O.E.S. Notepad

By: Fred Mullen

Franklin  County Responders

Franklin County Responders discuss plans for responding to the report of an missing college age student. From L to R–Professor Chris Rambo, Arkansas Tech; Chief Devin Bramlett, Ozark Police Department; EMS/9-1-1 Director Randy Boren; OEM Senior Deputy Coordinator, Melissa Francis; OEM Volunteer, Holly Odom. Attending but not pictured, Cass Job Corps Safety Director, Travis Johnson; and, OEM Coordinator Fred Mullen. (Picture by Fred Mullen

Arkansas Tech University Department of Criminal Justice Instructor Chris Rambo hosted a group of Franklin County Responders this past Friday to discuss the topic of missing college age students.  The training event was centered around a webinar provided by the National Criminal Justice Training Center entitled Missing and Abducted College Students.  A round table discussion followed the webinar.  Rambo said, “Colleges and trade schools need to be prepared in the event a student goes missing.  I very much appreciate the efforts of local responders efforts regarding this.”

I think the webinar followed by local discussion is an ideal way to train.  The webinar provides information that has proven value and then  we can discuss its lessons learned/best practices application for us in Franklin County.  Plus, each responder earns continuing education hours. Special thanks to Professor Rambo,  Arkansas Tech and the NCJTC.

Upcoming Training for October–Hybrid Cars on Saturday, October 20 at 0800 hours at the Logan County OEM Training Room, 205 East Maple Street in Paris.    For more information, call AFA Adjunct Instructor Dan Cybik at 479-965-5607. AFA Scene Lighting class will be presented on Monday Nonmember 5 at 1800 hours at the Watalula Fire Department.  For more information, call AFA Adjunct Instructor Frank Theising at 573-821-5570.

SAFETY TIP–Check your emergency kit so  your vehicle is ready for winter travel. Check the flashlight batteries, add an extra blanket, warm hat and gloves. Change out the water bottles you have been carrying all summer and pack them in layers so they are less likely to freeze. Add some snacks, a box of tissue, and restock the first aid kit.  Check the cord on your phone charger and GPS unit to see if they are damaged or worn.

 

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