On February 1, 2013, Chief Richard Stanley, Chairman of the Wareham Local Emergency Planning Committee, was notified by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) that the Wareham Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) application for full Certification had been approved by the State Emergency Response Commission.
The Wareham Local Emergency Planning Committee is comprised of all emergency response agencies and town officials in Wareham, who plan for emergency situations and disasters in a cooperative team effort to provide the best response and services possible during crisis situations. Along with creating an All Hazards Response Plan for natural disasters, storms, and other major events, the LEPC is also responsible for compiling data on chemicals and hazardous materials in the community and integrating that data into response plans. Although required by law, a LEPC has never been officially organized in Wareham until now.
Doug Forbes, who is the MEMA local coordinator, commended the Wareham Emergency Planning Committee in achieving full certification, adding, “The Wareham certification application and plan were among the best that I have reviewed in my 28 years with MEMA. I would like to especially thank Chief Richard Stanley and Lt. John Walcek for their hard work and dedication while leading their committee to this most important achievement.”
Participants in the LEPC include the Wareham Police Department, Wareham Fire Department, Onset Fire Department, Harbormaster Department, Board of Health, Wareham Emergency Medical Service, Municipal Maintenance, Tobey Hospital, and the Plymouth County Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition.
Chief Richard Stanley praised all of the emergency agency representatives whose coordinated efforts were instrumental in the Certification of the Wareham LEPC, making Wareham one of a select group of towns to achieve Certification status, which will ultimately lead to better and more efficient preparedness and response actions during crisis situations in Wareham.