Emergency Practice Helps Buy Needed Equipment


By Jay Michaels

Filer, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Fire trucks, police cars, and all kinds of emergency equipment invaded the Twin Falls County Fairgrounds.

It was part of a full scale exercise to practice for a severe weather emergency. The training helps Twin Falls County qualify for money from the Emergency Management Performance Grant through the FEMA government agency.

Jackie Frey, Coordinator for the county's Department of Emergency Services, says, "It allows us to bring first responders in, and then when we're compliant and we meet the benchmarks, then we're able to get funding to buy radios and equipment for our first responders."

Frey says communication during emergencies is very important, because if radios quit working or there's no cell phone service, that could cause delays for emergency workers, and prevent them from saving other people's lives.

Oct. 4, 2012.

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