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Second of four regional emergency response coordinators hired

Posted on 5/21/2008

May 21, 2008701-328-8100

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

Wetzler joins NDDES after an extensive career in emergency response. Wetzler served as the Minot Rural fire chief from 1986 to 2004 and has also sat on the Ward County Emergency Resource Council since 1986.

"I am pleased to join NDDES and bring my experience and expertise to assist the department in developing a regional response approach," Wetzler said. "I am hopeful that my skills will help to ensure that we are able to safeguard lives and property."

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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