|Under the direction of Clark County Manager Virginia Valentine and Clark County Emergency Manager Jim O’Brien, Ph.D., I had the privilege of interacting with key decision makers from all aspects of local government as we learned and practiced various components of disaster recovery. I feel confident in saying we have some of the most competent professionals working on our behalf throughout Southern Nevada. Specifically, the program, which was taught at the Emergency Management Institute in conjunction with FEMA, was designed to assist us in preparing for and to allow us to practice our response and recovery efforts as a result of a devastating earthquake in Southern Nevada.
I participated and observed as members of Clark County, the City of Las Vegas, and Henderson put their skills to work, pulling together a multitude of resources which were each strategically placed to ensure life and safety issues were addressed as safely and quickly as possible. These folks, in conjunction with members of the private business sector, and other volunteer services such as the Salvation Army, Catholic Charities and Red Cross, also participated in the week-long exercise. I left this exercise with a better understanding, appreciation and absolute confidence in our ability to respond effectively to a disaster.
I would be remiss not to extend a sincere sense of appreciation to Sergeant James Reed, who retired after serving this fine community in excess of 20 years. Sergeant Reed wrote local, state, and federal grants throughout his tenure. Through the grant writing process, he obtained hundreds of thousands of dollars for our community. Some of the projects Sergeant Reed managed were the lap top computer program, COPS More Officer Program, Office of Traffic Safety Grants, Joining Forces Grants and the Bullet Proof Vest Grants. Boulder City is clearly a safer place due to his grant writing efforts. In addition to his work with grants, Sergeant Reed managed our vehicle fleet for the better part of his career and was a graduate of the Northwestern Staff and Command School. On behalf of the entire Police Department staff and the community, it is my honor to say thank you for all of your efforts throughout the last 20 years as you put your life on the line to make Boulder City a safer place to live, work and visit.
Until next month, stay safe.
John Chase can be reached via his e-mail address at Jchase@bcnv.org.