Local residents serve in FEMA projects

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

May 11–The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Walla Walla District dispatched employees during the past week to support ongoing Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster-response missions in Puerto Rico and California, according to District emergency management officials. Deployed to Puerto Rico are Walla Wallans Tyler Hutton and Army Capt. Brent Vance.

A mechanical crew foreman at Lower Monumental Lock and Dam, near Kahlotus, Tyler is supporting FEMA’s Power Grid Repair mission as a quality assurance specialist for work performed under government contracts.

Brent, who serves as a contracting specialist at District headquarters, is supporting FEMA’s Power Grid Repair mission as a planner and operations officer for microgrid projects, primarily in remote-access areas.

Peter Ober of Burbank deployed to Rohnert Park, Calif., to support FEMA’s Wildfires Debris Removal mission as a contracting officer representative. He is a natural resource specialist at Ice Harbor Lock and Dam, near Burbank.

Employee-volunteers must have the technical knowledge and skills needed for a specific deployment position plus their supervisor’s permission to deploy, meet a variety of FEMA and Corps training requirements and complete a medical screening to be approved to go.

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