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Third of four regional emergency response coordinators hired

Posted on 5/22/2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Cecily Fong
May 22, 2008701-328-8100


Bismarck, ND - The ND Department of Emergency Services (NDDES) today announced that Dwight Stewart has accepted the position of the Southeast Regional Emergency Response Coordinator. Stewart will be responsible for establishing and coordinating a regional response plan for chemical/biological/radiological/nuclear/explosive (CBRNE) incidents in southeast North Dakota. Stewart will work with first responders and community leaders in multiple counties to create a regional response plan that identifies regional equipment and the training and exercise needs required for an effective coordinated response.

Stewart joins NDDES after an extensive career in law enforcement including nearly 11 years of service as the chief of police for the city of North St. Paul, Minnesota. Stewart was also the sheriff of Beltrami County, Bemidji, Minnesota for almost six years.

"I look forward to using my strong law enforcement background and incident command experience to more effectively manage and respond to emergency events in southeast North Dakota," Stewart said.

Regional Response is a new collaborative approach through which emergency response resources for CBRNE events will be identified and collectively used throughout a particular region. Regional efforts to quantify and coordinate these resources will greatly enhance our ability to respond to CBRNE events.

Ultimately, this sort of partnership will:

  • Ensure a safer and more secure public.
  • Allow a more efficient utilization of resources for a CBRNE event.
  • Promote a sharing of ideas, approach, and resources.
  • Facilitate smaller jurisdictions access to resources located in larger jurisdictions.
  • Benefit larger communities during complex and catastrophic events when local resources are not adequate.
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