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Secret City Mutual Aid Plan & What it Means to Oak Ridge
December 6, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Community Safety Forum to Present Plan to Respond to Disasters
Press Release, November 20, 2017
“Secret City Mutual Aid Plan and What it Means to Oak Ridge” is the title of the Community Safety Forum, American Museum of Science and Energy, 8:00 – 10:00a.m., Wednesday, December 6.
The City of Oak Ridge, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and Y-12 National Security Complex Fire Departments will present an overview of the State Fire Mutual Aid Plan. The presentation will include a discussion of possible local disasters and the role of the Oak Ridge Area Fire Departments in the Plan. Speakers will be Oak Ridge City Fire Chief, Darryl Kerley; ORNL Fire Chief, Mike Masters; and Y-12 Fire Chief, Scott Vowell, who will discuss the resource they provide to the State by participating in the Plan and the benefits to Oak Ridge community.
“Effects of natural and manmade disasters have become more frequent, far-reaching, and widespread. We have seen in our neighboring communities that during a disaster or catastrophe, local government resources and capabilities can be overwhelmed” said Chief Kerley. “The State Fire Chief’s Association has been working with the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and other organizations to develop and build a method for rapid activation and response of aid to a community in the event of a local disaster.”
“The Oak Ridge area Fire Departments are participating in the plan and are part of a coordinated group of emergency responders available to any Tennessee community in need.” said Chief Vowell. “The plan has the ability to provide us with a steady, adequate, and timely stream of appropriate resources to manage and mitigate any disaster our community may be faced with.”
“It is very important for our Departments to be involved and engaged in the plan. The days of thinking you can handle a disaster in your community on your own are long gone” said Chief Masters, “we hope people will be interested hearing about it.”
For more information, contact Jenny Freeman.