After over ten years in the making, last week SBES’ Chief Frank Setnicky and Administrative Chief Bucky Buchanan had the opportunity to meet with local, County and Federally elected officials to tour the first if 3 phases of the new, expanded construction at the Hunterdon County Emergency Services Training Center in the Annandale section of Clinton Township.
Setnicky and Buchanan, who have both represented the County’s EMS Chiefs Association and the services provided by local EMS/Rescue providers since the inception of the project, were joined by other committee members from the Fire Chiefs Association, Police Chiefs Association and Training Center instructors for a tour of phase 1, the “burn building” and initial technical rescue training props. The tour was designed to give a first hand loom to the County Commissioners who have provided the funding for the majority of the initial phase, as well as to Senator Cory Booker and Representative Tom Kean, who helped secure additional funding for expanding the classroom space, as well as addition a backup facility for the county’s 9-1-1 site located in Cherryville section of Franklin Township.
During the tour, lead by Public Safety Director Brayden Fahey, a walk through showed the current status and locations for the future projects, the administrative and classroom building, parking areas and vehicle storage building, all items that are greatly lacking at the current, aging facility, sitting just in poor shape just just away from the updated complex.
Local officials from Clinton Township and the Town of Clinton were joined by County Commissioners, County Sheriff, County Prosecutor, County Administrator and staff from both Booker and Kean’s offices over the 2 day visit.
The new facility has already begun hosting technical rescue training programs attended by our rescue company volunteers, and will soon be open for firefighter training. Once phase 2 is complete, plans are in place to utilize the new space and expand the current EMT program we offer to the entire county, which is supported by the County DPS.
SBES would like to thank all those involved so far for making all this possible for the better preparedness of not only our responders, but those across the County and region.
we look forward to continuing to work with the committee and all those who have helped secure the funding to date, as well as the funding necessary to complete future additions that will provide for safe, realistic training for all our responders.
This past week, career Rescue Lt. Wes Hockin attended and successfully completed the All-Hazards Incident Management/Unified Command course at Texas A&M TEEX's Emergency Operations Center in College Station, Texas.
The Enhanced Incident Management / Unified Command for All Hazards course focuses on incident management skills, staff responsibilities, and related situational awareness skills using a computer-driven training simulation designed to create a challenging decision-making environment in an expanding complex incident.
The course focuses on the processes used in an Incident Command Post (ICP) and the key decision-making requirements within that response node. Command and coordination, resource management, and communications & information management are emphasized. Participants learn from the cause and effects of incident decisions while performing in an ICP and responding to a variety of simulated, notional exercises.
Lt. Hockin joined 39 other Incident Managers from across the county for this 5-day Federally-funded program. During the resident program, Wes held the positions of Situation Unit Leader, Unified Command, Medical Unit Leader, and Deputy Operations Section Chief, during fast-paced, stressful scenarios. He will use these skills as part of his everyday work here at SBES, but also in his role as a member of the Hunterdon County Technical Rescue Task Force, and the Situation Unit Leader for the NJ EMS Task Force.
The course is delivered at the National Emergency Response and Recovery Training Center/Emergency Operations Training Center (NERRTC/EOTC). The instructional team consists of coaches and mentors experienced in emergency management and incident response. The course uses a multi-disciplinary approach to accomplish the course objectives. Each participant is integrated into a unified command structure responding to a simulated incident. The course emphasizes the application of contemporary incident management systems, best practices, and procedures to the unique requirements of responding to all-hazards incidents.
The incident management structure used in the course is based on National Incident Management System (NIMS) doctrine and the Incident Command System (ICS), and is certified by the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS/FEMA) National Training and Exercise Division (NTED).
Lt. Hockin follows several other SBES members and officers who have attended this outstanding, hands-on learning experience. "It was cool to have everyone from all over the Country working together", Hockin stated after the training. "All with different backgrounds and training".
Great job Wes!
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This past week three members from the Rescue Company and others from surrounding agencies were involved in an Emergency Boat Operations class, conducted by the Hunterdon County Emergency Services Training Academy. This training is conducted over a twenty-hour time frame in 3 days. Students practiced various in-water boat and rescue skills at Round Valley and Bull Island Recreation Area.
Clinton, NJ...South Branch Emergency Services (SBES) will launch a paid EMT
apprenticeship program in February and now seeks applicants for the inaugural class.
“The new South Branch Emergency Services EMT Apprenticeship Program will allow us to
train and hire more EMTs - something we must do to meet the growing demand for SBES
services,” said SBES Chief Frank Setnicky. “The program will also have a tremendous impact on the lives of our apprentices,” Setnicky added. “Training won’t cost them anything – in fact, we will pay them to train. Then, those who successfully complete the program will be offered an EMT position and a raise.”
Clinton Township Police and South Branch Emergency Services Announce