MOUNT VERNON — Emergency Management Agency Director Mark Maxwell and Safety and Loss Control Director Emily Marth told the county commissioners that the tornado drill Wednesday showed that some additional staff training is needed. Marth said some officials expressed concern that people weren’t trained to use emergency equipment, such as the defibrillators. Others were unsure where to go if they couldn’t make it to the basement.
Marth said the defibrillator training is included in the CPR classes her office arranges, she is planning to schedule fire extinguisher training with the city fire department, and employees should know to go to the “most secure” interior locations, such as a stairwell, and away from glass, in the event of a tornado.
Maxwell talked about a training class he attended Wednesday at the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy on shooter training for educators. He said some of the response plans colleges are looking at may be applicable to public buildings such as the county Service Center.
He also said a response plan needs to be in place for how an armed intruder will be dealt with.
Marth said the committee she has put together has begun to look at security issues, but they’ll wait until Commissioner Roger Reed returns from vacation to discuss them.
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