REDMOND, Ore. -

A team of Redmond School District staff members and local first responders recently attended the Multihazard Emergency Planning for Schools course hosted at the FEMA National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Md.

The course provides school district teams with the knowledge, skills and tools needed to develop, review, enhance and sustain an all threats/hazards school emergency operations plan.

Participants learn how to leverage community resources to plan for, protect against, mitigate, respond to and recover from emergencies.

Redmond School District was one of five school district teams selected from across the country to participate in this free training held on the Emergency Management Institute campus in June. 

“As a parent with two children in the Redmond School District, I am excited to see the commitment from the district and these agencies to the safety of the children in our schools,” shared Dick Knorr, battalion chief with Redmond Fire & Rescue. “This collaboration will help to ensure that our protocol in responding to school emergencies will be state-of-the-art.”

The team consisted of the following individuals:

  • J.B. Demaris, Director of Support Services, Redmond School District
  • Nicole MacTavish, RHS Principal, Redmond School District
  • Gina Blanchette, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent, Redmond School District
  • Kelly Richard, Communications Coordinator, Redmond School District
  • Marcy Tretheway, Facilities Manager, Redmond School District
  • Officer Lee Gilbert, School Resource Officer, Redmond Police Department
  • Dick Knorr, Battalion Chief, Redmond Fire & Rescue
  • Sgt. Nathan Garibay, Emergency Services Manager, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office

“The Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to collaborative processes such as the emergency planning process being undertaken by Redmond School District,” Garibay said. “I truly appreciated the opportunity to attend with a dedicated group of professionals from across disciplines. The concepts explored at training and the teamwork of agencies involved will undoubtedly lead to a functional and comprehensive emergency plan.”