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Will County group goes to terrorism training

JOLIET – Will County law enforcement and emergency officials attended a four-day seminar on terrorism response in the Washington, D.C., area at the end of April.

“We had half of our police chiefs there. We had half of our fire chiefs there,” Will County Emergency Management Agency Director Harold Damron said last week while giving a report on the seminar to county board members.

He said 55 people from Will County attended the “Integrated Emergency Management” course at the Emergency Management Institute.

“With some exceptions, it was all funded by [Federal Emergency Management Agency],” Damron told the Public Health and Safety Committee.

Will County applied to be accepted into the seminar and was one of six jurisdictions in the U.S. that took part, he said. The focus was on integrating operations among police, fire and other departments from different municipalities in response to a terrorist attack.

Others that took part were local hospital and government staff, he said.

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