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Plenty! MNICS members are on the move

This week about 20 Minnesota Incident Command System members participated in public health preparedness training with instructors from the CDC’s Division of Strategic National Stockpile (SNS).

RSS training, June 14, MSP airport
RSS training, MNICS IMT members, June 14, 2017

The two-day Receive, Stage and Store (RSS) course covers basic warehouse functions. MNICS incident management team members joined state Department of Public Health and Minnesota Airport Commission staff to coordinate a warehouse distribution operation in the event of a pandemic emergency. The RSS drill has been ongoing every few years.

Gridding and numbering warehouse storage

Prior to this week, MNICS members trained in Duluth. IMT members are prepared to manage and stock a warehouse with biomedical and pharmaceutical supplies in case of a health outbreak or epidemic. Learn about the SNS or see the video where “12-hour push packs” arrive to the warehouse. The CDC has more than $8 billion in medical and hospital emergency supplies in caches and pods located throughout the U.S. Push packs have a complement of vaccines and medicine; enough for a 10-day supply to administer to 500,000 people.

Kids learn about wildland firefighting

Today, MNICS members will participate in the first week of a youth and community summer camp at the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus.

Benjamin Martin (FWS) talks to youth at the June 2016 camp

It’s “Heroes” week and U of M day campers, ages 5-to-15 years, will experience “A Day in the Life of a Wildland Firefighter.” Minnesota DNR Instructor Tom Lynch and his team will set up stations so that kids have an opportunity to wear fire gear, handle fire hose, watch fusee demonstrations, see a Type 6 engine, a J-5 track vehicle and learn about prevention, suppression and aviation operations.

“The earlier we get kids interested in wildfire prevention and fire safety, the better,” said Lynch, who coordinated the half-day event last year for 180 metro students.

U of M organizer Jenna Dorschner said summer youth programs provide specialty instruction in the categories of Kids’ University, Minnesota Sport Schools, Discovering ‘U’ and Gopher Adventure Camp recreation.

“For our first week of camp, the theme is heroes.  We are celebrating the heroes in our everyday lives, including wildland firefighters!  We are excited that campers will get a chance to see and try out the equipment and clothing used to fight wildfires,” Dorschner said.

The camps run for 10 weeks throughout each summer. Interested in sending your children to camp next year? Learn more.