New multi-agency communication system set up in Quincy after September 11
QUINCY, Ill. (WGM) – If a major emergency arises in all three states, local first responders are much better able to communicate with each other, after the lessons learned on September 11, 2001.
September 11 was particularly difficult for first responders and other agencies who used different codes to communicate, making mutual understanding nearly impossible.
To address this problem, agencies have adopted the National Incident Management System, or NIMS.
NIMS is a communication system that involves how agencies train and manage their response resources. Some agencies that use NIMS include public safety agencies, utility companies, and medical institutions.
Quincy Deputy Fire Chief James Pioch was instrumental in setting up the new multi-agency communication system in Quincy in 2005.
“He implemented additional levels of training. In other words, everyone has received the training on the incident command system. Now we also have the NIMS training,” said Pioch.
Adams County Emergency Management Director John Simon said the new communication system helps them prepare for emergencies before they happen.
“It’s not just about what happens when an incident happens, it’s about how we prepare for that incident to happen. It’s about how we do. this contingency planning, ”Simon said.
Simon said that in the event of another attack like 9/11, or even natural disasters like floods and windstorms, NIMS allows local agencies, like emergency management, to be better prepared than never.
“It’s the same types of preparations and planning to make sure we have good plans to maintain our communication capability to implement search and rescue and to be able to provide medical care to people,” said Simon.