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By Deb Brumley
For The Sentinel 

FEMA media conference held in Goldendale


Deb Brumley, for The Sentinel

MEET THE PRESS: Bob Songer has 40 years of regional law enforcement experience and training, but came to the first collaborative emergency management Public Involvement Officer training Monday, March 11, in Goldendale, to improve his PIO skills. He is shown with class instructor, Mitch Baker.

“Remember the bridge, the five Ws plus one, and take a deep breath.” These instructions and more were given out repeatedly Monday, March 11, by Mitch Baker, the Rural Domestic Preparedness (RDP) Trainer, to the overflowing room of area first responders and other local organizational representatives who might wear a communication hat at some point during their professional workday. The attendees, who spent most of their first workday of the week absorbing basic first responder communications skills, will earn a certificate entitled, “Dealing With the Media.”

The national training was brought to Goldendale by Ed Powell, Klickitat County Emergency Management Coordinator, and held in...

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