Course required for commanders during emergency
BENTON -- Scott County officials will soon receive additional National Incident Management System training.
During their regular meeting Tuesday, commissioners discussed with Joel Evans, county emergency management director, what will be included in the 20 hours of NIMS training scheduled for Feb. 20-22.
County officials have previously received training in IS-100, IS-200 and IS-
700 level NIMS courses.
"We have all passed those tests," said Commissioner Dennis Ziegenhorn.
Officials must now complete and pass a test on the IS-300 level course, Evans said. This course is required for elected officials that will be in a command position during an emergency situation, according to Evans: the sheriff, the three county commissioners, county clerk and assessor.
The county emergency management director must also complete the course.
"How much more new information will they have since they did this before?" Ziegenhorn said.
This training will include specifics related to an incident command center, Evans said, and "how it should actually work."
As far as standardized emergency response protocols, "the concept is a great idea," Evans said. "We had a search effort last week that involved multiple agencies from different disciplines that were all able to function together well under NIMS."
County officials will be required to take the IS-400 course next year, according to Evans.
In other county news:
* The Scott County War Memorial's fountain is working again.
"It is running as we speak," said Commissioner Ron McCormick.
Restoring the fountain to operating condition was the last step in the memorial's restoration and update.
"It was losing water to evaporation," Evans said. "Now we have a system to automatically refill it and it has a heating system to allow us to run it in the winter."
Evans said the fountain is also on a timer to shut it off at night and save electricity.
* A meeting for anyone that has been or would like to be involved in the Scott County Emergency Management Association will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Scott County Rural Fire Protection's Station No. 2 in Morley.
"It will give us the opportunity to identify individuals with skills vital to emergency management and will be a chance to regroup and to focus the direction of Scott County EMA," Evans said. "Anyone interested is welcome to attend."