The training will take place from 8 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Ernsthausen Performing Arts Center at Norwalk High School.
Given the recent events in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton that left 32 dead, the EMA’s training, “Lessons Learned from Sandy Hook,” possibly couldn’t come at a better time. EMA 9-1-1 Coordinator Tacy Bond said the organization felt such a training was vital for the community to have and has been planning the event for about a year. At the training, Maureen Will, director of communications for Newton Emergency Communications Center in Newton, Conn. will be sharing her experiences and what can be learned from the tragic events that occurred on Dec. 14, 2012.
Maureen will be presenting an overview of the events that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School from the tele-communicator’s perspective. She will be sharing basic information on Newton, Conn., the initial 9-1-1 calls, response by the first responders, communications, information technology, the media; as well as information on the aftermath and the most important lessons learned.
“I think it’s amazing that she’s going to come here and it only costs us a hotel room,” Bond said.
She added that though no one wants to think of a mass shooting or other tragic even as being possible in Huron County, she said the reality is that the community needs to be prepared just in case — especially the local first responders and teachers.
“I just think that it’s a great opportunity for us to hear from someone that’s been through it. No one wants to go through something like that, but when you hear from someone who’s been through it, it open eye,” Bond said.
“And it moves people to prepare. People don’t want it to happen here, but this could make people start asking themselves the hard questions that they need to. Most of our teachers have these kids everyday. Most teachers see the kids more than their parents do. They can tell when a kid’s having an off day. Maybe after this training, they’ll be more apt to say something.
“We can’t think it’s never something that we’ll see here. We need to be prepared,” she added.
Tuesday’s presentation will be open to all Huron County dispatchers, school officials and teachers.
Those interested in attending the event can register at EventBrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lessons-learned-from-sandy-hook-maureen-will-tickets-61109153122