KMZU’s Sandi Wilson spoke to Dennis Goldsmith, Director of Emergency Management for Sullivan County about an upcoming class regarding mass fatalities.

Dennis Goldsmith

A mass fatality incident is not the time to figure out recovery operations: especially in rural areas. Dennis Goldsmith, Emergency Management Director for Sullivan County says there is a course being offered in Warrensburg that is designed to help first responders in the event of a crisis.

When disasters, like a multi-car accident, happens in big city the number of victims can seem minimal in relation to the local population. However, in a community with a population a fraction of the size of a major city that number can seem huge. One thing to think about is smaller communities don’t generally have hospitals or morgues and that is why having knowledge and training to assist in the face of a disaster is so helpful especially for first responders.

The State Emergency Management Agency is teaming up with the Region A Regional Homeland Security Oversight Committee, Johnson County Emergency Management Agency, and the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium to have a AWR232 Mass Fatalities Planning and Response for Rural Communities class. This will count for Peace Officer Standard Training credits. Books and materials are provided and SEMA will provide lodging and per-diem (for meals) to Missourians who live more than 50 miles away.

Individuals working in law enforcement, public health, EMA, EMS, coroners/medical examiners, hospitals, fire service, governmental administrative, health care, and public works as well as citizens are encouraged to attend. All courses offered by SEMA are open to residents statewide.

Tuition is free and you can register on the State Emergency Management Agency website. Those in one of the previous mentioned fields should get their supervisor’s approval before signing up.

Sullivan County residents can contact Dennis Goldsmith at 660-265-5619 or by email at usmc9906@grm.net. Those residing in other areas must coordinate with their EMA Directors.