Clallam County Fire District No. 3 firefighter/EMT Lee Forderer, left, helps Lindsey Anderson, try on some firefighting equipment in 2014. (Mike Dashiell/Olympic Peninsula News Group)

Clallam County Fire District No. 3 firefighter/EMT Lee Forderer, left, helps Lindsey Anderson, try on some firefighting equipment in 2014. (Mike Dashiell/Olympic Peninsula News Group)

Sequim Schools to host emergency service, safety forum

SEQUIM — The Sequim School District plans a forum to address a variety of safety issues and potential crises that could affect the community, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Sequim High School auditorium, 533 N. Sequim Ave.

The forum will be free and open to the public.

Sequim Schools Superintendent Gary Neal said the forum is meant to target prevention, response and recovery methods in crisis management.

The forum is in partnership with the Sequim Police Department, Clallam County Fire District No. 3, Clallam County Sheriff Office and the city of Sequim.

Sequim Police Chief Sheri Crain, Fire District No. 3 Chief Ben Andrews, Sequim City Manager Charlie Bush and Brian King, the Clallam County Sheriff Office chief criminal deputy, will present how their departments work with the district during a potential community crisis.

“This is the first [the district] has done anything like this,” Neal said. “We’ve been working with fire and law for the past couple years and so we we’re having conversations about next steps, and we started talking about doing a forum.”

The forum will discuss prevention, response, and recovery protocols for some natural disasters, such as in the event of an earthquake or tsunami, as well as in the event of an active shooter.

“Our goal is to give an idea to the community about some of the practices out there and how we all work together in case of an emergency,” Neal said.

“We have to use all our resources to help out in case something happens in the community.”

The forum will feature presentations and a question-and-answer segment with a moderator.

For more information about the safety forum, visit Sequim School District’s website at sequimschools.org or call the district office at 360-582-3260.

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