Emergency officials are ready to revive the Public Safety Council | AspenTimes.com

Emergency officials are ready to revive the Public Safety Council

Aspen Times Staff Report

The Pitkin County Public Safety Council, a 20-year-old organization that has not met since 1994 or 1995, will try to get back on track next month.

The council is made up of representatives from every emergency response organization in the county, including police, fire departments, emergency medical response teams, hospitals, and mountain rescue.

Aspen Fire Chief Darryl Grob said the council met on a fairly regular basis from 1978 until 1995.

“Clearly a vacuum has come to exist in the consensus development, training, and mutual support of our ability to consistently operate multijurisdictional and multiagency emergency incidents in Pitkin County,” Grob wrote in a letter to emergency service providers.

When asked at Monday’s City Council brown bag work session if the safety council’s role would complement the county’s emergency services coordinator, Grob replied: “There are some problems with that position.”

He said after the meeting the coordinator position was under review and that a new job description is being drafted.

A meeting to reinstate the Public Safety Council is scheduled for Feb. 17 at 9:30 a.m. at the fire station in downtown Aspen. Grob said the public is invited to attend.

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