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NEMLEC STARS Toolkit Conference

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

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 in. Two very informative guest speakers, Dr. Lina Alathari (Chief of the National Threat Assessment Center for the United States Secret Service), and Michele Gay, (Executive Director of Safe and Sound Schools) also presented at this event. Dr. Alathari spoke about the challenges of identifying and addressing threats to safety in schools using case studies from across the country, and Ms. Gay explained the events and lessons learned as a result of the December 14, 2012 school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT from the perspective of a parent.   Michele Gay speaks about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting from the perspective of a parent. “Bringing people from public safety professions such as law enforcement and the fire service together with educators, school administrators, and mental health professionals to address problems collaboratively is the primary principle that the STARS model was founded upon in 1999” said Chief Sacco, who has served as the Control Chief for STARS since the organization’s inception. “The development of this new toolkit and the diversity of the audience at this event are tremendous examples of the strong partnerships that have been formed between individuals in each of those professions over many years, and their dedication towards the common goal of improving safety in all of our schools” he added.   Members of the STARS Toolkit Committee celebrate completion of the 2nd Edition. In an evaluation survey that was conducted after the...

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Training Opportunity: All-Hazards Position Specific Training

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

NERAC is sponsoring five (5) NIMS ICS All-Hazards Position Specific Training courses for all first responders from the NERAC region. Program registration costs and materials will be paid for by NERAC. Backfill and overtime reimbursement will be offered. These courses are designed by the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) and will be conducted by the Incident Management Training Consortium (IMTC). All first responders from the NERAC region are eligible to attend these courses, however priority seating will be given to individuals who would be likely to fill a leadership position in an ICS structure at a major incident. Registrants for these courses should serve in a position within their municipality (or other organization such as an IMT or other specialized response team) where they would be expected to fill a leadership role in an ICS structure during a major incident. All attendees must have completed ICS-300. The All-Hazards Position Specific Training courses will be offered on the dates below: E0956 Liaison Officer: April 26th – 27th  in Dracut E0965 Resource Unit Leader: May 16th – 19th in Haverhill E0950 Incident Commander: June 5th-9th in Marblehead E0952 Public Information Officer: June 19th – 23rd in Beverly E0971 Facilities Unit Leader: June 26th – 30th in Natick To reserve your spot, please click here to access the page containing the registration link (login...

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Training Opportunity: Law Enforcement/First Responder Tactical Casualty Care Course

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

NERAC is sponsoring a Tactical Casualty Care course for law enforcement officers on April 27, 2017 in Reading, MA. Program registration costs and materials will be paid for by NERAC. All officers employed by a law enforcement agency within the NERAC region are eligible to attend. Backfill and overtime reimbursement will be offered. The LE/FR-TCC course is a hands-on training program for law enforcement officers to address the tactics and techniques needed to decrease occurrences of preventable deaths caused by trauma, as outlined by the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (C-TECC). Students will go through innovative skills stations on the topics below to learn basic medical interventions that can be used to save the life of a civilian or other first responder in a tactical environment before EMS practitioners are able to enter: Distinguishing the difference between Direct Threat, Indirect Threat, and Evacuation Zone environments and care principles/priorities. Understanding the rationale for immediate steps for hemorrhage control (including external hemorrhage control, direct pressure and wound packing, early use of tourniquets for severe hemorrhage, internal hemorrhage control by rapid evacuation, and transportation to major hospital/trauma center. Demonstrating the appropriate application of a tourniquet to the arm and leg. Describing the progressive strategy for controlling hemorrhage. Describing appropriate airway control techniques and devices. Demonstrate the correct application of a topical hemostatic dressing (combat gauze). Recognizing the tactically relevant indicators of shock. To reserve your spot, please click here to access the page containing the registration link (login...

