Telecommunicator Emergency Response Taskforce
September 2012 / Issue:01
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On August 30, 2012 Louisiana TERT State Coordinator Violet Anderson notified NJTI-TERT Co-Chairs Sherry Decker and Natalie Duran of a TERT request by St. John the Baptist Parish (SJP). The PSAP is overloaded with requests for service and have been working all

(left to right)
Erika McComis, Chris Ellsworth, Roxanna Johnson, Cindy Moorhead
Telecommunicators, who are also victims, non-stop.
The 8 member TERT Team consists of 6 members and 2 Team Leaders. The team will be relieving St. John Parish Sherriff's Office which has been working pushing 40 hours without relief. The anticipated length of time the team is needed is a minimum of 4 days. Each member was instructed to follow ANSI standards and bring 72 hours of food and clothing.
Name Agency
Roxanna Johnson, Team Leader Frisco PD
Chris Ellsworth Frisco PD
Steven Jones Bayown PD
Erika McComis, Team Leader Bridgeport PD
Danita Chapa Lubbock SO
Toye Harmon Lubbock SO
Janie Arguello Lubbock SO
Cindy Moorhead DFW Airport DPS
TERT Basic Training for Telecommunicators
TCLEOSE Course #3817
Date: September 25, 2012, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: North Central Texas Council of Governments
Cost: FREE
TERT Team Leader
TCLEOSE Course #3819
Date: September 26, 2012, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: North Central Texas Council of Governments
Cost: FREE
Upcoming Training:
Basic & Team Leader
Date: October 26 & 27, 2012
Location: Daytona, FL at Florida APCO conference.
Basic & Team Leader
Date: November 12 & 13, 2012
Location: Washington State- Criminal Justice Institute. Hosted by WS TERT Committee Chair: Cory Ahrens.
TERT Basic Awareness Class-0800-1700
Date: November 2, 2012
Location: Emergency Communications Department (City of Rochester/County of Monroe) NY.
TERT Basic Awareness Class- 0800-1700
Date: November 13, 2012
Location: Westchester County Emergency Services, Valhalla, NY.
TERT Team Leader Training- 0800-1700
Date: November 14, 2012
Location: Westchester County Emergency Services, Valhalla, NY.

Paul Ganem, Natalie Duran (left) Sherry Decker (right)
Thank you Paul Ganem, Training Specialist at FEMA, and a long time member
of our NJTI TERT family, for your tireless work implementing the Telecommunicator Emergency Response Taskforce (TERT) on-line training course. Paul's dedication, working closely with both APCO and NENA has fostered extraordinary relationships between the three organizations. The on-line training course is designed to train experienced telecommunicators in one Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) to assist another temporary, alternate, or permanent PSAP when assistance is needed.
The primary purpose of this training program is to provide experienced telecommunicators with an overview of the challenges in disaster deployments. Having an awareness of the challenges, limitations, and preparation strategies are designed to reduce the amount of stress a telecommunicator may experience prior to deployment.
This course will allow Telecommunicators to:
  • Recognize the importance of adequate preparation in deploying to a disaster area.
  • Mentally prepare for deployment to a disaster area.
  • Physically prepare for deployment to a disaster area.
  • Describe the role of interpersonal communication in a disaster area.
  • Prepare to work as a telecommunicator in a disaster area.
To find out more about the course click here.
Course Code = IS-00144
Fiscal Year = 2012
State = All States
Course Total Test Completions Failures Failure Rate
IS-00144 2833 2659 174 6.14%
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United States Forest Service was conducting a controlled burn in the week prior to deployment. Due to extremely high winds, embers from the controlled burn quickly ignited a much larger fire. By March 27th Jefferson County was quickly depleting their resources and a TERT activation was sent out that a possible deployment was in more
New York
This TERT Basic Awareness training course is designed
to train experienced call takers and dispatchers in one
public safety service answering point (PSAP) to assist another temporary, alternate, or permanent PSAP when assistance is needed. This course has been developed and approved by the National Joint TERT Initiative and meets the requirements outlined in the NJTI Model Recommendations for TERT Deployment... read more
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