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City employees train for disaster management

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LAWTON, Okla._ More than 30 supervisors and managers in the City of Lawton took part in the first of four classes to become certified in the National Incident Management Systems program.

The curriculum for the class is provided by FEMA and taught by local training personnel to inform local leaders on how to manage communities in times of severe weather disasters. The 32-hour class brings staff from the Lawton police and fire departments, public works and Comanche County Emergency Management together into one room.

The training staff says this event is extremely important because it brings city employees together who are strangers that will ultimately have to work together in times of crisis.

"Fire tends to stick with fire, police with police, and public works with public works, and this gives us an opportunity to get together and look at somebody different then we routinely see," says Jared Williams, a training officer with the Lawton Fire Department. "That's what's going to be important in a large-scale disaster is that we are all going to have to be together and respond together."

The class continues Feb. 26 at Lawton City Hall and all participants in the program will be officially certified at the end of the program next month.

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