ALBANY— The Albany County Sheriff’s Department held an open house for National Preparedness Month last week and invited first responders from all over the Capital District.
The Albany County Health Department, Project Lifesaver, County Animal Response Team, and National Grid were only a few of the groups present at the event. Lee Bormann, unit commander for the critical incident emergency management unit for the Albany County Sheriff’s Office, said events such as the open house are important because they allow different types of first responders the opportunity to interact.
“It would also provide the general public with a sense of comfort knowing that Albany County is prepared, and that we do have the capabilities, and we do test and practice our capabilities constantly, and they can feel comfort in that, knowing that we’re ready for emergencies,” Bormann said. “Even people who we work on almost a daily basis or often coming out here today, they’re saying, ‘wow, we didn’t know you guys had that capability’. So, I think it’s an awareness thing.”