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County to hire emergency manager

October 2, 2013

FAIRMONT — Facing more requirements for emergency management, Martin County commissioners on Tuesday debated the need for a full-time director before approving the new positio....

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Oct-02-13 7:28 AM

Emergency Manager? In Martin County? Does every county have an EM? More government spending on a position that is not needed. To Marquart - move a deputy to the position.

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Oct-02-13 8:20 AM

Emergency, Emergency, we're broke and have rediculous mandates handed to us. Thanks for voting no Steve & Steve.

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Oct-02-13 10:43 PM

Not only do you need a person to fill the position, but office space, a car, radio, etc. 10-15 years ago I tried to get involved w/ Faribault County and it's emergency management. I am a ham radio operator and there was a "push" to assist EMS and law enforcement w/ communications. I only wanted to volunteer my time and expertise, but the authorities would have nothing to do w/ it. Now-a-days everyone must be "credentialed" and "Incident Command System (ICS)" trained.

More of our tax dollars at work and regulations thrust upon us. Why do we "give" in taxes only to "receive" it back in the form of a grant?

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Oct-03-13 2:47 AM

An Emergency Management is a much needed resource - Look at Wadena, MN after the EF-4 tornado went through their county! They were so well planned, that everything from response of emergency responders, assisting with shelter, cleanup, and grants from FEMA... It almost went off without a hitch... This position is a FULL TIME position - You say it's a waste of tax payers money, but yet, what happens when you are left in an emergency and have no where to go... nobody to direct you, then you'll complain that the County didn't do anything for you! This is a must need position for Fairmont/Martin County. They do more than what you think they do! I've seen first hand devastation and I have seen first hand what an Emergency manager does.. This is hands down the best thing for Martin County...

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Oct-03-13 7:47 AM

Oh please - we can't survive without "mother government" holding our hand? If a disaster happens, the neighbors of Martin County would band together and get thru the issue. There are so many good people in this area and we are already paying for Sheriff / Police - we don't need this "convenience".

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Oct-03-13 1:56 PM

What is Emergency Management? Emergency management is the managerial function charged with creating the framework within which communities reduce vulnerability to hazards and cope with disasters.

Name me one local agency that can help prepare the county for an emegency? Sure we have fire and police and the Sheriff, but who has the expertiose to put the plans together? An Emergency Manager. WHo is Truman going to call when a truck carrying ammonia crashes and releases 40,000 pounds of ammonia, what about a release of methyl ethyl death on I-90. What about the flodding or tornados or other event you name it. An Emergency Manager works FULL TIME and then some planning for these and preparring the correct agencies. Martin County is larger than Fairmont and has many risks that need to be planned for.

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Oct-15-13 3:13 PM

Yes counties have an EM that is a very important position in local government. This person can concentrate on making sure that Martin County gets what it needs and also is up on all available grants and federal and state programs that keep you the citizens on Martin county safe. Who do you think was instrumental in getting people and fire departments what they needed during the flooding a few years back? The sheriff who was also the EM contacted the correct folks and we hand EM's from other counties not affected come in and help. This county needs their own EM and I am happy that the board could see that the county was lacking and stepped in to help. Money is tight but spent in the correct way is not a waste.

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