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 February 10th, 2010  
St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara teams up with National Sheriffs Association, Florida Sheriffs Association and Indian River State College for jail evacuation training course Feb.l8
Sheriff of St. Lucie County Ken J. Mascara is teaming up with the National Sheriffs Association, Florida Sheriffs Association and Indian River State College for a one-day training course on jail evacuation and planning.

"The national association's Homeland Security Initiatives Program presents emergency-incident jail training throughout the country," said Sheriff Mascara. "Through a partnership with the National and Florida Sheriffs Associations and the state college, we are bringing this training to the Treasure Coast. Thanks to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the training is free to participating Sheriff's Offices."

The key to handling emergency situations affecting the jail is to vigorously train in advance for such situations, said St. Lucie County Sheriff's Maj. Patrick F. Tighe. "Here in Fort Pierce, we have uniquely designed training facilities to handle this kind of training at the Indian River State College's Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex."

"Opportunities such as this is a perfect example of the new level of professional development made possible through the resources at the Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex," said Stephen C. Huntsberger, IRSC Dean of Public Service Education.  "The 50-acre complex was designed to not only attract this level of training, but to provide it in a convenient and cost effective way to our local agencies."

About 60 people representing 18 county jails from around the state are expected to participate in the one-day training program.

Here is a description of the training program, from the National Sheriffs Association:

"The Jail Evacuation and Implementation presentation is designed to address the needs of small and large jails in rural and urban jurisdictions, preparing them to evacuate their facility in the event of a terrorist attack or other disastrous event.  The program assists jail commanders and staff as they plan for the controlled but expedient departure of all staff, visitors and inmates from the jail.  It trains jail administrators to develop procedures and plans, which supports their efforts to defend any legal challenges and obtain whatever reimbursement funding that becomes available.  The program has provided the first WMD and all-hazard planning and information material to be obtained by some jurisdictions and counties."

Here are the counties sending representatives to the training course:

Bay, Brevard, Broward, Collier, Desoto, Flagler, Glades, Highlands, Indian River, Hillsborough, Manatee, Marion, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Osceola, Palm Beach, Polk and Sumter.

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