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NewPage named facility of the year
RUMFORD -– Oxford County Local Emergency Planning Committee chairperson Teresa M. Inman announced the committee’s recognition of the NewPage Rumford Mill as Facility of the Year 2010 for their outstanding efforts in planning, reporting, exercising and exceeding Emergency Preparedness and Response activities and requirements.
In 2010, NewPage began the planning process for a table top exercise conducted in January 2011. Throughout the process, NewPage representatives worked closely with other members of the exercise planning team to create an exercise that would be unique and not only challenge its staff, but also first responders, county staff, and nearby municipal leaders.
“For the first time in a facility exercise, municipal leaders were brought together to collaborate and make informed decisions that best served their citizens. The set up of the NewPage Emergency Operations Center was invaluable and allowed efficient communication of incident information and the ability to give technical guidance to the first responders in the field,” noted Inman.
Additionally, the NewPage Emergency Response Team was recognized for their continued dedication and technical expertise in the field of hazardous materials response.
“They are always can be counted on to participate in exercises and training, are willing to work with neighboring teams, mentor new technicians through the county, and give technical guidance to the Decontamination Strike Team, which is based in Oxford Hills. They are not only an asset to Rumford and Oxford County, but also to all of Western Maine,” added Inman.
NewPage was presented with both awards at a ceremony held at their EOC on May 31st.