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EMO Releases 2007-08 Training Calendar

Organizations across Nova Scotia will have access to more than 20 emergency management courses over the next year.

Emergency Management Minister Carolyn Bolivar-Getson has announced that courses in basic emergency management, emergency site management, emergency operations centre management, exercise design and emergency public information will be offered in locations throughout Nova Scotia.

"Our Nova Scotia training programs are recognized across the country and are in high demand," said Ms. Bolivar-Getson. "We've gone from training 175 people a year to nearly 2,000 from the public, private and non-governmental sectors. It's certainly a growth area, thanks to the excellent quality of training, and a recognition that preparedness and planning are essential to our high level of public safety in Nova Scotia."

EMO takes its training programs on the road. This year, courses will be offered in Amherst, Baddeck, CFB Shearwater, Bridgewater and Yarmouth. Along with formal scheduled training, EMO also offers half-day workshops, conference breakout sessions and shorter presentations to organizations that request training assistance.

Craig MacLaughlan, CEO of the Emergency Management Office, said a new training course is being designed to reach an important audience.

"Seniors and persons with disabilities are particularly vulnerable in a crisis," said Mr. MacLaughlan. "So a new course will teach basic emergency practices for those with medical, sight, hearing or mobility challenges. We have a responsibility to help educate people about the importance of being able to care for themselves in the first 72 hours of an emergency."

The 2007-08 training calendar is as follows:

March 20-22

  • Emergency Operations Centre, Amherst
  • Emergency Site Management

April 17-19

  • Emergency Operations Centre, Amherst
  • Emergency Site Management

May 1-2

  • Emergency Public Information, Baddeck

May 1-3

  • Basic Emergency Management, Baddeck

May 15-17

  • Emergency Operations Centre, CFB Shearwater
  • Emergency Site Management
  • Emergency Public Information

June 12-14

  • Basic Emergency Management, Bridgewater

Sept. 11-12

  • Exercise Design, location to be determined

Sept. 18-20

  • Basic Emergency Management, Yarmouth

Oct. 2-4

  • Basic Emergency Management, Amherst

Oct. 16-18

  • Basic Emergency Management, CFB Shearwater

Nov. 6-8

  • Emergency Operations Centre, location to be determined
  • Emergency Site Management

Nov. 20-22

  • Emergency Operations Centre, CFB Shearwater
  • Emergency Site Management

Dec. 4-6

  • Effective Presentations, Halifax

Jan. 15-17

  • Basic Emergency Management, CFB Shearwater

Feb. 12-14

  • Emergency Operations Centre, CFB Shearwater
  • Emergency Site Management

March 4-6

  • Basic Emergency Management, location to be determined

March 25-26

  • Exercise Design, Halifax

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Emergency Management Minister Carolyn Bolivar-Getson has announced a new year of emergency training programs.

The province will deliver more than 20 training courses for public, private and volunteer organizations.

Ms. Bolivar-Getson says a new course will help seniors and persons with disabilities prepare for emergencies, and the demand for training is up.

Nearly two-thousand people have taken training this year. That's up from about 175 only two years ago.

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