© 2019 Central Region Homeland Security Advisory Council

© 2019 Central Region Homeland Security Advisory Council

Maintained by: Central Mass. Regional Planning Commission

1 Mercantile Street, Suite 520

Worcester, MA 01608

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security

In response to continuing threats of terrorism, the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS), designated by the Governor as the state’s Homeland Security Advisor, adopted a statewide regional approach to security and emergency coordination in 2004. The Central Region Homeland Security Advisory Council (CRHSAC or Council) is one of five regional Homeland Security Planning Regions in the Commonwealth.

 

The Council annually submits its regional homeland security plans to EOPSS, which conforms to the goals of the State Homeland Security Strategy. The State Homeland Security Strategy Plan lays out a strategy for linking regional public safety officials to detect, prevent, respond to and recover from the consequences of an emergency, terrorist threat or critical incident. The purpose of the Regional Security Strategic Plan is to provide a regional framework for collaboration in planning, communication, information sharing, procuring equipment, and training and exercise activities before, during and after an emergency for the sixty units of local government in the Central Region. The five specific goals for this effort include:

  1. Enhance the ability to assess risk and prevent future terrorist attacks or critical incidents.

  2. Improve the ability to collect, analyze, disseminate, and manage key information.

  3. Improve preparedness by enhancing regional coordination.

  4. Improve the ability of first responders to communicate at the scene of a terrorist attack or other critical incident.

  5. Improve the ability to recover from a terrorist attack or other critical incident.

 

The Council consists of 17 voting members, and their designees, representing the following disciplines:

  • Correctional Services (1 member)

  • Emergency management (1 member)

  • Emergency Medical Services (1 member)

  • Fire Services (4 members)

  • Government Administration (1 member)

  • Hospitals (1 member)

  • Law Enforcement (4 members)

  • Public Health (1 member)

  • Public Safety Communications (1 member)

  • Public Works (1 member)

  • Regional Transportation Authority (1 member)

  • EOPSS (1 non-voting member)

  • MEMA (1 non-voting member)

The Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC) provides planning, facilitation, administrative support, and project management to the CRHSAC in an effort to implement the Council’s Regional Homeland Security Plan.

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) serves as the lead Statewide Fiduciary for the Massachusetts Homeland Security Planning Regions under a grant from EOPSS for the State Homeland Security Program Grants. In this role, MAPC has partnered with CMRPC to provide fiduciary, planning, facilitation, administrative support, and procurement and project management services to the Central Region Homeland Security Advisory Council.

CRHSAC efforts are funded by EOPSS through a State Homeland Security Program grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

 

Council Leadership

Council Leadership

Council Leadership

  • Chief Dean Kochanowski, Dudley Fire.....................................................Council Chair 

  • Chief Kevin Roy, Fitchburg Fire........................................................Council Vice Chair

  • Chief C. Thomas O’Donnell, West Brookfield Police.....................Council 2nd Vice Chair

  • Chief Patrick Purcell, Westborough Fire........................Equipment Subcommittee Chair

  • James Barclay, Royalston EM................................Interoperability Subcommittee Chair

  • Lt. Neal Aspesi, Southborough Fire/EMS...........................Training Subcommittee Chair

  • Christopher Montiverdi, Leicester Public Health & Holden Fire.......Mass Care/Sherltering Subcommittee Chair

Council Chair, Chief Kochanowski

61 Cities and Towns Served:

Ashburnham

Athol

Auburn

Ayer

Barre

Berlin

Blackstone

Bolton

Boylston

Brookfield

Charlton

Clinton

Devens

Douglas

Dudley

East Brookfield

Fitchburg

Gardner

Grafton

Hardwick

Harvard

Holden

Hopedale

Hubbardston

Lancaster

Leicester

Leominster

Lunenburg

Mendon

Milford

Millbury

Millville

New Braintree

North Brookfield

Northborough

Northbridge

Oakham

Oxford
Paxton

Petersham

Phillipston

Princeton

Royalston

Rutland

Shrewsbury

Southborough

Southbridge

Spencer

Sterling

Sturbridge

Sutton

Templeton

Upton

Uxbridge

Warren

Webster

West Boylston

West Brookfield

Westborough

Westminster

Winchendon

Worcester