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Back by Popular Demand: Minnesota Bridge Collapse Seminar


August 31, 2009


Maine Emergency Management Agency will host two offerings of a seminar examining response issues in the August, 2007 Minnesota bridge collapse. The seminar will be held October 1st and 2nd in Belfast and Dover-Foxcroft.

Several sessions of this seminar were held in January of this year. Overwhelmingly positive feedback from the emergency management and response community led to scheduling additional sessions of the seminar.

Featured Guest Instructor: Rocco Forté

Rocco Forté is the Emergency Preparedness Director in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He commanded the Emergency Operations Center following the collapse if the I35W bridge.

Mr. Forté will be speaking to police, fire, EMA and EMS agencies throughout the State of Maine on “local response” to a bridge collapse. He is the current Emergency Preparedness Director for Minneapolis, Minnesota and retired Fire Chief of 30 years of Minneapolis. Mr. Forté will be speaking to us from first-hand experience about the bridge collapse that occurred in his city on August 1, 2007.

Topics to be discussed:

  • Minneapolis, Minnesota bridge collapse
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Value of pre-planning
  • Identifying shortcomings in response capabilities
  • Equipment and training needs
  • Interoperable communications

Who should attend?

Any emergency responder or public official is welcome. This training/class is directed towards police, fire, emergency medical services (CEH’s will be awarded), and emergency management officials. This training is free and sponsored by Maine Emergency Management Agency, and the Waldo and Piscataquis Emergency Management Agencies.

Dates and Locations:


Thursday, October 1, 2009
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
University of Maine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave


Olga Rumney, EMA Assistant Director


Friday, October 2, 2009
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Center Theatre, East Main Street


Tom Iverson, EMA Director



Jeremy Damren


Last update: 07/20/10