University officials have reported that a sexual assault occurred on Saturday, November 16, 2013 in the late evening in the vicinity of the Steam Plant parking lot on College Avenue.
Anyone with information is asked to call the University of Maine Police Department at (207)581-4040. Information can be submitted anonymously through the Campus Eyes confidential reporting system at http://www.umaine.edu/police/campus-eyes.
UMaine PD reminds all members of the university community to take appropriate precautions for their personal safety particularly at night. Walk in well-lit areas, walk with a friend or call UMaine PD for an escort (581-4040).
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The University of Maine was one of the 20 locations across the state last week to take part in a test of Maine’s emergency preparedness procedures led by local emergency responders and National Guard units throughout New England, including New York and New Jersey.
The operation, known as the Vigilant Guard, staged several scenarios to test existing response procedures, including a hostage scenario at the State House in Augusta, according to a memo released by the Maine National Guard.
Agencies were tested to assess “their knowledge and expertise in assessing storm damages, hazmat identification, decontamination, search and rescue, patient extraction, triage, and other emergency response measures,” the memo stated.
Last week’s operation represented the first time the Vigilant Guard visited New England. With more than 3,000 members of the National Guard, local emergency responders and civilian groups, it was “the biggest operation by far,” Chief Master Sergeant Kelly Hoffses said.
Students and faculty arriving on campus early Tuesday and Wednesday found the area between Fogler and Alumni Hall cordoned off and occupied by a multitude of military and emergency vehicles in front of Holmes Hall. Affected sites included Holmes Hall, Moosehead Road, Beta Lot, Holmes Lot, Merrill Lot and parts of Fogler. A press release from the university alerted students and faculty about the closures. With the exception of certain ancillary functions at Fogler, campus traffic and activities went unhindered by the drill.
The university supplied emergency responders and the National Guard with a makeshift laboratory in Holmes Hall. The drill simulated a potential hazardous material leak reported to public safety by a janitor. Firefighters from the Orono Fire Department arrived on the scene only to determine the need for additional support. Members of the National Guard responded and arrived to cordon the area, identify the chemicals and assess the hazard.
Responders and Guard members “did a great job,” according to Wayne Maines, the UMaine director of safety and environmental management. “Everyone did what they were supposed to do.”
While responders were not tasked with the job of cleaning the chemical site, they performed extensive analysis and evaluation of the threat.
“They have to test every chemical,” Maines said.
In Holmes Hall, small vials from campus laboratories were released and mixed with refuse and household chemicals, such as Pine-Sol, which the team sifted through to sort and analyze. Some members of the team were dressed in full bio-contamination suits and could be seen entering and exiting the building all day.
Much of the drill was conducted between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, the Orono Fire Department was joined by members of the National Guard from both the Bangor barracks and from New York. Wednesday, Nov. 6, members from the New Hampshire National Guard responded to a call for assistance in real time, arriving from the barracks in New Hampshire to the university in five hours.
With preparations in the works for more than a year, the university was approached by the Maine Emergency Management Agency with a request to incorporate the campus into the operation. Requests for comment from MEMA about the selection process were not answered.
The purpose of the Vigilant Guard is to “identify strengths and weaknesses [in emergency procedures],” Senior Master Sgt. Kelly Hoffses said. Building successful, strong relationships between local emergency responders and larger groups, like the National Guard and MEMA, is essential, according to Hoffses.
The exercises performed Tuesday and Wednesday replicated conditions that may be experienced in bio-terrorist activity, chemical leaks and spills. Such events are not rare. According to a 2010 report published by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), 194 hazardous material spills occurred in Maine in 2006. The total number of spills recorded by the DEP that year were 2,974, a majority being non-hazardous material and oil.
On July 18, 2011, more than 50 gallons of hazardous material spilled at the NAMCO facility in Westbrook, requiring the evacuation of all workers, with firefighters from six cities and members of the Presumpscot Valley Hazardous Material Team responding to neutralize the chemicals, according to an article from the Portland Press Herald.
