Emergency services teams and their command staff successful mitigated chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive incidents during three-days of homeland security training exercises that tested numerous agencies throughout the region stated third-party reports. But the reports also denoted areas where more training and equipment could further improve regional response to such incidents.
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An emergency telecommunicator career and technical education program at Austin Independent School District’s Akins High School is prepping students for a future in public safety communications, but it is also helping fulfill a need in the emergency response industry. The program has partnered with the Combined Transportation and Emergency Communications Center (CTECC) agencies — Austin-Travis County EMS, Austin Fire Department, Austin Police Department and Travis County Sheriff’s Office — to give students real-life experience in the field, and this year, CAPCOG joined in educating the students.
Often considered the first, first responder, 9-1-1 call takers and emergency telecommunicators play a more than vital role in local communities’ public safety operations. CAPCOG, operating as the Capital Area Emergency Communications District, encourages all local governments and the public to join it in recognizing emergency telecommunicators’ dedication to protecting their communities during National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week, April 9-15.
The CAPCOG Regional Services Division in February completed an analysis of three years of surveys that polled the public about their knowledge and commitment to regional air quality. CAPCOG will use the analysis to enhance its public outreach and education campaigns during the ozone action season by directing efforts to demographics that are less informed but are more likely to take action.
Communities in Round Rock, Austin, and Kingsland are hosting evidence based intervention programs managed by Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area that benefit the mental, physical and emotional health of older adults and their caregivers. The agency is seeking more communities throughout the CAPCOG region to host additional programs in 2017.
CAPCOG will host two training workshops in April for criminal justice professionals that focus on helping victims and understanding teen drug use. The workshops are geared toward professions such as court judges, peace officers, victim advocates, and even school educators, so they can improve their understanding of the criminal justice process and further help prevent crimes throughout the region.
The Criminal Justice Advisory Committee (CJAC) will rank all the Governor's Office Criminal Justice Division, General Victim Assistance Direct Services Grant applications submitted from organizations within the CAPCOG ten-county region. CJAC will conduct the ranking based on the Criminal Justice Division's state priorities.
The Criminal Justice Advisory Committee (CJAC) will rank all the Governor's Office Criminal Justice Division, Juvenile Justice – Local Projects & Violence Against Women Justice and Training Projects grants applications that were submitted from organizations within the CAPCOG ten-county region. CJAC will conduct the ranking based on the Criminal Justice Division's state priorities.
CAPCOG’s Central Texas Clean Air Coalition is having a joint air quality meeting with the Alamo Area Council of Governments. The two organizations will discuss air quality issues in both regions.
CAPCOG is hosting Priority Dispatch for a weekend-long Emergency Fire Dispatch course in Bastrop. The course provides instruction to student for providing accurate pre-arrival instructions in situations requiring a fire department response.
The Criminal Justice Advisory Committee (CJAC) will rank all the Governor's Office Criminal Justice Division, Justice Assistance Grants applications that were submitted from organizations within the CAPCOG ten-county region. CJAC will conduct the ranking based on the Criminal Justice Division's state priorities.
CAPCOG is hosting the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Victim Services Division for a three-hour workshop that helps ensure victims are heard during all stages of the criminal justice process, “Victim Impact Statement: The Victim’s Voice in the Criminal Justice Process”.