March 21, 2012

State of Alabama
Press Release: Homeland Security, Department of

Strategic Technology Reserve Conference Focuses On Best Practices

Strategic Technology Reserve Conference Focuses on Best Practices

SPANISH FORT—The Alabama Department of Homeland Security Director Spencer Collier gave the opening remarks Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at the Strategic Technology Reserve Training Workshop March 20th -22nd at the 5 Rivers – Alabama’s Delta Resource Center in Spanish Fort, Alabama. 

Members of the Strategic Technology Reserve (which includes county emergency management officials, law enforcement, firefighters, and various other emergency first responders from across the state) are participating in educational sessions for the first two days of the three day conference.  On Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 9am at Battleship Park, the participants will focus on specific procedures associated with complex communication issues that first responder operators face during deployment in disasters.   These issues have been identified as action items following previous deployments and now will be utilized through best practices to enhance the capabilities of emergency personnel. 

The Alabama Department of Homeland Security’s primary focus for this is to support our state’s first responders and ensure communications operators have the equipment and training needed to meet their needs. Thursday morning will give our emergency operators time to practice the implementation of the techniques and procedures reviewed earlier in the conference. 

Director Collier stated:  “It is imperative that we provide this type of integral training to our first responders.  Alabama has been affected by many disasters recently and providing training to our first responders and better equipping them with the skills learned and information obtained is in lockstep with the mission of the Alabama Department of Homeland Security.  Interoperable communications is a challenge that we must meet to ensure the safety of Alabama’s citizens and critical infrastructure.  I am grateful we have the opportunity to provide that training, to make our first responders more proficient.   

We encourage news media attendance for this training:

Where:  USS Alabama Battleship Park--Battleship Parkway (Mobile, Alabama)

When:  Thursday, March 20, 2012

Time:  9:00a.m. CST

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