EMS changes since 9/11

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- The U.S Department of Energy hosts an annual Emergency Management Forum in Oak Ridge called "Ten Years After 9/11... Changes in America."

Emergency officials met to discuss the many changes over the year and reflect on how 9/11 reshaped America's security and the role of emergency services.

Leon Duquella of the Department of Energy said "There's more communication between agencies. There's also more cross training and shared information between departments."

That day also changed most of our views on terrorism.

Commander Jeff Brown of the 45th Civil Support Team said, "Threats existed prior to 9/11 but when we were attacked it brought the threat home. It gave us a sense of urgency."

An urgency that helped to develop a civil support team for every state that would help emergency officials in another attack.

"If there is a hazard material type of event possibly a terrorist event dealing with biological, chemical or nuclear. Our team will go in, detect it and sample it in one of our mobile labs." said Commander Brown

Just a few examples of changes that serve one purpose in the fight against terrorism- to be more prepared in the future.


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