SECC SELECTED TO HOST THE IOWA/ILLINOIS COMMUNICATION EXERCISE
We are pleased to announce that Scott Emergency Communications Center (SECC) has been selected as the host sight for the Homeland Security Communications Unit Exercise for Iowa/Illinois. This is the first Multi-State Exercise ever undertaken by Homeland Security and is designed to simulate a catastrophic event which would exceed the capacity of any one agency and then deploy Communication Trailers from Iowa and Illinois to assist in the mitigation of the event.
This collaborative effort between SECC, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Emergency Communications, the Interoperable Communications Technical Assistance Program and the States of Iowa and Illinois hopes to not only identify opportunities to enhance interoperability between agencies but also provides a training/certification element for COML’s and COMT’s (communications dispatchers and technicians).
In a real event these specially trained COML’s and COMT’s would be deployable assets anywhere in the State and potentially in the Country to staff these highly sophisticated Communication Units (Trailers). This drill will simulate an actual event and we anticipate over 60 personnel will be assigned to, and work out of, one of three trailers over the course of two-days. They will be constantly evaluated during their operational period by seasoned Instructors with the aim of satisfying the requirements found in their respective Position Task Book and ultimately Credentialing 24 “COML’s or COMT’s.
Once these COML’s and COMT’s are credentialed by Homeland Security they became a deployable asset for any major event that might occur in our State. SECC has two members who have completed all the requisite training to put them in position to participate in this exercise and should receive their COML credentialing.
The Communications Unit Exercise (COMMEX) will be conducted on May 6 and repeated on May 7, 2015, at the Scott Emergency Communications Center (SECC), 1100 E. 46th Street in Davenport, Iowa between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The exercise is a one day/eight hour (operational period) and will be repeated on the second day with different trainees. The lessons learned from this event will not only be a benefit to the state, but the nation as a whole.
About Scott Emergency Communications Center
In 2008, all Public Safety Entities in Scott County began to consolidate their Public Safety Emergency Communications Services to the newly formed Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) named Scott Emergency Communication Center (SECC). The agencies included are the Scott County Sheriff, Davenport Police and Fire, Bettendorf Police and Fire and several suburban and rural police and fire agencies, along with the not-for profit MEDIC EMS services.
SECC is governed by what is called in Iowa a “28E” Board, which is a Joint Powers Agency to which the member governments belong. SECC is responsible for the uninterrupted flow of information in the area of emergency services communications.
We are committed to our community and are dedicated to providing effective and efficient public safety services and recognize our staff as being our most valuable resource. The professional and efficient answering of 911 phone calls and dispatching of police, fire, and emergency medical services is the basis of why Scott Emergency Communications Center was formed.
With integrity and respect we provide superior Public Safety Dispatch services in an efficient and accurate manner. We are committed to serve the citizens and responders of Scott County with the
highest standards to protect
life, property, and the environment.
Please join SECC in congratulating the following staff for their years of dedicated service in Public Safety Communications:
Caroline - 16 years
Valerie - 8 years
Dean - 8 years
Michelle - 10 years
Stacey - 20 years
Pat - 20 years
Tom - 5 years
Pam - 5 years
Tracey - 6 years
Roslynn - 3 years
Natalie - 3 years
Thank you for your years of service!