Training for disasters

Published Apr 23, 2018 at 4:00pm

The State Preparedness Center in the Town of Whitestown last week hosted hundreds of fire and rescue personnel who wanted to expand their skills at saving lives.

Rome, Utica and Whitestown firefighters joined more than 400 rescue personnel from New York City, the New York National Guard and beyond in a five-day training exercise. Their goal? To learn how to work together in a practice joint response to a fake tornado storm and related emergencies following such a storm.

The center at the former county airport helps personnel prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from not only natural disasters but also terrorist acts and man-made catastrophes.

Based on comments filed at the center’s website (dhse.ny.gov/sptc), the training program has had a profound impact on those skilled personnel who have attended. A few comments:

“Best training I’ve ever had. I wish more NYPD officers would take this training. Granted outta our own time but honestly well worth it and I say better to have it and not need it, then need it and not have it.”

“Great facility and great staff. Can’t wait for next training.”

“One of a kind staff and training. By far one of the best facilities in New York State. The staff well versed in topics and offer combined knoledge that by far exceeds any type of training i have attended.”

Our region is indeed fortunate to have this center and the training programs — in the classroom and in the field —  that allow different agencies to work together to save lives.