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ETHSC names Van de Vate committee chair


The East Tennessee Homeland Security Council elected an executive committee at its last meeting on March 24. The council is an organization of local emergency service providers from a 16-county region in East Tennessee. Serving as chair of the committee is Dwight Van de Vate, chief deputy of the Knox County Sheriff’s Department; Jefferson County Sheriff David Davenport is vice chair and Chief Karl Keierleber from Rural/Metro is the secretary-treasurer.

Members at large are Jeff Bond, assistant director of Campbell County EMA/EMS; Lt. Jeff Stiles, Knoxville Police Department; Larry Waters, Sevier County mayor; Steve Gibbs, Wackenhut; Larry Kluck, intelligence officer, U.S. Attorney’s Office; and Chief Mark Lucas, Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

The Security Council was developed to provide a multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional, multi-disciplinary approach to critical incidents with an emphasis on involving local emergency personnel (rescue squads, volunteer fire agencies, rural sheriffs’ offices and small police departments). The council has held four meetings since it was formed in April 2003. Attendance has been approximately 100 to 200 people at each gathering.

The next meeting is scheduled at 10 a.m. on June 23 at the Anderson County High School. Planning is underway for the first regional exercise, which is scheduled for Sept. 9.)

 

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