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OES Notepad

By Fred Mullen

All agencies who had responses directly related to weather events from Tue May 21 through Fri Jun 14,  you may be eligible for reimbursement under the FEMA 4441-DR Category A and B  program.  Examples of activities included are: Debris Removal, Rescue Calls, Traffic Control, Protective Measures, etc. Please contact me so we can include your actions in the claims. 

Unfortunately, FEMA will not be providing an Individual Assistance program for Franklin County.  We did not have enough residential damage to qualify.  Commercial and Agricultural interest cam file claims through the Small Business Administration.

Responders have been completing a lot of training recently.  Fire classes have been held at Branch Fire Department and Watalula Fire Department.  Last week, ten fire fighters completed the AFA Certified Training Officers class.  Two took the class for a refresher and there are now eight new candidates to receive their CTO certificates as soon as they pass the written test to be given on Fri Jun 28 at the Watalula Fire Department.

Eight SAR Team members attended the Arkansas Association of Search and Rescue Conference in Russellville last week.  The four day conference offered sessions in in Search Management, Wilderness Navigation, Wilderness First Aid, Drones, Canines, etc.  I was excited when I added it up, our group attended a total of 234 contact hours over the four days.  Four team members also presented Field and Management  topics. 

Agencies, remember, we are in fireworks season.  Live fuels are super-saturated now.  But remember after a few days of wind and sun, those pine needles on the roof tops, and,  hay will be ready to burn.  We have hit Heat Index of over 100, so be ready to rehab your crews. 

Up coming training includes: 1) Sat Jun 29 at 08:00  AFA Intro and PPE at the Watalula FD–POC is Frank at 479-209-3777.  2) Mon Jul 1 at 19:00 AFA Portable Fire Extinguishers at the Branch FD–POC is Dan at 479-965-5607.  3)  Mon Jul 1 at 17:30  AFA Ladders (part 1)  at the Ozark FD.  Part 2 will be Mon Jul 20 at 17:30.  Part 3 will be Sat Jul 20 at 08:00. POC is Nick at 479-667-7362

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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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AFC 8 hr Wildland Fire Class Reminder

A training notice  on the AFC 8 hour Wildland Fire Class from our neighbors in Crawford County –check out their site!

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