Union Pacific Community Advisory Panel of Central Arkansas
Minutes of Meeting Jan. 14, 2014
Union Pacific's Jenks Shop, North Little Rock, Arkansas
Community Representatives: Joseph Adams (LR Police); Ginger Bailey (AR Crisis Response); Paul Benham (Friday, Eldredge & Clark); Belinda Burney (Dark Hollow CDC); Richard Davis (AR State Fusion Center); Robert Dixon (Pulaski Tech); Rick Ezell (NLR OEM); Alesia Ferguson (UAMS); Steve Ferguson (Faulkner County OEM); Gary Franklin (Retired UPRR); Ruth Franklin (Sherwood Community Rep.); Ron Hale (Operation Lifesaver); Dustin Haworth (Pulaski Co. OEM); Allen Higgenbotham (CTEH); Maria Hoskins (FBI); Phil Kirkland (Conway Fire); Keith Kittinger (CenterPoint Energy); Bob Mauldin (NLR Fire); Shelia McGhee (Faulkner Co. OEM); Cindy Milazzo (Community Rep); Emma Jane Ohnemus (Community Rep); John Ohnemus (Community Rep); Rex Oxner (Veteran's Admin); John Pflasterer (Argenta Neighborhood Boosters); Margaret Powell (NLR Mayor's Office); Nancy Sheehan (Capitol View/Stifft Station Neighborhood Assoc.); Max Spriggs (LR Police); Jon Swanson (MEMS); PeryLynn Wilson-Robinson (Dark Hollow CDC); Jon Wolfe (UAMS); Carey Woods (NLR Health)
Union Pacific Representatives: Scott George (Jenks Shop Director), Chip Heard (UP Hazmat Manager), Jesse Proffitt (UP Special Agent)
Facilitator: Kathryn Matchett
Representatives of: ADEM; AR Dept. of Health; LR Port Authority; NLR School District; NLR Police; Pulaski County Sheriff's Office
Welcome/Safety Briefing and UP Minute
Scott George, Director - Jenks Shop
Introductions and Announcements - Kathryn Matchett, UPCAP Facilitator
- Introductions: Members introduced themselves.
- Next Meeting: Kathryn reminded the group about the March 11 meeting featuring a panel of UPCAP members who work in the area of emergency management. They will be discussing their jobs, including the role they would play in the event of a rail incident.
- Operation Lifesaver Challenge:Members were encouraged to contact Ron Hale, email@example.com, to schedule a free Operation Lifesaver presentation and help save lives and to become eligible for a prize at our next meeting.
Members shared information of interest to UP and member organizations.
- Carey Woods announced a free flu shot clinic on Tuesday, January 21 at the NLR Health Department.
Maria Hoskins, of the FBI, announced that David T. Resch had recently been named special agent in charge of the Little Rock division.
Rick Davis, of the Arkansas State Fusion Center, invited members to contact him about a March training on suspicious activity, for law enforcement, fire fighters and other emergency/public safety first responders. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program - Panel of Emergency Responders
Panelists: Captain Joseph C. Adams, LR Fire; Hazmat Manager, Chip Heard, UP; Allen Higgenbotham, Center for Toxicology & Environmental Health; Chief Bob Mauldin, NLR Fire; Special Agent, Jesse Proffitt, UP; Captain Max Spriggs, LR Police; Executive Director, Jon Swanson, MEMS
Each panelist introduced himself and shared what he liked about his job and why he had chosen that line of work. The panelists then answered questions about their respective roles in the response effort to a rail incident.
Each panelist shared a challenging or unusual emergency response experience in which he had been involved. Kathryn reminded the group about the March 11 meeting before adjourning.