Date: 4-20-07

For immediate release.

HCC Receives $29,565 Homeland Security Grant

Haywood Community College’s Public Safety Training department recently received a Homeland Security Grant in the amount of $29,565. The grant is from the North Carolina Community College System from the Department of Crime Control and Public Safety-Division of Emergency Management.

The purpose of the grant will be to provide National Incident Management System (NIMS) training and related services. This training will be used by first responders in their effort to protect human life, stabilize incidents, protect property, and reduce impact to the environment.

According to Jeff Haynes, HCC’s Coordinator of Public Safety Training, “The cost involved in providing instructional materials and utilizing qualified instructors within the advanced deliveries of the Incident Command Systems is in most cases outside of our budgetary range, but the need is great and essential to allow for a complete and full response process as we move to effectively educate and coordinate our training and standardize our response to the needs of the community.”

Through this grant, HCC would like to offer several courses, such as Multi-Hazards in Schools, Community Mass Care Management, Mass Fatality Response, and Warning Coordination, as well as many others.

“The need for readily available equipment would allow for prompt and needed training to occur and allow our first responders the quality educational opportunities that will only enhance our knowledge of the NIMS,” explains Haynes, “therefore making our county a model of compliance with other federal, state, and local government entities.”