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LEPC Learns Functions Of SIRN Radio Network

By Staff | Nov 14, 2018

At the recent meeting of the Local Emergency Planning Committee, Randy Kinsolving of Miller Communications gave a presentation on the history and functions of the West Virginia Statewide Inner-operable Radio Network (SIRN). Statewide radio networks were first created after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 when a major communications breakdown occurred. Therefore, an inner-operable system was developed and has grown rapidly. In fact, there are 98 tower sites in WV, and that number continues to grow. Also, the state assumes all maintenance costs, allowing for a free service for emergency personnel.

The system is not designed to replace communication systems, but rather offer an option. The way the system is designed, there are local call groups designed for Tyler County, regional channels designed for the each specific region, and state-wide channels allowing for statewide communication. There are channels specifically for Law Enforcement, BOE, Fire, EMS, EMP, Health Dept., and hospitals. There are also medical channels – such as one for WVU Hospital, as well as channels for helicopter use only. The system has helped to clear any communication issues and will make for more rapid responses.

In other news, the Tyler County Office of Emergency Management has received the breather air compressor trailer, and the air compressor itself is in the process of being shipped. Also, the Search and Rescue training grant is running on schedule and is set to be finished by Dec. 31. The 2016 EMPG reimbursement has been sent to the state, and the 2017 EMPG has been awarded and signed by the county commission.

Erb Electric has won a bid to install the sheriff’s office backup generator. Also, Aladdin Signs won a bid to install the LED notification signs throughout the county. The OEM is also working on getting an issue with the schools LED sign being located in the floodplain corrected.

The CODE RED public notification system is now operational. It was noted the system has been working well, and it will be an excellent way of alerting the county during emergency events.

Also, it was noted an instructor from Cleveland came to Tyler County to teach a Lost Person Behavior class to a class consisting of approximately 30 attendees.

The class uses science and research to be able to track lost individuals based on a multitude of variations with amazing accuracy.

Other items noted:

  • The NASAR FUNSAR training is scheduled to be held during the first quarter of 2019.
  • The OEM has been reaching out to WVU Fire School in regards to radiation awareness and monitoring but is still waiting for a response.
  • The updated Promulgation Page of the EOP has been completed and the Conaway Lake Dam plan has also been completed.
  • The OEM is working on getting supplies for a mass casualty trailer should the need for one ever arise. The OEM is also working to gather a Swift Water Rescue Team and is looking into funding for supplies.
  • The Shirley VFD received funding for new PPE which allows for the creation of a Hazmat Team.
  • The West Virginia National Guard is in possession of the OEM’s air monitoring system. The system is being calibrated and then will be returned.
  • The tower site generator for TCHS/TCMS has arrived, and it will be installed so it can be remotely accessed.

Several of the local industries present at the meeting include: Tyler County Commission, Paden City Volunteer Fire Department, Sistersville Volunteer Fire Department, Shirley Volunteer Fire Department, Middlebourne Fire Department, Tyler 911, Tyler BOE, Miller Communications, Senator Manchin’s Office, Sistersville General Hospital, Wetzel County OEM, Tyler County OEM, Blue Racer Midstream, Tyler/Wetzel Health Department, Air Evac Life Team, Middlebounre EMS, Proviron, Tyler County Sheriff’s Office, Wetzel County Home Care, Change Inc. SSVF, and Myers Well Services.

The next Tyler County LEPC meeting will be held on Dec. 6 beginning at 9 a.m. and located at the Senior Citizens Center in Middlebourne.