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July 14, 2006
Albany -- South Georgia first responders and government workers are training to make sure they'll work together well if disaster strikes.

 Emergency organizations must train their employees, or risk losing federal and state money.

More Dougherty County, Albany city, and state health department employees received National Incident Management Systems training today in Albany. Georgia State Patrol managers will go to Maryland next week for national NIMS training.

Southwest Georgia emergency management directors meet monthly to make sure to reach national compliance and ensure national disaster aid funding. Dougherty County E.M.A. Deputy Director Jim Vaught said "We would have people who would be able to report on scene, and be a viable help without having to learn a new system. Because we are all doing the same system throughout the country. "  

 First Responders like firefighters, Police, 9-1-1 operators, and public health workers are required to receive the NIMS training.

 It's top goal is to make sure all emergency response across the country use the same language and techniques so they can work together during any crisis.

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