Training of the OvD officers on November 7.
PHILIPSBURG–The Police Force recently concluded its “Officier van Dienst” (OvD) training conducted by officers Henk Velthuis and Jan Toubes. OvD is crisis management training, which is of great importance for the direct control and handling of large-scale and/or special incidents.
The session was held at the Fire Department office in Cay Hill on November 7. The training focused on the various responsibilities of each dispatch centre in the midst of a crisis call, how to give the best response service possible and how to work towards strengthening the working relationship among the departments’ dispatch centres.
Arcides Cristina of the Ambulance Department and Nico van Zand of the Fire Department were among the guest speakers who spoke about the importance of a functioning relationship among the departments’ dispatchers, awareness of what each department encounters on its emergency calls and the relevance of effective communication between the dispatch centre and the first responders prior to arrival on the scene of an incident.
This OvD training was the first time the dispatchers of the different departments were all in the same room together having a discussion about each other’s processes.