Panel discussion on first responders will be Thursday, April 26 at Va Tech
As part of a continuing education effort the Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT) at Virginia Tech, a student organization, will be presenting a panel discussion on Communicating with First Responders on April 26 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Brush Mountain Room A of Squires Student Center. This event, open to all community members, will feature professionals from the Virginia Tech and Radford city police dispatch centers, Virginia Tech Police Department, Blacksburg Fire Department, Virginia Tech Office of Emergency Management and Virginia Tech Rescue Squad. The goal of the session is to improve communications between first responders and the community members that they serve.
The session will include a look at how a call to 911 is handled, how first responders are dispatched and how the information is processed between the reporting party, dispatch call taker, and responding representatives. The panel will also cover best practices when dealing with them at the scene of an incident. Good communications both ways serves to make a safer community for everyone. A question-and-answer time will be included.
A second part of the session will give hands-on advice for using two-way radios during events or incidents. Many organizations have access to these portable devices, but often people are given little training or guidelines during an emergency or event. This optional hands-on practical session will include a brief overview of Incident Command System (ICS) procedures and forms as they relate to communications.
– Submitted by Ronald Angert, Emergency Preparedness Planner, Virginia Tech Division of Student Affairs
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