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Minutes

The Oxford County Local Emergency Planning Committee met on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at the Oxford County Regional Communications Center, 26 Western Avenue, South Paris. The following were in attendance:

Teresa Glick

ODEMA/Chair

Allyson Hill

ODEMA/Treasurer

Dick Knight

HAM

Dwight Corning

Stephens Memorial Hospital

Robert Chase

Rumford Fire Department

Al Riel

Rumford Hospital

Rob Ferris

Rumford Hospital

Stacy Carter

Rumford Police Department

James Miclon

OCRCC

Mark Blaquiere

Paris Fire Department

Scott Allocca

Fairpoint

Art Allen

Catalyst Paper/RRT 10

John Luongo

Maine DEP

Geff Inman

OCRCC

Melissa Adams

OCRCC

Bill DeLong

DHS-IP

 

I.     Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 12:22 PM pm by Chairperson Teresa Glick.

 

II.  Approval of Minutes

Members reviewed the minutes from August. Scott Allocca motioned to approve the minutes. Dick Knight seconded the motion.

Vote: Approved

 

a.     Treasurers Report

Members reviewed the treasurer’s report. Bob Chase motioned to approve the minutes. Dick Knight seconded the motion.

Vote: Approved

 

b.     Chemical Spill Report

There were no new spill reports from the RCC during the last quarter. The group asked if there were any reports about broken transformers from the October 30th storm. John Luongo said that CMP had sent lists of transformer oil spills directly to MeDEP from the storm.

 

c.      Training and Events Scheduled for December, January and February

Upcoming events and trainings were reviewed by the committee. Fire Departments are already starting to schedule hazmat classes for after the start of the new year.

 

 

III. Old Business

 

d.     Rumford Power Exercise/RRT Training

Rumford Power, RRT 10, Rumford Hospital and first responders in Rumford will be working on an exercise cycle that will culminate in a Full Scale Exercise in the late spring. The scenario will involve an ammonia release that results in injuries which will require decontamination and transport to the hospital. The hospital would like to test their decontamination capabilities during this exercise. Rumford Power will focus on setting up their command structure and integrating into the Unified Command. RRT 10 plans on doing some technical and ammonia specific training over the winter and will work on rapid rescue protocols and training for the full scale exercise.

e.      Maine Veterans Home Exercise

In the last quarter EMA conducted a Full Scale Exercise with long term care facilities and hospitals. The scenario used was a broken sprinkler pipe in a wing of the facility that would force the facility to evacuate 12 residents to other facilities and hospitals. Due to real world events, several first responders were unable to make the start of the exercise, so command was transferred twice during the exercise. The facility manager was integrated into the Unified Command and it was a good experience to look at planning globally and for the next operational period, while other staff at the facility focused on operations and evacuating the residents.

 

IV. New Business

 

f.      Bill DeLong, DHS – Resources Available from DHS – Infrastructure Protection

Bill DeLong talked to the group about how he can assist with training and planning with facilities and responders across the state as it relates to infrastructure protection. He talked about a recent active shooter training in Lewiston, and offered that type of training as an option for Oxford County.

 

g.     RCC Update

Jim & Geff from the RCC gave an overview of activities for the year at the RCC, including recovery from the lightning strike that destroyed most of the electronic equipment in their facility. They are working on implementing a new code plan for tones in the county, and plan on having all departments switched to their new codes by March 1, 2018.

 

h.     Annual Hazmat Training Update

Teresa handed out the spreadsheet with attendance numbers for hazmat training for 2017. Training numbers were up by 40 for the year by picking up classes in Otisfield, Sumner and Turner.

 

i.    Tier II Reporting and Open Office Days

EPA sent notice of changes to the next round of Tier II reporting requirements. Due to OSHA adopting physical & health hazards that line up for the Global Harmonization System (GHS), Tier II submitters will have many more hazard categories to choose from when inputting chemicals in their reports.

 

Teresa has also decided not to have Open Office Days in February due to no one coming in for assistance during those days. There are a few regulars that reach out for help completing their reports, but it is usually done at different times than those set hours or they call for assistance.

 

j.    October 30th Disaster

EMA gave the group an overview of the status of the October 30th storm. FEMA crews were in the county for two days conducting a Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) and EMA is waiting to hear the status on whether or not the county and the state have met their threshold to be able to move forward with the disaster declaration process. They also gave a quick overview of the response and lessons learned.

 

k.    HSGP Awards

Allyson talked about Homeland Security Grant awards for the year, including fire department generators, law enforcement surveillance equipment, a traffic control trailer, and school camera systems.

 

l.    Elections - Secretary

Geff Inman nominated Teresa Glick. Bob Chase seconded.

Vote: Approved

 

m.    Elections – Vice Chair

Bob Chase nominated Jim Miclon. Stacy Carter seconded.

Vote: Approved

 

n.    Location and Timing of Next Meeting

The next meeting will be on February 27th at 11am at Paris Fire Department.

 

o.    Adjournment

Bob Chase motioned to adjourn. Stacy Carter seconded. Meeting adjourned at 1:43 PM.

Vote: Approved

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Teresa Glick

LEPC Chair & Secretary

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