At the Oct. 2 meeting, Zermeno said there were 16 firefighters who had not received NIMS certification.
“Currently, all city staff is in compliance with NIMS with the exception of firefighter personnel,” interim city administrator Larry Zermeno said. “We found 16 firefighters who were not certified. Since, then (Goliad VFD Chief) Alonzo (Morales) has come to and told me that four of them have passed.
“We would be subject to fines and may lose money if we have an incident. Should we have an emergency, the best thing is to be prepared for it.”
Goliad County emergency management coordinator Peggy Fonseca said NIMS certification is vital for the city to receive government assistance and avoid litigation.
“NIMS is the standard practice of response to any kind of incident,” Fonseca said. “It is a requirement for any type of preparedness funds. You went from 100 percent compliance to 84 percent. That makes you ineligible for any kind of funding.
“We at the county are 100 percent, because we stay up on it.”
Fonseca she has discussed with Goliad County Judge David Bowman about getting all county elected officials certified. City council alderman Vicki Rubio recently became NIMS certified.
“NIMS is nothing to laugh at. It’s the standard,” Fonseca said. “You are going to begin seeing lawsuits based on the fact that there were no responses in a NIMS incident command structure, especially when there’s death or damage.”