Rolling out the brand new 2019 ICS-400: Advanced ICS at the Illinois Air National Guard

Goooooood morning all! Reporting live from the Illinois Air National Guard base for the new 2019 ICS-400 course!

Proud to partner with our Department of Defense assets from the US Air Force.

Outstanding kickoff from Chief Otto this morning as we continue to enhance the skills of everyone from across the State of Illinois.

As we kick off the class, it’s great to see participation from various agencies. Lots to discuss as logistical challenges between DHS vs DoD that clearly extend beyond resources and cost funding allocation.

Learning through realistic training helps concrete concepts presented…esp scenarios on area command.

Love seeing the familiar faces as we continue preparing our disaster responses pros from across the State of Illinois

Group work allows for all parties to contribute and openly discuss challenges they have seen with disaster operations.

It’s rare that locals get to partner and train with regional assets. In fact, in our new training, we get to showcase the skills of other larger national assets who focus on logistical support…like the Illinois Air National Guard – 182nd AirWing.

We close out the day talking about the importance of the EOC and how it supports the roles of Unified Command (UC) or Area Command and all the Incident Command Posts (ICPs) in the field.

Sharing the importance of good situational awareness and a common operating picture is critical in the success of any emergency response and the recovery of the community.

We often find that communities successfully recovery after a disaster much quicker if they are better prepared and exercise their plans…..yep, that’s called community resilience.

Proud to share our response successes with all of our participants from across the State of Illinois.

More tomorrow!

@rusnivek

Dauphin flight during Oshkosh 2016

Love seeing this video of a Dauphin flight at Oshkosh – thanks to the USCG Traverse City (MI) and Steve Kinevo.

The aircraft hum.

The start/lift sequence.

The pilot/crew challenge.

Not going to lie, I kinda miss being in a rotor wing aircraft now.

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@rusnivek

Statement on Hospital Wing / Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital (TN) crash #LODD

I extend my sympathies for the loss of life in Tennessee following this morning’s Hospital Wing crash in Somerville (Fayette County) Tennessee.

Initial reports show that no patients were onboard the Eurocopter AS350 during flight. Emergency crews on scene have reported 3 deaths including Hospital Wing Pilot Charles Smith, Pedi-Flite Nurse Carrie Barlow and Pedi-Flite Respiratory Therapist Denise Adams.

Local and regional authorities are leading the investigation and recovery as well as providing assistance as needed.

Numerous agencies have been in close contact with the Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and Hospital Wing flight program and all stand ready to provide assistance as requested.

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I encourage everyone to support the fallen flight crew’s families and those who work with them in their time of need.

@rusnivek