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Emergency response training continues in Albany

September 28, 2006

Albany -- Learning from the mistakes in emergency response after Hurricane Katrina, training continues to standardize disaster relief across the nation.  

All Georgia city and county first responders have to complete basic National Incident Management System training this week. Wednesday and Thursday dozens of Albany and Dougherty county employees, health, and charity service personnel took NIMS training.

Mandated by President Bush in 2004 and sponsored by Homeland Security, NIMS makes sure all emergency responders across the nation use the same language, equipment, and techniques.   It also gives shows problems that have cropped up in past disasters.

GEMA Training Specialist Terry Martin said " To accommodate and house people who have been displaced by something like Katrina. You have to feed them, you have give them places to sleep. And that traditionally is not what public safety does. "

Next year most first responders and government supervisors will undergo more advanced NIMS training, as Homeland Security tries to nationalize emergency disaster response methods.

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