Middlebourne EMS Gives Ambulance to MOVTI
Tyler County LEPC Meets in Middlebourne
Tom Cooper, Tyler County Emergency Management Director, chaired the LEPC meeting on Thursday, October 1, at the Senior Center in Middlebourne. Cooper gave those in attendance an update on grants his office has received and applied for. He said the 2019 homeland security grant is still being used for Medical/Triage Trailer Supplies, and they were also able to purchase the inflatable rescue boat with grant funding, and training continues under the funding of the grant.
Another project completed with the use of grant money was the Hospital Generator Upgrade. Coopers office is currently waiting reimbursement on the grant.
Under training, there will be an outdoor search and rescue training session on October 10. Training topics and locations for them have not yet been decided, but will be announced soon. A canine instructor will be in the area for the training session. Also, there will be a canine trailing class offered on October 10 and 11.
Cooper said the LEPC still needs help reviewing and revising a direction and control plan for 2020, which would be in conjunction with an emergency operation plan. His office has ordered three portable traffic signs through COVID-19 funding. They are battery operative and will be used to support any COVID related events as well as other emergencies.
Coopers office joined up to help the Wetzel/Tyler Health Department as they held a drive-thru flu vaccination clinic on Wednesday and another on Friday, October 3, in the parking lot behind the Health Department in Paden City. Cooper said Wednesday’s event was very successful with around 120 people receiving flu shots.
On Wednesday Cooper announced the Middlebourne EMS was donating an ambulance to the MOVTI for student training purposes. It was told by the EMS representative that they have three ambulances and are replacing one that recently quit running with a First Responder Vehicle. It was decided that they would donate the ambulance that quit running to an organization who could use it. Cooper said he heard about it and made the request to give it to MOVTI.
Other projects scheduled to take place include a food give-away in Sistersville on October 13, and Trunk or Treat will be held on October 27, from 5 to 7p.m.
Cooper added work continues on the Medical/Triage Trailer. He said all supplies, equipment, and Health Department carts are being mounted in the trailer. He added an underwater drone has been delivered to his office and has been tested. Another project completed is the installation of electronics and an overhead rack for the radar in the Carolina Skiff Boat, The work was completed by the Sistersville Tank Works.
Cooper asked if anyone had used cell phones to turn them in to his office to get recycled. He also announced the snowmobile will be delivered next week to Gleason’s Sport Center for service. He added his office is working on a deal with the state of Ohio to receive a large emergency response boat.
Cooper introduced Lori Price, Emergency Management Coordinator Memorial Health System (Marietta Memorial Hospital). Marietta Hospital recently took over the operation of Sistersville General Hospital. Price presented the LEPC members with a presentation on training opportunities at the FEMA/Homeland Security Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Alabama. Price said the center is a very impressive facility housed at what was Fort McCellan. She spoke of the free opportunities available to interested people who can get certified in various areas, including health care, public health, and first responders as well as others involved in emergency management. She said the opportunities for free training are open to any interested people and include per diem, mileage, room and board, and transportation. She spoke about the facilities at the FEMA/Homeland Security Center saying they were state of the art and unlike anything she’d ever seen. She said it is all first class and hard to even imagine the expense put into the facility to make it a federal training center for many different individuals and groups.
The LEPC meeting breakfast was sponsored by CNX and Novembers breakfast prior to the meeting will be sponsored by First Energy. The next meeting of the LEPC will be held on Thursday, November 5, 2020 at the Middlebourne Senior Center.