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UNH's Emergency Management Director Contributes to National Training Effort

September 16, 2009

Paul Dean, director of emergency management at UNH.  Courtesy photo

Paul Dean, UNH’s deputy police chief and director of emergency management, was recently selected in a nationwide search by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) to be one of only three subject matter experts to consult on the development of new training for dealing with campus emergencies.

What does that mean to the university? Access to free training and peace of mind knowing the man tasked with keeping the UNH population safe in an emergency situation is the same one chosen to train his colleagues at institutions of higher education around the country.

Dean is one of three people working with curriculum developers from the Texas Engineering Extension Service/Emergency Services Training Institute (TEEX) to develop and support a new command-level critical incident management course with federal funding from the Department of Homeland Security.

“Being selected was a great honor,” said Dean. “I’m pleased to share my expertise and experience with my colleagues around the country and to have the opportunity to stay on top of the latest information to help keep the UNH campus the safest it can be.”

The new three-day (24 hours) course will train campus public safety officials and administration, community emergency response supervisors and mid-level managers, campus public safety officers and others involved in emergency response at the higher education institutions. The training will focus on the skills necessary to effectively manage a critical incident affecting a campus, and will end with a role-play exercise customized to the campus community where the course is being taught.

Throughout the fall Dean will deliver pilot courses at UMass Amherst, Villanova University and Notre Dame University that will lead to certification of the new course by the Department of Homeland Security. Dean also will begin working to teach new instructors to deliver the course at higher education institutions throughout the United States.

A 26-year law enforcement veteran, Dean is a graduate of the 186th session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va., and the Babson College command officer training program. He serves as an adjunct instructor for the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council, IACLEA Homeland Security Program, and the federal Department of Homeland Security. He also serves as an instructor on terrorism-related issues for several institutions.

“The University of New Hampshire is – and has been – on the cutting-edge of emergency management,” said Police Chief Nick Halias. “Having someone on staff the caliber of Paul Dean has resulted in our institution getting access to top-notch training and resources, and this is just one more example.”

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