By Carla O’Day
A recent audit on existing emergency management and response training at Reno Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority facilities found there are opportunities to improve.
RSCVA human resources manager Sheri Nill said the audit was done following an attack by a suicide bomber last month at Manchester Arena in England during an Ariana Grande concert that killed 23 people and injured 119 others.
The RSCVA board on Thursday approved labor cost of $2,180 to put its leadership through National Incident Management System training. Promoted by the Department of Homeland Security, NIMS training provides a template enabling federal, state, and local governments—as well as non-governmental agencies—to work together to prepare for and respond to emergency situations.
Training would take place on RSCVA properties, which consist of the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center, Reno Events Center, and National Bowling Stadium.
Goals include improving communication with first responders, increasing safety for the public during events, and improving safety for staff.
“There are opportunities to standardize training in all locations,” Nill said.
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Carla has an undergraduate degree in journalism and more than 10 years experience as a daily newspaper reporter. She grew up in Jacksonville, Fla., moved to the Reno area in 2002 and wrote for the Reno Gazette-Journal for 8 years, covering a variety of topics. Prior to that, she covered local government in Fort Pierce, Fla.