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UMFK offers training sessions on water and wastewater security

February 27, 2004

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent is offering two training sessions on water and wastewater security training. There is still time to register for both sessions.

The Executive Level training will be held on Tuesday, March 16 and Wednesday, March 17, at the Caribou Courthouse meeting room. The Operators Level training will be held April 6 and 7 at the Nadeau Hall Teleconference Center on the UMFK campus. Both sessions run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Board of Licensure of Water System Operators (ME-DHS) has approved the training for up to 16 Training Contact Hours (TCH) toward water operator license continuing education requirements.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has also approved the training sessions for up to 12 hours of certification credits (wastewater treatment plant operators).

Instructors from the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) will lead the training.

Both sessions will look at the characteristics and delivery methods of Weapons of Mass Destruction agents and explosives, the importance of vulnerability assessments and emergency response plans, responding to and recovering from these types of incidents, and effectively interacting with the media and citizens during and after an incident.

"Most of the topics will be relevant to facility staff and managers in planning for emergencies and natural disasters, even if they are never the target of a terrorist attack," said Don Eno, academic outreach coordinator.

Participants will receive a National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC) course attendance certificate. Materials provided for the courses include a participant manual with reference appendices.

Funding for the program is provided by the Department of Homeland Security's Office for Domestic Preparedness (ODP).

The courses are free, however space is limited to 40 participants at each session. To register call Eno at 834-7835.