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Training Opportunity: Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC)

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

NERAC is sponsoring two Tactical Emergency Casualty Care courses for ALS and BLS Providers. These 2-day courses will be offered on the dates below. Program registration costs and materials for attendees will be paid for by NERAC. All Emergency Care Providers within the NERAC region are eligible to attend. Attendees must be employed by 911 providers in the NERAC region. The first course will take place in Hopkinton on April 3rd and 4th. The second course will take place in Marblehead on April 20th and 21st. The TECC course is a hands-on training program for EMS providers to address the tactics and techniques needed to decrease occurrences of preventable deaths caused by trauma, as outlined by the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (C-TECC). Students will go through innovative skills stations to practice the following techniques: Distinguishing the difference between Direct Threat, Indirect Threat, and Evacuation Zone environments and care principles/priorities. Providing hemorrhage control using the following techniques: tourniquet application, tourniquet de-escalation, providing direct pressure, applying pressure dressings and packing wounds, and the use of topical hemostatic dressings. Providing airway and respiratory management, including needle decompression, surgical cricothyroidotomy, and the use of other airway devices. Treating patients for hemorrhagic shock with IV fluids and/or blood products. Demonstrating multiple tactical casualty movement and extraction techniques such as drags, carries, and lifts. To access the registration form for this course, please visit this page (login...

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NEMLEC STARS Toolkit Rollout

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

NEMLEC STARS Toolkit Rollout

NERAC and NEMLEC are pleased to announce an event on March 17th to introduce the 2nd Edition of the NEMLEC STARS Toolkit!  Please click here to register! Event Overview: The School Threat Assessment and Response System (STARS) Toolkit is a resource designed to assist school districts and their communities with all-hazards crisis planning and preparedness. This event will include an instructional overview of the 2nd edition of the toolkit, two special guest speakers, and an overview of a School Emergency Operations Plan template. The event is being sponsored by the Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC) and the Northeast Homeland Security Regional Advisory Council (NERAC). Target Audience: Police, fire, emergency management, and school personnel (educators, administrators, and mental health professionals) with responsibilities related to school emergency planning and response. Please register by March 3rd to reserve your spot! Please contact Emily Kaster at ekaster@mapc.org or 617-933-0762 with questions or if you require any special accommodations to attend this...

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Training Opportunity: ICS-220 and ICS-320

Posted by on Jan 26, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Northeast Homeland Security Regional Advisory Council (NERAC) is sponsoring two team-based, scenario-driven ICS training courses designed for responders who may be expected to serve in a leadership position in an initial response organization. Participants may enroll in one or both courses. Program registration costs, materials, and lunch for attendees will be paid for by NERAC. Attendees must be employed in the NERAC region. The ICS-220 course will take place on March 21st. The ICS-320 course is three days, and will run March 22nd-24th. For more information and to download the registration form, click here (must be logged in to follow the...

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

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

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)....

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NERAC Newsletter-December 2016

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

NERAC Newsletter-December 2016

Please click the link below for information on trainings and exercises offered by NERAC!  Also included in this edition of the NERAC newsletter are updates on resources such as CAT Tourniquets, portable radios and ambubuses available to Northeast Region stakeholders, information on NERAC’s FY16 projects, and the latest National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin issued by the Department of Homeland Security! View the newsletter...

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NERAC Newsletter – July 2016

Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

NERAC Newsletter – July 2016

Please click the link below for information on recent trainings and exercises offered by NERAC on active shooter response, community-level cybersecurity preparedness, social media for disaster response and recovery, and school evacuations!  Also included in this edition of the NERAC newsletter are updates on resources such as fit testing machines, portable surveillance cameras, and ambubuses available to Northeast Region stakeholders, and information on the latest National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin issued by the Department of Homeland Security! NERAC Newsletter – July...

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NERAC Discipline Spotlight: Public Safety Communications

Posted by on May 20, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

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 been working to connect each District’s Control Point to the statewide CORE controller in Boston, which enables each Control Point to assume control of operations for any of the other Control Points in the event that their facility is damaged or has to be evacuated. This CORE connection also facilitates interoperability between the four Control Points, giving them the ability to communicate with each other directly during any type of incident that extends beyond the geographical boundaries of one fire district.  NERAC has also worked to create microwave system connectivity to the main repeater stations used by each district to allow the Control Points to patch directly to the systems at the repeater level, which is much more effective and reliable than patching through the dispatch centers. The Northeast Central Medical Emergency Direction (CMED) center is another command and control system in the region for which NERAC has provided support. Northeast CMED enables communications between hospitals and ambulances, and plays a critical coordination function in the response to mass casualty incidents in the region. NERAC has provided Northeast CMED with important infrastructure upgrades, including new repeaters, a new switch matrix, and a system recording device.  NERAC has also built microwave system links for CMED to replace unreliable and costly T1 lines that their system previously depended on. NERAC has also sponsored Communications Unit Technician (COMT) and Communications Unit Leader (COML) courses for emergency personnel that serve the region. These courses...

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