LA GRANDE:  Chaplain completes DPSST training

LA GRANDE: Chaplain completes DPSST training

The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training were pleased to host the annual Oregon Chaplains Academy at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem. Mark Claudson, of the La Grande Police Department, completed the week-long training opportunity. Claudson works with law enforcement, fire-rescue, 9-1-1, and corrections agencies. Since 2014 Claudson has been the senior pastor of the First Baptist Church in La Grande.

(Press release from DPSST)
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) were pleased to host the annual Oregon Chaplains Academy last week at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem.
This week-long training opportunity is supported by the Department of Public Safety & Standards, Federation of Fire Chaplains, International Conference of Police Chaplains, Oregon Chiefs of Police Association, Oregon Fire Chiefs Association, and Oregon State Sheriff’s Association.
Instructors are Chaplains from various Oregon public safety agencies. Chaplains from public safety agencies around the state completed the class.
DPSST’s Director Eriks Gabliks said “DPSST is honored to host this academy-based training course for public safety chaplains in Oregon. Public safety chaplains work with law enforcement, fire-rescue, 9-1-1, and corrections agencies around the state, 24 hours a day, and play an essential role in providing support to public safety personnel and residents in the communities they serve.”
Topics covered during the week-long class include: First Responder Injury & Death, Death Notifications, Officer Involved Shootings, Stress First Aid, Suicide Prevention & Intervention, Confidentiality & Legal Liability, Orientation to Fire Equipment, Orientation to Law Enforcement Equipment, Substance Abuse, First Responder Chaplaincy, Beginning a Chaplaincy, First Responder Families, Responding to a Crisis, Chaplain & First Responder Safety, Physiology of Trauma, Critical Incident Stress Management, Ethics, Sensitivity & Diversity, Incident Command System Overview, Forensics & Crime Scene Basics, Ride Along Procedures, Ceremonies, and many more.

Course Participants:
Jeffrey Durbin, Gresham Fire & Emergency Services
Gene Haraldsen, Independence Police Department
Alfredo (Freddy) Moran, Independence Police Department
Steven Mohr, Independence Police Department
Fausto Huerta, Hillsboro Fire Department
Laura Huerta, Hillsboro Fire Department
Brian Early, Gladstone Police Department
Lance Simonds, Toledo Fire Department / Toledo Police Department
Greg Terhune, Keizer Police Department
Aaron Johnson, Hermiston Police Department
Cary Wacker, Columbia River Fire & Rescue
Christian Coerper, Oakridge Fire Department
Skip Hinton, Central Oregon Public Safety Chaplaincy
Richard Ross, COCP
Katelyn Gonzalez, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue (PSC)
Peggy Oneal, Umatilla Police Department
Mark Claudson, La Grande Police Department
Donald (Keith) Lamm, Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office