Emergency Responders trained in Incident Command Systems

Tortola, British Virgin Islands, July 18, 2008, (DDM) – Twenty-four persons from various response agencies in the Territory convened at the Department of Disaster Management today to take part in a one-day Incident Command Systems (ICS) training course for senior Officers. According to facilitator Mr. Leonard R. Mobley, who is also the consultant attached to the DDM and charged with the mandate of revising the National Disaster Management Plan (NDMP), “the purpose of the training was to familiarize the responders from key agencies with how the revised NDMP is incorporated in the Incident Command System structure.”

The training comes on the heels of the completion of the newly revised NDMP, into which the ICS is integrated. The benefits of the ICS structure according to Mr. Mobley “are that the plan now allows for a better span of control, organization and resource management.” He further stated that the ICS structure is an easily adaptable system for organizing resources within the response to a disaster and it is internationally used and recognized. “Today’s training session will help participants better understand how the National Emergency Operation Centre will operate and the processes within the NEOC during activation,” he said.

When asked about his thoughts regarding the training course, Mr. Mobley responded, “I feel like the participants are now clear on the command and control mechanisms of the NDMP. In questioning and discussions they responded in a manner that indicated they had good understanding of the material and their involvement was enthusiastic.”

Among the participants was the Permanent Secretary in the Deputy Governor’s Office, Ms. Julia Christopher.

Tomorrow, the DDM staff will undertake a desktop exercise to familiarize themselves with their new responsibilities in the plan. This will be followed, during the month of August by a similar desktop exercise for the NEOC Operations Group.

The purpose of the National Disaster Management Plan is to ensure that the Territory is equipped to effectively and efficiently manage hazard impacts through the coordination of an effective disaster response. The final version of the plan will be submitted to Cabinet in early August 2008 for approval.

Contact:
Natasha Lettsome
Information Training Manager
Department of Disaster Management
Telephone: 468-4200
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