Emergency personnel participate in NIMS training at library

Published 4:59 pm Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Being better prepared across the board when a natural disaster or unexpected incident hits: That’s the purpose of the NIMS training class Tuesday at the Greenville-Butler County Public Library.

NIMS is the acronym for National Incident Management System, and Tuesday’s training involved personnel on the executive level in the community, said Lt. Anthony Barganier of the Greenville Police Dept.

“We have people from the Greenville Fire Department, the hospital, the police, the Butler County Sheriff’s Department, the Health Department, 9-11 and FEMA all here taking part in advanced training,” Barganier said.

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“This type of training is being mandated for responders and management personnel. NIMS helps responders to be better able to have a systematic, coordinated response to a variety of different disasters or major incidents.”

Barganier said the Incident Command System (ICS)- 300 Training was also designed to create a more positive flow of communication among responders, as well as a better utilization of the resources needed in major incidences.

Those involved in Tuesday’s classes have already completed the 100, 200 and 700 series of training in the ICS Series.