February 7 was the LSM Class of 2019 Public Safety session. The Class of 2019 learned about regional public safety from the vantage point of first responders and explored the cooperative relationships among local first responders including law enforcement, corrections, fire/EMS, and federal agencies.
The class started the day with a tour of the St. Mary’s County Emergency Communications Center, led by Gerald Gardiner LSM’15, who is the agency’s emergency management manager. Chris Strong from the National Weather Service also spoke with the class. Major Deb Diedrich walked the participants through the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and then the group boarded the bus for the Harry Lundeburg School of Seamanship. Lunch was sponsored by the HLSS at its Paul Hall Center. A sheriff’s panel with the three county sheriffs took place (Mike Evans, Calvert; Troy Berry, Charles; Tim Cameron, St. Mary’s). Then the class moved to the Sacco Fire School where they learned about firefighting. Sgt. Todd Fleenor gave a K9 demonstration and Lt. Robert Russell oversaw a firearms demonstration before the session’s end. The day concluded with a social gathering at Old Towne Pub in Leonardtown. Thanks to program advocates Capt. Steven Hall LSM’18 and Chris Breedlove LSM’18.