Security Institute celebrates 10 years

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The Security Institute offers training in real-time, real-life scenarios and it is celebrating 10 years of hands-on learning.

A ceremonial ribbon cutting was held at the Institute Wednesday afternoon.

The facility is home to several Western Iowa Tech Community College programs and is the dispatch center for all police, fire and medical emergency calls for the Sioux City area.

The institute is also the center for the Woodbury County Joint Emergency Operations Center.

Gary Brown, director of Woodbury County Emergency Services, helped design the facility. He said teamwork is at the center of its success.

“No matter what the event was, it’s bringing everybody together to one room with the mission to manage the emergency, protect the citizens of the community, and bring the community back to operations and a semblance of order as quickly as possible,” said Brown.

“It is great to have the relationships we do with Western Iowa Tech. They have the EMS departments here that are training paramedics and EMTs. You have the police academy,” added Rebecca Sochnat, The Woodbury County Emergency Services manager.

The center plays a role in safety on a daily basis, but perhaps it’s biggest success story is tied to 2011 flooding along the Missouri River.

It’s something Brown says has led other communities to duplicate what Sioux City started 10 years ago.

“Several communities have come in and looked at especially the lower level of the building and used that model to build their own 911 center and emergency operation center,” added Brown. “It was a model building when we built it, and it’s a model building today.”

Community leaders joined emergency managers and staff from WIT for the anniversary celebration.

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