Senior officials in Rockford gathered together at the RMTD facility on Lyford Road to get a lesson in community disaster preparedness by the Rockford Fire Department.
The department held a Senior Officials Workshop on Wednesday to help prepare people like Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey, members of the Public Works Department, members of the Rockford Police Department, and even volunteers with the United Way to prepare for the worst.
The group discussed disaster and response tactics and then practiced putting them into action.
"When you do in fact work a disaster with these community partners, you're prepared because you've worked with them before in some less stress environments, and some environments that we're able to make some mistakes when lives are not on the line," Rockford Fire Department Division Chief Matthew Knott said.
The program is held through Texas A&M's Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) program, which reaches 22 million people through service and outreach programs each year.
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