Public Safety Fair highlights first responders







More than 450 people gathered at the Oneonta Public Library Saturday to meet and greet the more than 20 agencies whose members respond to disasters and emergencies. The event emphasized two points: preparedness for all disasters and emergencies, and the fact that like politics, all first response is local. While state and federal agencies may join in within 48 to 72 hours, the initial agencies to respond are your friends and neighbors who make up local response teams. Many of those were represented at this event: fire and police departments, emergency management workers, EMS teams, Lifesaver airlift, forestry workers, church disaster relief groups, food relief specialists, the National Guard, and others – all representing assets available to respond immediately to local crises. This was the fourth annual public safety fair hosted by the library. – Ron Gholson

More than 450 people gathered at the Oneonta Public Library Saturday to meet and greet the more than 20 agencies whose members respond to disasters and emergencies. The event emphasized two points: preparedness for all disasters and emergencies, and the fact that like politics, all first response is local. While state and federal agencies may join in within 48 to 72 hours, the initial agencies to respond are your friends and neighbors who make up local response teams. Many of those were represented at this event: fire and police departments, emergency management workers, EMS teams, Lifesaver airlift, forestry workers, church disaster relief groups, food relief specialists, the National Guard, and others – all representing assets available to respond immediately to local crises. This was the fourth annual public safety fair hosted by the library. – Ron Gholson