Lions Club hears from 911/ESM director

Mike Gurisko, Alpena County’s 911 and emergency services management director, was the speaker at the Alpena Lions Club meeting. Vice President Tom Woizeschke was program chair for the meeting.

Gurisko supervises 911 dispatchers, who actually serve an area larger than Alpena County. They come from very varied backgrounds and work 12-hour shifts. They answer 911 calls by telephone, but also monitor radio channels. They are trained to give CPR instruction.

Many calls they receive are not for emergencies that require professional response. Gurisko recommended these non-emergency callers call 354-9111.

Emergency management, another part of Gurisko’s duties, involves handling wide-scale emergencies. Examples of these emergencies are big forest fires, tornadoes, calling the state for help, calling for military intervention or assistance, calling for mobile hospital units to assist, and organizing search and rescue efforts.

Vice President Steve Murch announced that on June 24, the club’s meeting will be held in the evening at the Alpena Golf Club. The meeting will be combined with the club’s annual golf outing, under the leadership of Bernie Lamp III. The meeting also will include the installation of the club’s officers for the next year, which begins July 1.