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Community safety forum presents plan to respond to disasters

OAK RIDGE, TN – “Secret City Mutual Aid Plan and What it Means to Oak Ridge” is the title of the Community Safety Forum, American Museum of Science and Energy, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 6.

The City of Oak Ridge, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and Y-12 National Security Complex Fire Departments will present an overview of the State Fire Mutual Aid Plan. The presentation will include a discussion of possible local disasters and the role of the Oak Ridge area Fire Departments in the Plan. Speakers will be Oak Ridge City Fire Chief, Darryl Kerley; ORNL Fire Chief, Mike Masters; and Y-12 Fire Chief, Scott Vowell, who will discuss the resource they provide to the State by participating in the Plan and the benefits to Oak Ridge community.

“Effects of natural and manmade disasters have become more frequent, far-reaching, and widespread. We have seen in our neighboring communities that during a disaster or catastrophe, local government resources and capabilities can be overwhelmed” said Chief Kerley. “The State Fire Chief’s Association has been working with the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and other organizations to develop and build a method for rapid activation and response of aid to a community in the event of a local disaster.”

“The Oak Ridge area Fire Departments are participating in the plan and are part of a coordinated group of emergency responders available to any Tennessee community in need.” said Chief Vowell. “The plan has the ability to provide us with a steady, adequate, and timely stream of appropriate resources to manage and mitigate any disaster our community may be faced with.”

“It is very important for our Departments to be involved and engaged in the plan. The days of thinking you can handle a disaster in your community on your own are long gone” said Chief Masters, “we hope people will be interested hearing about it.”


“Secret City Mutual Aid Plan and What it Means to Oak Ridge”
American Museum of Science and Energy
8:00 – 10:00a.m., December 6, 2017

Darryl Kerley, Chief, Oak Ridge Fire Department
Mike Masters, Chief, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Fire Department
Scott Vowell, Chief, Y-12 National Security Complex

Safety Forum Program
8:00 – 8:30 – Networking with coffee and bagels
8:30 – 8:40 – Welcome and Safety Moment
8:40 – 10:00 – Program

1. Natural and Manmade Disasters: The new norm
- November 2016 Sevier County fires
- Weather events
- Acts of violence and mass shootings
2. No community has the resources sufficient to cope with all emergencies
- National Response Framework
- Tennessee Fire Chief’s Association Emergency Response Plan
- Regional Medical Control Center (EMS)
- Local agreements
3.Participation in the plans: How the Oak Ridge Fire Departments participate and benefit
- National framework: Integration, Coordination, Engaged Partnership
- Engagement leads to a smoother plan when we need it
- November 2016 Sevier County fires
4. Role of citizen participation.
- Be informed and understand the possible disasters in your ar
- Planning is essential
• Prevention
• Minimize effects
• Prepare to act
- Take Action
• Get involved in community or workplace disaster response programs.
• Until help arrives.

The annual Safety Fest TN is set for September 10-14, 2018.

Published December 5, 2017

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