Oct. 1, 2010
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Meeting Planned to Discuss Emergency Planning Needs
ST. JAMES—The Meramec Regional Emergency Planning Committee is holding a meeting to discuss what training classes would be most useful to emergency responders. That meeting is planned at 7 p.m. on Oct. 7 at Meramec Regional Planning Commission, 4 Industrial Drive, St. James, MO.
The group will review the results of a training survey, conducted earlier in the month, and attendees will have an opportunity to provide input to the MREPC on training needs. The MREPC is preparing to apply for funds for classes to be provided in 2011, and the group wants to try to accommodate as many agencies as possible, explained Tammy Snodgrass, environmental programs manager for MRPC who provides staff support for the MREPC.
“We are holding the evening meeting to allow volunteers who have jobs to attend a meeting and provide feedback,” Snodgrass added.
“We wanted our emergency responders to have easy access to the training without having to drive many miles,” explained Snodgrass. “We need input as to what training is needed next.”
The Meramec Regional Emergency Planning Committee works with local governments as well as the private sector to maintain plans responsive to chemical
hazards, which seriously threaten the area. The committee periodically coordinates and offers training opportunities for emergency responders in the region. Quarterly meetings are open to the public. Meramec Regional Planning Commission, a voluntary council of local governments serving the eight-county Meramec Region, provides staff support for the local emergency planning committee. Kraig Bone of Washington County serves as chairman of the group.
Persons planning to attend the meeting may contact Jessical Mattingly at 573-265-2993 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.