Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Chesco is honored for emergency services

CHESTER COUNTY

Emergency services department feted

WEST CHESTER Chester County is the first in Pennsylvania to earn full accreditation from a national emergency-management program for its ability to respond to disasters.

The county's Department of Emergency Services is one of about 50 local, state, and federal programs throughout the country that has achieved the status from the Emergency Management Accreditation Program Commission, the only such accreditation agency. The commission recognized Chester County for the way it has brought together resources from various agencies before, during, and after an emergency.

The commission evaluates emergency-management programs based on 16 areas, including planning, training, communications, and warning.

The accreditation means "recognition that our emergency-management program is an elite program," said Patty Mains, spokeswoman for the county's Department of Emergency Services.

Earning the accreditation validates the work of Chester County's 5,000 emergency responders and of the Department of Emergency Services' 208 employees, said Edward Atkins, the department's director.

- Michaelle Bond

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