Local first responders play integral role in White House Event
They are our neighbors, shop keepers, cousins and friends. They are part of our community and we often take them for granted. They are the volunteers and paid staff that keep us safe in times of fire, conflict and disaster. They are the first responders.
During President Obama’s visit to The Rodon Group, we got to know and collaborate with these fine organizations. In all, we had the support of ten local agencies and groups assisting in the preparation for this historic event and its success.
Individuals from local police departments, fire departments, emergency medical services and a hazardous materials team were all on standby to assist as needed. The heads of these departments formed a planning team that worked in concert with federal officials.
The chief of the Hatfield Township Police Department, Mark Toomey, assumed the role of Incident Commander and was responsible for all local law enforcement operations.
The Limerick Township Police Department Police Chief, William Albany was responsible for the Montgomery County Major Incident Response Team (MIRT) security operations. Police Lieutenant Stan Turtle from Lower Providence assisted with the MIRT planning.
The Hatfield Fire Company and Chief Terry O'Donnell provided fire apparatus and staffing at the event site, in their station and space for United States Secret Service vehicles and staff.
The Volunteer Medical Service Corps of Lansdale and the Harleysville Area EMS provided 3 ambulances, a command vehicle and staffing at the event site while the Montgomery County Hazardous Materials Response Team Provided 3 hazardous materials response vehicles and staffing at the event site.
The Colmar and Hilltown Fire Companies had volunteer staff on hand at their stations and the North Penn Goodwill Service provided food, drinks and restroom facilities for the emergency responders at the event site.
Lastly, but not least, the Fire Marshall for the town of Hatfield, Mike Waldron, was responsible for coordinating all fire, rescue, emergency medical services, and hazardous materials response operations.
These men and women, who are often taken for granted, give of their time and talents everyday so that we can all live safer lives. The employees at The Rodon Group and K’NEX Brands recognize their commitment to serve the local community and for that we are very grateful.