Staff attends Coast Guard training on incident command system

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Five council staff members participated in U.S. Coast Guard sponsored training on how to manage emergencies such as oil spills. The training events took place in late March and early April.

The training focused on the Incident Command System, a standardized emergency management structure first developed in the early 1970’s to manage rapidly moving wildfires, later adopted to manage all types of emergencies and incidents.

During an oil spill, this management system provides the framework for federal, state and local representatives to work with the spiller, and other resource providers, to respond in a highly organized and somewhat standardized manner.

Council staff along with other attendees from the government and private industry reviewed the basic incident command system principles used to manage an effective response to an incident.

Learn more:  What is an Incident Command System or Unified Command?

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