Emergency command personnel from all regions of the state are undergoing intensive training to help them prepare for a large scale incident that could hit Missouri. State Fire Marshal Randy Cole says the first of three regional seven-day courses is underway in Jefferson City, with a course for St. Louis planned for next week and one for Kansas City scheduled for early in the new year. He points out this training brings together people from various departments and agencies to work with counterparts from other regions of the state in preparing emergency response plans. Cole says it is critical that emergency management people who are going to be coordinating tasks during disasters already have some level of familiarity with their counterparts from other cities, counties, and regions of the state.
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