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COML and COMT Training Opportunities – Spring 2018

NERAC is pleased to announce the following COML and COMT training opportunities: COML: E969 NIMS ICS All-Hazards Communications Unit Leader (COML) training course May 1st – 3rd, 2018 Wayland Public Safety Building 38 Cochituate Road, Wayland, MA 01778 Register HERE by Thursday, April 26th COMT: Communications Unit Technician (COMT) training course June 4th – 8th, 2018 Wayland Public Safety Building 38 Cochituate Road, Wayland, MA 01778 Register HERE by Thursday, May 3rd   NERAC will be providing backfill and overtime support for both courses. Spots will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please direct all questions to Austin Murray at amurray@mapc.org or via phone at (617)933-0755.   COURSE DESCRIPTIONS COML: This offering is a three day course, designed for all local, regional, tribal, and state/territory emergency response professionals and for support personnel with a communications background. It is designed to familiarize these professionals with the roles and responsibilities of a Communications Unit Leader (COML) under the NIMS ICS and to provide hands-on exercises that reinforce the lecture materials. Under the NIMS ICS structure, the COML is the focal point within the Communications Unit. This course provides DHS-approved and NIMS-compliant instruction to ensure that every state/territory has trained personnel capable of coordinating on-scene emergency communications during a multi-jurisdictional response or planned event. All OEC instructors are approved by DHS and have had extensive experience both as emergency responders and as COMLs. The course is presented with facilitated lecture and hands-on exercises. It involves extensive interactive discussion and exercises. OEC/ICTAP instructors work through the discussions and exercises to explain in detail the processes used to achieve communication operability, interoperability, and how to incorporate additional communications solutions. Prerequisites: IS-100.b, Introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS), ICS-100; IS-200.b, Incident Command System (ICS) for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents; ICS-300, Intermediate Incident Command System (ICS) for Expanding Incidents; IS-700.a, National Incident Management System (NIMS), An...

Emergency Vehicle Adequacy Calculator (EVAC)

The Northeast Regional Advisory Council (NERAC) would like to announce to all member communities that an updated version of the Emergency Vehicle Adequacy Calculator (EVAC) Tool is now available online. The EVAC Tool allows emergency managers and first responders to calculate the number of vehicles required to handle various evacuation scenarios, and compare those figures to the resources available in their communities. The calculator is a useful online resource for communities working to develop or evaluate their evacuation plans.   To access the EVAC Tool: Hover the cursor over the Preparedness Resources >> tab at the top of this page, and select EVAC Calculator Tool from the drop-down menu OR, access the EVAC Tool directly at: https://nerac-evac.herokuapp.com/ To use the EVAC Tool: Input: The number of people and pets to be evacuated The mobility levels of the evacuees The distance to the shelter/destination (in hours or miles) The target completion time (in hours) The user can then adjust the following parameters: Capacities and load times for each type of vehicle Road conditions (speed limit, in mph)   When the appropriate information has been entered into each required field, select the “Submit” button on the bottom of the page to generate the final report The message “Calculation was successfully created” will display, followed by the report.     For a .pdf version of the above instructions,...

NEMLEC STARS Toolkit Conference

On Friday, March 17, at Endicott College, the Northeast Homeland Security Regional Advisory Council (NERAC) and the Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC) sponsored a school safety conference to introduce 225 stakeholders from school districts and public safety agencies throughout Essex and Middlesex Counties to the 2nd Edition of the NEMLEC School Threat Assessment and Response System (STARS) Toolkit. The STARS Toolkit provides public officials with a comprehensive resource for preparing for all types of emergencies within schools, and includes guidance on building multi-disciplinary crisis response teams, responding to bomb threats, holding effective trainings and exercises, and much more. This 2nd edition replaces the 1st edition (published in 2006) with updated information and best practices based on the lessons that have been learned across the country over the last 11 years. All conference attendees were provided with a copy of the STARS Toolkit, as well as a STARS School Emergency Operations Plan (SEOP) template that can be used to formally establish and document local emergency procedures. These resources were developed by the STARS Toolkit Committee, which consists of a group of volunteers from several police departments and school districts in the region. Copies of both the STARS Toolkit and the STARS SEOP can be found at www.STARSTOOLKIT.org.   Medford Police Chief Leo Sacco delivers opening remarks. Opening remarks at the conference were delivered by Undersecretary for Homeland Security Patrick McMurray and Assistant Undersecretary for Homeland Security Hans Olson (both from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security), Chief Richard McLaughlin of the Belmont Police Department (NEMLEC President and NERAC Council member), and Chief Leo Sacco of the Medford Police Department (NEMLEC STARS Control Chief and NERAC Council Chair). During the day-long event, members of the STARS Toolkit Committee provided a detailed overview of the contents of the Toolkit, SEOP, and website, outlining the wide variety of situations that each may be useful...

