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Telecommunicator Emergency Response Taskforce

An exerpt from KEMA newsletter… 


Telecommunicator Emergency Response Task Force


The National Joint Telecommunicator Emergency Response Task Force Initiative (TERT) is a partnership between APCO and NENA that has worked to develop the many facets of a TERT program and to help states develop who do not yet have an active TERT program. TERT involves a comprehensive program that includes assistance to individual states in developing programs that would lead to the establishment of predetermined and selected trained teams of individuals who can be mobilized quickly and deployed to assist communications centers during disasters.


Locally, the Kentucky Chapters of APCO and NENA have taken initial steps to bring this program to Kentucky. Sherrie Masden with Louisville Metro Emergency Services has taken a lead role and will be spearheading the initiative here. More information about NJTI-TERT is project is available on their website at Additionally there is a  FEMA Independent Study course (IS-144) that provides a good amount of information which you can use toward your annual training requirements.



Congratulations TERT Executive Board


The first TERT meeting was held Friday, November 6th and the following members have accepted positions on the E-Board: 


Josh Glover-President

Nathan Hamilton-Vice President


Debra Robinson-Secretary


Candy Wilson-Treasurer


Shelby Horn-Member at Large


Chris Bowman-Member at Large


Kevin Woosley-Member at Large


Russ Clark-State Coordinator


The E-Board plans to have a meeting on November 18, 2015 and will share additional information quickly!  The Mission Statement will be the same as the National Level TERT, yet the team will work on a Vision Statement for the Kentucky Chapter.


Mission Statement


In partnership, the National Emergency Number Association and the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials-International are dedicated to the development of a nationally recognized certification program for telecommunicator mutual aid response in the aftermath of disasters, providing information as to operational deployment of Telecommunicator Emergency Response Taskforce (TERT) programs and taking a leadership role in assisting governmental agencies in the development of TERT-style programs at the regional, state and local levels.


TERT Meeting


Friday, November 6, 2015


Thank you for your interest in being a part of the TERT (Telecommunicator  Emergency Response Taskforce) working group.  If you are not interested in being a part of the working group but interested in the initiative please let



 TERT is a group of trained individuals who respond in order to relieve, assist, or augment PSAP’s affected by natural or man-made disasters at a local, state, regional, or national level.


The first meeting will be Friday November 6th at 10am at the Elizabethtown Police Department Community Room. (300 South Mulberry St.)  If you know of anyone else interested please invite them.

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