As a former Search and Rescue volunteer in Colorado and a backcountry wilderness guide, I have always had an interest in emergency management and response. That interest led me to the March 23 Coconino County and City of Flagstaff Emergency Response Open House.
I was pleasantly surprised by and comforted to learn that the county’s and city’s emergency management teams are well coordinated and have the training and equipment to deal with any emergency likely to happen in our county. The command center on Gemini Road contained all of the different components needed to respond to an emergency and the informational infrastructure to coordinate a response among different departments. The men and women serving our community were professionally trained, responded to questions with clarity and depth and were poised with confidence in their capacity to respond.
Given the Schultz Fire, flooding and other emergencies we have already experienced, I felt confident that our community is well served by our law enforcement, fire departments, hazmat responders and numerous dedicated volunteers. I thank all of them for their dedication.