OPVFD attend National Hurricane Conference

Ocean Pines Represented at National Hurricane Conference

Two members of the Ocean Pines Fire Department Command Staff attended the National Hurricane Conference held March 25th – 28th in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Deputy Chief Bill Bounds and Assistant Chief Steve Grunewald attended classes on Hurricane Readiness for Coastal Communities, Intro to & Applying HURREVAC (a computer program used to assist in making decisions, such as evacuation timing, based upon the hurricanes track and forecast), Evacuation Planning as well as roundtable discussions that focused on the response to recent hurricanes.  Bounds commented, “While the communities in our region are very fortunate to have been spared the direct hit of hurricane for quite some time, it is a valuable experience to network with fire department and emergency management officials from areas that deal with the impact of these storms on a yearly basis.”  The Command Staff of the Ocean Pines Fire Department are putting these lessons learned to work by updating operating guidelines and response plans in an effort to increase preparedness for the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane season which begins June 1st.

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