Fire Department

Emergency Management

In 1997, the fire department took over Duluth's emergency management responsibilities. This includes maintenance of an emergency operation plan, coordination and planning of community exercises, grant application and administration, liaison with local, state and federal agencies and coordination of the outdoor warning siren system. Although our emergency planning is an all-hazard view and approach, the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and subsequent events have created additional demands on the department's time and resources. Two members of the department have training and certification from the state to meet the new duties and responsibilities of the emergency management program.

Duluth emergency management continues to work closely with Minnesota's Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in the 2004 terrorism grant-funding year. Although planning, training, exercising and equipment purchases by emergency management continue under the 2002 and 2003 grant funding years, we are collaborating with state, county and local agencies to bring into Duluth and the arrowhead region additional resources to be used to counter the threat of terrorism. The department is currently working to acquire additional hazmat/terrorism decontamination equipment, energetic material training and equipment, specialized law enforcement equipment and training, radio interoperability equipment, weapons of mass destruction training, incident command/management training and a city mobile command vehicle with satellite and web capable technology. 

In the spring of 2004 we helped plan and participated in a large scale multi-agency exercise. Organizations that participated included Duluth Police, Gold Cross, Federal Aviation Administration, Transportation Security Administration, Duluth Airport authority, FBI, St Louis County Sheriffs Office, Hermantown Fire Department, Air Guard Fire Department, Grand Rapids Chemical Assessment Team, State of Minnesota Homeland Security, National Guard Civil Support Team, Northwest Airline, St Mary's, St Luke's, DTA, Duluth Fire Department, and Duluth's State Hazmat team.

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