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Southwest regional emergency response coordinator hired

Posted on 6/3/2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Cecily Fong
June 6, 2008701-328-8100


Bismarck, ND - The ND Department of Emergency Services (NDDES) today announced that Joe Lies has accepted the position of the Southwest Regional Emergency Response Coordinator. Lies will be responsible for establishing and coordinating a regional response plan for chemical/biological/radiological/nuclear/explosive (CBRNE) incidents in southeast North Dakota. Lies 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.

Lies joins NDDES after servings at the Emergency Manager for Eddy County since 1997. Lies has a significant background in training and exercise and has also worked as an Incident Command System instructor, local volunteer fire fighter and emergency medical service provider.

"I look forward to taking my emergency management experience to the next level by serving at the regional level," Lies said. "My broad work experience will enhance my ability to build a strong regional response framework."

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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