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Police, firefighters attend COG’s interoperable communications class
by Gary Kent
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Homeland Security coordinator Robert “RJ” Thomas with the Coastal Bend Council of Governments discusses interoperable communications between emergency responders Monday morning.
Homeland Security coordinator Robert “RJ” Thomas with the Coastal Bend Council of Governments discusses interoperable communications between emergency responders Monday morning.
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Emergency management planner Chayne Sparagowski of the Coastal Bend Council of Governments, center foreground, listens along with local police, deputies and firefighters during a course to teach communications between agencies in Bee County.
Emergency management planner Chayne Sparagowski of the Coastal Bend Council of Governments, center foreground, listens along with local police, deputies and firefighters during a course to teach communications between agencies in Bee County.
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BEEVILLE – About 60 law enforcement officers and volunteer firefighters attended classes Monday to learn how to better communicate with other agencies.

The 90-minute course was provided three times Monday at the Beeville Police Department’s Training Center at 708 W. Milam St.

Bee County Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Willow explained that two men from the Coastal Bend Council of Governments would teach the course while they were in town.

While Homeland Security Coordinator Robert “RJ” Thomas taught the class inside the center, Emergency Management Planner and Solid Waste Manager Chayne Sparagowski said the team would visit 11 counties in the Coastal Bend to offer the classes.

“Beeville is the first one,” Sparagowski said.

“The goal is to teach agencies how to become interoperable with each other,” he said.

That will be achieved by teaching the agencies to be cross disciplined.

All law enforcement agencies and fire departments in the Coastal Bend will be urged to take the course when the COG representatives are in their counties.

Willow said invitations to attend the class were extended to all fire departments in Bee County.

“The Council of Governments has been helping us out for a long time,” Willow said.

Recently, Theresa Finch of the COG was instrumental in getting help for the disposal of thousands of discarded tires that the county has been trying to get rid of for several years now.

Willow said the COG had assisted the Beeville Police Department in getting grant funds to purchase special radios that will allow lawmen to communicate with agencies in neighboring counties.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 343-5220, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.
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