October 20, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Fire Department Participates in Homeland Security Meeting

The Springfield Fire and Police Departments, along with several other agencies, will demonstrate the latest equipment purchased through grants from the Department of Homeland Security from 10 a.m. to 1:30 pm on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009 at the Springfield E*Plex at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. The equipment demonstration is being held as part of the annual meeting for Regional Homeland Security Oversight Committee (RHSOC), which consists of stakeholders from Southwest Missouri that support homeland security initiatives.

The equipment gives the departments the ability to handle a wide variety of incidents that range from simple hazmat spills to complex terrorism incidents and is used on a routine basis by the departments. The very latest in communication, bomb, chemical, radiological and other equipment will be on display for elected officials, media and the general public.

“Because of these resources, we are better able to protect the citizens of southwest Missouri during times of crisis, including tornados, floods, hazardous materials releases and other homeland security events,” says Ryan Nichols, Director of the Greene County Emergency Management. “This event provides the public an opportunity to see how federal, state, and local officials are working together to provide cost-effective protection to the citizens of southwest Missouri through regional cooperation.”

A meeting of the RHSOC will begin at 2 p.m. and is open to the public.

For media only:
For additional information, contact RHSOC Chairman David Hall at 864-1530 or 838-4730.

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