Poughkeepsie…County Executive William R. Steinhaus will be kicking off the Paving the Way to the Future Symposium being held Saturday morning at the Dutchess Community College Theatre on the College Campus in the Town of Poughkeepsie.
The Symposium is a part of the County Executives 2006 focus on Emergency Preparedness and the continued work of the Committee On Managing Emergency Volunteer Operating Levels (COMEVOL) formed by Executive Steinhaus to help increase the emergency volunteer operating levels.
Steinhaus stated, “This is the next step on a long path to address the needs of our community regarding public safety. We have done disaster drills and table top exercises; we have held public officials seminars and training workshops; we have studied pandemics, isolation, quarantine and terrorist plots and even simulated plane crashes. We will continue to be relentless in our preparation efforts and are encouraging all municipalities in the county to do the same.”
The Symposium will begin at 8:30 am and run through 12:30 pm. City, Village and Town officials, fire, police and emergency service personnel have all been invited to attend this County sponsored event.
The main session will feature Mark Butler, attorney with Buffalo, N.Y. based Harris Beach PLLC and leader of the firm’s Fire Protection/EMS Provider Services Industry Team with extensive experience representing fire departments, fire districts, ambulance companies, emergency medical service providers and municipalities statewide in all aspects of fire, rescue, and emergency services delivery.
Approximately 70 attendees have signed up for the event. According to DeWitt Sagendorph, Dutchess County Emergency Response Coordinator, “While I am pleased a number of chief elected officials of our 30 towns, villages and cities are attending, I am worried and concerned so many are not attending and by their absence their local communities will be vulnerable if the supervisor or mayor are not trained and prepared to handle a major incident in their community.”
The half day event will cover multiple topics designed to answer two main questions: 1.) What does the public expect from emergency service providers? and 2.) What collaborative efforts can you become a part of to improve your emergency service?
County Executive Steinhaus concluded, “I’m very grateful for the continued support and commitment of our volunteer first responders work to protect our community.”
The media is invited to attend the session.