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Area responders complete FEMA National Fire Academy Program

Last Updated on June 30, 2022 by Cass County Emergency Management Agency

LOGANSPORT, IN – For the last two weeks personnel from Cass County Public Safety Agencies have been participating in a federal certification program to increase personnel safety at emergency scenes in Cass County. The National Fire Academy Incident Safety Officer Course prepares personnel to fill the role of Safety Officer at emergency scenes.

Personnel spent the two weeks examining real and simulated emergency scenes from Cass County and around the country. Personnel analyzed scenes, including nationally known incidents where death or serious injury had occurred, to identify root causes of problems and develop strategies to prevent recurrence. This course was offered based on the After Action Report/Improvement Plan (AAR/IP) from this year’s Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) Exercise which identified the need for more personnel in Cass County with this qualification.

Rocky Buffum, Director of Cass County Emergency Management Agency, expressed appreciation for the student’s investment in their departments, the county and themselves. “Everyone involved is freely giving hours to learn how to make their fellow responders and the community safer. We are excited we were able to make this no cost opportunity available to the county thanks to continued grants and other community support.”

13 personnel successfully completed the program held at the Cass County Emergency Management Agency. Those successfully completing the course came from Clymers Fire Department, Emergency Management, Fire District 1, Harrison Township/Lucerne Fire, Logansport Fire Department, New Waverly Fire Department, Walton Fire Department and Young America Fire Department.

Support was provided by the National Fire Academy, and the cost of textbooks and other consumables was covered thru a grant from the Duke Energy Foundation.

SOURCE: News release from Cass County Emergency Management Agency