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Homeland Security funding to demolish Lakeside Inn and benefit first responders

The Office of Domestic Preparedness at the national level is providing financial assistance directly to each state and territory to enhance the capability of state and local agencies to prevent and respond to incidents involving the use of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or explosive weapons. Each state has a Bureau of Homeland Security. In Idaho this was formerly the Bureau of Disaster Services and Hazardous Materials.

The Institute of Emergency Management at Idaho State University has been selected to deliver this ODP training program to first responders throughout Idaho. The Institute was approved by the State Board of Education and charged to provide workshops, courses, certificates and in the future, degrees to meet the professional and career development needs of Idahoans in Emergency Management.

One of the benefits of the input of interest and money into homeland security is that it is assisting the state of Idaho to improve its emergency preparedness systems and equipment. This is helping to insure improved services for the day-to-day needs as well as preparation for any mass casualty or impact event. Art DeFault is the project manager for Operation Road Trip.

This training is intended to provide real-world experience for as many as 600 Idaho first responders.  Operation Road Trip (Readiness Operations and Defense to Train Rural Idaho in Preparedness) will use the 60-room Lakeside Inn in Sandpoint as its base of operation for five weeks of training.

The Idaho Department of Transportation currently owns the Inn as it is slated for demolition for a highway project. “The planned demolition of the Lakeside Inn provides a unique training opportunity for Idaho first responders,” said Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security Director Bill Bishop.

ISU’s Institute of Emergency Management will coordinate a five-week, multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional project with goals to provide training and hands-on exercises to first responders through a cross-disciplinary approach and to facilitate multi-agency cooperation.  They will be busy preparing the buildings and site, getting necessary permits, creating training and exercise schedules and ensuring that all aspects of the project are ready.

Each week, first responders will be involved in both classroom and hands-on training courses. They will then participate in a series of exercises that will provide realistic tactile feedback for individual students. They will have the opportunity to participate in a final single scenario which includes a multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional response to a CBRNE mass casualty incident and training event based on lessons learned from the training.

The target audience is law enforcement, fire, EMS, urban search and rescue HAZMAT and emergency management personnel. 

-Institute of Emergency Management

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