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Sullivan BOCES and the Sullivan County Office for Emergency Management/Homeland Security held a county-wide emergency tabletop drill on Nov 2nd.

Sullivan BOCES in collaboration with the Sullivan County Office for Emergency Management/Homeland Security held a county-wide emergency tabletop drill today for Sullivan County school districts and emergency responders. Rick Sauer, Commissioner for the County’s Division of Public Safety, facilitated the drill.

Robert Dufour, Ed. D, District Superintendent at Sullivan BOCES, welcomed the group and explained the importance of planning and collaboration amongst the school districts and emergency responders. “This is just the beginning of our joint efforts to enhance our existing plans to ensure the safety of students,” stated Dufour.

According to Alex Rau, 911 Coordinator, “This drill was a phenomenal first step in opening the dialogue and building relationships between school districts and emergency responders.”

“Getting the school districts together with our emergency responders is so important to help us prepare. I look forward to working with Sullivan BOCES and the County as we continue our planning,” said Patrick Sullivan, Assistant Middle School Principal at Liberty CSD.

According to John Hauschild, Sullivan County Fire Coordinator, “Today’s session was very informative. Hearing the responsibilities of all parties involved will assist everyone in their understanding of each other’s roles and how we can work together to address emergencies.”

“I’m excited about today’s session,” said Sauer. “Everyone was able to bounce ideas off each other, and learn about how each agency can assist in the event of an emergency. I’m looking forward to continuing our dialogue and planning sessions.”