For the FIRST part of this feel-good story, visit the Warsaw Fire Protection District blog here!
Continuing with the story of the efforts of one fire district helping another, let me tell you about the delivery of the items sent from the Warsaw Fire Protection District to help Northwest Fire Protection District!
The night of the meeting when we got home, Camden County Teen Community Emergency Response Team member (Teen CERT) Alex moved all of the hose from my personal truck to the Camden County EMA’s truck in preparation for the delivery.
The next morning CERT members Renee and Alex assisted me with dropping off over 2000 feet of fire hose and the tarps. When Northwest Fire Chief Annette Sharp saw the loaded bed of the truck, her eyes were as wide as saucers! She couldn’t even speak as the CERTs moved the hose to one of the NWFPD trucks to transfer them to the stations.
When Chief Sharp finally found her voice, she kept repeating, “This is amazing. I can’t believe it! Thank you so much!”
This is what we do. First responders are a family. We help each other. We see a problem and we jump in to help. We remember that we are all in this together and we work together to protect the residents and visitors we serve.
As I stated in part one, I am proud to be part of this huge first responder family.
I became the Director of Camden County, MO Emergency Management Agency (EMA) in August 2021 after previously serving as the agency's Deputy Director for a year. As the Director, I manage the day-to-day operations of the EMA, work on the Local Emergency Operations Plan, manage the Facebook, Twitter, and website for the EMA, oversee the webpages for the Camden County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), provide oversight and run exercises for the Camden County, MO Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and work with the Camden County, MO Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES). I hold a general class amateur radio license, call sign KE0LMY. I am also the official "Bee Keeper" of our mascot, Buzzer the Bee, who wants you to BEE Prepared!!!
I'm a certified CERT trainer and WebEOC trainer for the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency.
I maintain an EXTENSIVE and ever-growing list of credentials and train vigorously with first responder agencies, other EMAs, and with anyone I believe will help me become a better, more well-rounded emergency management director.
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