Emergency Planning Committee certified by the state

Aug 31, 2017
Sergeant Robert Small, Paul Ciaburri, Doug Forbes of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, Rochester Town Administrator Suzanne Szyndlar and Selectmen & Town Administrator Assistant Amanda Baptiste.

Rochester — The Rochester Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) has been certified by the State Emergency Response Commission.

State certification for emergency planning boards includes a number of requirements. The committee must be made up of elected state and local officials, police, fire, civic defense and public health officials, environment and transportation officials, and representatives from community groups and the media.

In addition, certified emergency planning boards must also demonstrate emergency response and training plans, emergency and toxic chemical release forms, public availability of plans, and emergency enforcement plans.

The Emergency Planning Committee was given a "start-up" certification, which means that it has agreed to meet the full certification criteria, but is not yet able to meet some criteria based on its newness. The certification is valid for two years before the committee must seek a "provisional" application. The provisional application requires that the committee has met "a majority" of the full certification criteria, and is valid for a further three years.

Doug Forbes, a local coordinator from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, presented the certificate of Certification to the members of the Local Emergency Planning Committee.

Forbes said, “I would like to commend Emergency Management Director Paul Ciaburri and all the members of the Rochester Local Emergency Planning Committee for their hard work and dedication. Thanks to their efforts the Town Of Rochester is a stronger and safer place in which to live and work. The State Emergency Response Commission has unanimously approved the Rochester certification application.”

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