Emergency Services Association

The Pottawattamie County Emergency Services Association is a collaboration of public safety agencies within Pottawattamie County.  It conducts strategic planning and collaboration for the improvement and maintenance of high quality emergency response services throughout the county.
Activities of the Association include, but are not limited to:  coordination of mutual aid planning for fires, emergency medical services,  disaster, specialized response, multi-discipline responses (fire, law, medical, etc.) or any situation for which member departments are  requested; facilitate public education programs and support throughout the county; support recruitment and retention programs; provide support and educational opportunities to emergency responders; and provide a communication conduit between departments as well as stakeholders to foster a working relationship across the county. The organizational members are primary contributors to the multi-jurisdicitonal planning efforts of the Emergency Management Agency. They also guide common policy direction to help provide a common and consistent level of response and emergency medical care througout the county.
Executive Board
The Association Executive Board is the policy approval and implementing arm of the Association. It is comprised of the County Fire Chiefs, Emergency Management Director, and a designee from varying stakeholder agencies from law enforcement.
EMS Advisory Board
The EMS Advisory Board is comprised of the EMS Service Directors of our (15) fire and rescue department in Pottawattamie County, a representative of the Emergency Management Agency, designees from the hospital emergency departments, and the Co-Medical Directors for our EMS authorized services. This Board determines emergency medical response priorities, protocols, and procedures to build a sustainable and effective EMS response system centered on patient care.
EMS CQI Committee
The CQI committee consists of a representative for each level of medical care provider, volunteer and career department representation, hospital representation, medical direction representation, and emergency management. This committee reviews and analyzes medical response and emergency care data to ensure consistency with system protocols and procedures as well as collecting and analyzing the data to improve emergency response, emergency care protocols, and develop training priorities.
Training Committee
A training committee made up of representatives of the fire, EMS, emergency management, and law enforcement disciplines program monthly trainings that are provided free to emergency responders throughout the county.
After-Action Committee
Personnel of this committee are appointed by the Executive Committee and provide an informal but thorough review of incidents that involve mayday declarations, responder injury, or close-call incidents on the fire ground. The committee will help identify the need for any critical incident stress management for responders and provide recommendations through policy or training to address any identified areas for improvement.


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Pottawattamie County Emergency Notification System

Pottawattamie Alert is the countywide emergency notification system serving all residents within Pottawattamie County and its communities.

Part of the Alert Iowa System, Pottawattamie Alert is a high-speed notification and weather warning service. This no-charge service is available to businesses and residents of Pottawattamie County and its Communities that allows public officials to warn citizens of pending emergencies, critical public information during disasters, recommended protective actions, and provides automated severe weather warnings tailored to your preferences. The system can also be used to provide other important information to communities.