Lakeport Police Department (LPD) Officer Ryan Cooley and Lakeport Fire Protection District (LFPD) Firefighter Brandon Morin successfully completed the Federal Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings (IRTB) course at the New Mexico Tech Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center (EMRTC) in December. The training was paid for under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Homeland Security National Training Program Cooperative Agreement.
Officer Cooley and Firefighter Morin joined 50 other law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency personnel from throughout the United States in the IRTB course which provides first responders with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely respond to terrorist incidents involving explosives.
The IRTB course focuses on first responder health and safety by addressing personal protection issues that arise when responding to terror incidents involving commercial and homemade explosives. The course also includes information on the recognition of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs); terrorist organizations, both foreign and domestic; and lessons learned from past terrorist incidents, preparing first responders to recognize and respond to bombing threats.
In addition to classroom training, Officer Cooley and Firefighter Morin spent time on the bomb range where various small and large scale explosive devices were detonated to train students.
These local officers are now certified to conduct explosive response awareness safety training for other law enforcement, fire, emergency management and school staff.
LPD Chief Brad Rasmussen and LFPD Chief Rick Bergem expressed their appreciation for the training provided to these local public safety staff who can now coordinate and train others to safely respond to these types of incidents should they occur in our community.
Congratulations to Officer Cooley and Firefighter Morin for undertaking and successfully completing this important course work and for their dedication to public service.Councilmember Appointed to Nationwide Committee
Mireya Turner, a member of the Lakeport City Council serving her second term in office, was recently appointed to the National League of Cities’ 2020 Community and Economic Development federal advocacy committee.
This committee has the lead responsibility for developing the National League of Cities (NLC) federal policy positions on issues involving housing, community and economic development, land use, recreation and parks, historic preservation and international competitiveness. The appointment was announced by NLC President Joe Buscaino, councilmember for the City of Los Angeles.
As a committee member, Turner will play a key role in shaping NLC’s policy positions and advocate on behalf of America’s cities and towns before Congress, with the administration and at home. She has previously served on and chaired committees for the California League of Cities; this is her first national appointment. She currently works as an associate planner for the City of Ukiah and has also worked for the County of Lake as a planner, experience which will help her “hit the ground running” and bring the voice of Lakeport to the federal government.
“NLC’s federal advocacy committees ensure policymakers in Washington understand the most pressing issues facing local communities,” said Buscaino. “I am proud to have Mireya Turner join NLC’s Community and Economic Development committee on behalf of her residents. Together, with a team of local officials from across the country, we will strengthen the federal-local partnership, and ultimately create stronger cities, towns and villages.”
The leadership of this year’s committee consists of representatives from city councils in Mesa, Arizona; Sparks, Nevada; and Greenbelt, Maryland. “I am honored and excited for the opportunity to bring Lakeport’s rural city voice to this national table, and to glean new ideas from cities around the country,” Turner states.
City staff and her fellow council members anticipate the strong advocacy efforts on behalf of Lakeport and rural communities that Councilmember Turner will bring to this appointment.
Doing Business in Lakeport
The City of Lakeport recognizes the value and importance of all business operations, large and small. Starting a new business, expanding an existing business, or buying a business can involve many issues and the need for information and resources. City staff and volunteers from the Lakeport Economic Development Advisory Committee (LEDAC) have developed a guide to help new and seasoned business owners find answers and navigate the licensing and permitting process. The Guide may be found at City Hall and online at Guide to Doing Business in Lakeport.
Additional information and demographics about the retail environment in Lakeport may be found on the City’s website under Economic Development/Retail Enhancement and Opportunities.
Margaret Silveira, City Manager