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Vermont Public Safety Commissioner and EMHS Director visit Republic of Macedonia

posted at 9:12 am Thu Oct 16th, 2014 by (WherezIt_Staff)

Officials exchange ideas and practices with public safety officials of Macedonia at the invitation of VT National Guard

Vermont Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn and Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director Joe Flynn recently returned from a mission to the Republic of Macedonia. The trip was at the request of the Vermont National Guard State Partnership Program (SPP) and financed by the Guard.

The Commissioner and Director, along with representatives from the VT National Guard, conducted a high-level assessment of the Macedonian Crisis Management Center (CMC), which is similar to the Vermont Emergency Operations Center. The party also learned how the CMC structure is integrated across the whole of government and how procedures and methods may be applied in Vermont.

The mission also included assessments of and meetings with officials from the Ministry of the Interior, the Skopje Fire Chief, Secretary General of the Macedonian Red Cross, and the Military medical center. They also met with U.S. Ambassador Paul Wohlers and the Chief of General Staff of the Army of the Republic of Macedonia.

"We always strive to incorporate best practices in our public safety planning in Vermont," Commissioner Flynn said. "Whether those practices come from neighboring states or other nations, there is always more we can learn about keeping Vermonters safe in all levels of public safety."

Emergency officials from Macedonia have visited Vermont and the state Emergency Operations Center on multiple occasions to learn how the process here could benefit their CMC.

"This relationship with Macedonia through the National Guard has been mutually beneficial over the years," DEMHS Director Joe Flynn said. "It was a great learning experience for us to see first-hand how the Macedonian government and responders react to emergencies. The specific hazards in our two countries may differ in some ways - but emergency planning is universal."

Photographs from the trip are available upon request.

For more information contact VT DEMHS Public Information Officer Mark Bosma at 800-347-0488 or

Relevant Address(es):
Waterbury, VT 05676 (Set as Local)

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