Training Opportunity: Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT)

The Northeast Homeland Security Regional Advisory Council (NERAC) is sponsoring two training courses on Active Shooter Response for law enforcement officers that serve the NERAC region. The Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) courses prepare first responders to isolate, distract, and neutralize an active shooter, and cover a number of related tactics and techniques using both classroom and field-based activities, including dynamic force-on-force scenarios. The first course will take place on February 21st and 22nd  from 8am to 5pm. The second course will take place on February 23rd and 24th from 8am to 5pm. Through a partnership between the Bureau of Justice Assistance and Texas State University, NERAC is able to offer these courses free of cost for all attendees.  NERAC will provide backfill/overtime reimbursement at up to $35/hr. Additional ALERRT courses will be scheduled and announced later this year. For more information and to download the registration form, click here (must be logged in to follow the link)....

NERAC Discipline Spotlight: Public Safety Communications

NERAC Discipline Spotlight: Public Safety Communications This blog is Part 3 of an 11-part series discussing the NERAC Council’s initiatives over the last 12 years specific to each of the public safety disciplines represented on the Council.  Check back every 2-3 weeks for new posts!   The NERAC Council is committed to the enhancement and expansion of interoperable public safety communications in the region, and has demonstrated this commitment over the years through a wide array of investments into equipment upgrades, system expansions, and sponsored trainings. Chris Ryan, Deputy Director of the Essex County Regional Emergency Communications Center (ECRECC), is the public safety communications representative on the NERAC Council, where he serves as co-chair of the Interoperability Committee and guides their implementation of comprehensive regional public safety communications projects. NERAC has made significant investments into the major command and control systems in the region that first responders rely upon. The Boston Area Police Emergency Radio Network (BAPERN) was developed by the Greater Boston Police Council (GBPC) to facilitate radio communications between law enforcement agencies and is used on a daily basis for regional law enforcement notifications and mutual aid coordination. NERAC has worked to expand BAPERN both geographically and to multi-discipline users. In 2011, NERAC provided BAPERN with voting receiver equipment at two new sites in Andover and Tewksbury to address coverage issues in the Merrimack Valley, and then in 2012, expanded and improved the coverage of BAPERN’s Area Wide 3 and 4 channels in their Northwest District through the addition of equipment at seven (7) new sites.  Additionally, NERAC has provided public works and public health departments throughout the region with portable radios pre-programmed with BAPERN channels to enable them to listen to and participate in these critical communications. NERAC has also invested substantial funding into Fire District 5, 6, 14, and 15 communications. Through these investments, the Council has...

NERAC Discipline Spotlight: Public Health

NERAC Discipline Spotlight: Public Health This blog is Part 2 of an 11-part series discussing the NERAC Council’s initiatives over the last 12 years specific to each of the public safety disciplines represented on the Council.  Check back every 2-3 weeks for new posts!   The NERAC Council supports public health in the region by making critical sheltering equipment and supplies available to municipalities when they need them most, as well as providing funding for regional trainings and exercises. Richard Day, the Health Director for the town of Chelmsford, has been serving as the Council’s public health representative since 2010. Mr. Day also serves as the chair of the NERAC Sheltering Committee, where he guides NERAC’s mass care and sheltering work. In an effort to ensure that municipalities have access to the equipment necessary to establish a shelter, NERAC has purchased 18 regionally available shelter trailers, 3 functional needs support trailers, and 1 animal sheltering trailer. Each shelter trailer is equipped with enough supplies to shelter approximately 100 people, including cots, pillows, blankets, first aid kits, wheelchairs, and a shelter-in-a-box kit. These shelter-in-a-box kits were developed by NERAC and contain the necessities for administering and managing a shelter, such as name tags, writing supplies, hygienic and sanitary supplies, and vests to identify shelter staff. One of these kits has been distributed directly to each municipality in the region as well.  The 3 functional needs support trailers contain specialized equipment such as patient lifts, bariatric wheelchairs, shower chairs, transfer boards, and more to support municipalities when they need to shelter individuals with access or functional needs.  The animal sheltering trailer, which contains crates, feeding, cleaning, and registration/tracking supplies for up to 60 animals, is designed for use at larger shelters where significant numbers of companion animals need to be sheltered.  To assist in establishing local animal sheltering capabilities, NERAC has...

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