Department. When: June 24-26 Where: Westford Fire Department (65 Boston Road, Westford, MA) The course will run for approximately 8 hours per day, from 8:00am – 5:00pm with a one hour lunch break. Participants from the NERAC region will be eligible to submit for backfill/overtime reimbursement at up to $35/hour. Registration can be found at this...

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NERAC Newsletter- May 2019

Posted by on May 14, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

NERAC Newsletter- May 2019

Please click this link: May 2019 Newsletter for information on recent trainings and exercises offered by NERAC. Also included in this edition of the NERAC newsletter are updates on Council members, cache site resources, and ongoing projects....

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Training Opportunity: PREPaRE School Safety Workshop I

Posted by on Mar 8, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Training Opportunity: PREPaRE School Safety Workshop I

NERAC is pleased to offer a free one-day PREPaRE Workshop I training developed by the National Association of School Psychologists. The workshop is designed to help public schools meet the crisis prevention and intervention needs of students, staff, and families. The training will enable participating mental health professionals, counselors, administrators, security professionals, and teachers to develop and sustain comprehensive school safety and crisis prevention efforts. Also addressed are issues associated with the media, social media, technology, students with special needs, culture, and memorials. When: Thursday, May 9th, 2019 (8:00am – 5:00pm with a one-hour lunch break) Where: Grand View Farm in Burlington, MA (55 Center Street, Burlington, MA Lunch will be provided and participants from the NERAC region will also be eligible to submit for backfill/overtime reimbursement at up to $35/hour. For more information about the PREPaRE program, please visit https://www.nasponline.org/professional-development/prepare-training-curriculum/prepare-workshops or download the brochure available here: PREPaRE Brochure   To register, click HERE. ...

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