IUP representatives presented at the first Governor’s Emergency Preparedness Summit on Tuesday, October 3, in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The summit theme was “Collaboration,” which focused on the importance of communication and partnerships through the state-wide
emergency response community.
IUP’s workshop presentation detailed how a State System of Higher Education institution has assumed a leadership role in bringing together a few key stakeholders within Indiana County to identify obstacles, analyze process, provide training opportunities,
and move toward best practices in rural emergency preparedness. The panel shared their collective effort to respond to several recent events and operational deficiencies, including, but not limited to, the opioid epidemic, celebratory events, first
responder preparedness, and private/public sector issues.
Presenters (pictured from left to right): Kevin Thelen, IUP’s director of Public
Safety; Louis Pesci, director of IUP’s Institute for Rural Health and
Safety; Bruno Pino, chief operating officer of Citizens Ambulance; and Randy Thomas, director of Operations of Citizens Ambulance.
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