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SL Police, firefighters form new plan for critical call response

Thursday, October 16, 2003

The Storm Lake Public Safety Departments (Police and Fire) announce a new initiative to assist public safety officials in the response to critical calls at local business and industry.

The Police and Fire Departments are launching an initiative that will encourage local business and industry to submit floor plans of their facilities to the Storm Lake Public Safety Departments. When Public Safety receives the plans they'll be scanned on to CD disks and maintained in the Mobile Command Vehicle. The purpose for creating this database is when calls for service are received at local business and industry locations the responding public safety personnel can pull up the submitted floor plans on a lap top computer and better plan entry and exit into buildings.

The database will enhance pre-planning capabilities in incidents such as:

Fire and Smoke Response

Tactical Response

Search and Rescue

Alarm Response

Intruder Searches

Hostage Situations

Active Shooter Situations

Bomb Threats

Lost Child and Adult Incidents

Fire Chief Mike Jones states, "We're hopeful that we can collect information and develop a database that will give us a bird's eye view of floor plans of facilities we're entering into."

Captain Todd Erskine of the Storm Lake Police Department adds, "This Pre-Planning Program is similar to what many cities around the country have done and are doing. It will make us more efficient during critical calls."

The Storm Lake Public Safety Agencies will be mailing out a letter of explanation and a request for floor plans this week to local businesses and industry. Public Safety Director Mark Prosser aid, "This program is completely voluntary and we anticipate it will take as long as two years to get it to where it needs to be. But we are committed to getting the process started."

The Pre-Planning Program was discussed as a goal of the Public Safety Departments with the City Council almost two years ago. Prosser says, "I believe we're to the point technically where we can make it a reality."

For more information on the Pre-Planning Program citizens may contact Public Safety Administration at 732-8010.

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