The Associated Press reported on June 3, 2012, that a chemical spill at the QuantumClean facility in Scarborough left three workers hospitalized and required local firefighters and emergency responders to contain and neutralize the chemicals.
Just recently on Feb. 21, 2013, nearly 150 people were evacuated from Hitchner Hall after a chemical reaction caused the release of chlorine gas.
Quick responses in past incidents helped to ensure the safety of the public and minimize injuries. With the training from the Vigilant Guard operation, local groups will be better equipped to react when hazardous chemical spills occur in the future.
Maines was on the scene with members of UMPD and student security to coordinate activity and provide information to students. “It’s important for students to know the importance of the [Maine National] Guard. And they’re right here in Bangor,” Maines said.
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November 6th, 2013
Hourly Wage: $15.54 – $16.01
The University of Maine is seeking applications to fill the position of Police Officer.
The successful applicant will have the opportunity to practice Community Policing in a culturally, racially, and academically diverse University community of student, faculty, and visitors, many from Maine but some coming from across the United States and throughout the world. Work schedules will vary and will include day, evening, midnight, weekend, and holiday work, as well as numerous special “extra” details such as duty at many athletic events. Officers interact regularly with the community, most often in a positive and supportive role, to improve their educational and living activities and opportunities at UMaine.
Minimum requirements include an Associate’s Degree or equivalent hours, a valid driver’s license, and the ability to meet all requirements defined by the State of Maine for a Law Enforcement Officer license to practice, within one year of hire. Candidates will be required to successfully complete a series of testing including written and oral examinations, a psychological interview, a background investigation, a physical, and a polygraph test.
Certification by the Maine Criminal Justice Academy is preferred. If not certified, the applicant must take the ALERT test and a physical assessment test in order to meet the MCJA criteria. Starting salary may be $15.54 to $16.01 per hour depending on Maine Criminal Justice Academy Certification. Benefits include qualified health and retirement plan, educational incentives, vacation and sick time, paid holidays, and shift differential. Shift differential is paid for evening and midnight shifts.
Position typically require: balancing, stooping, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions. Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects. May be subjected to fumes, odors, dusts, gases, poor ventilation, oils, bodily fluids, extreme temperatures, inadequate lighting, workspace restrictions, and intense noises. Excellent hearing, clear speech, and excellent eyesight (corrected acceptable) are required. Must be able to function well under pressure with adverse stimulation and in potentially life-threatening situations. Appropriate background checks will be required.
To apply, please submit a current application along with a cover letter and resume relating qualifications and skills applicable to the duties specified above. Incomplete application materials cannot be accepted. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable pool of applicants is found.Print This Post
11/06/2013 08:57 AM EST
Exercise Vigilant Guard continues today, Wednesday, November 6, 2013
##Today’s major simulated events:
* Statewide: Many County Emergency Operations Centers, and several local EOCS are exercising today. They are dealing with the aftermath of the fictional ice storm and blizzard. This includes massive power outages, emergency power failures at hospitals or other critical sites, damage to public buildings, and farm impacts including dead livestock. Counties are also testing multiple communications systems. * Orono: The hazardous materials response at the University of Maine campus continues today. * Jackman: a simulated bus accident will prompt cross-border a response. * State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be open throughout the exercise * Public health officials continue to respond to a simulated disease threat, and will be exercising mass dispensing of medications at a variety of locations
##About the Exercise:
The exercise is part of a series of training events sponsored by the U.S. Northern Command and the National Guard Bureau aimed at improving command, control and operational relationships with local, state and regional civilian and military emergency response partners.
The exercise continues statewide through noon on Friday.
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11/05/2013 08:57 AM EST
##Tuesday, November 5, 2013:
Within the exercise scenario, Maine is faced with a simulated major winter storm (ice storm similar to 1998 followed by a blizzard and frigid temperatures), a major structural collapse, several mass casualty and hazardous materials incidents, and security threats, as well as other various scenarios, all happening at the same time.
The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be open throughout the exercise, using the scenario as an opportunity to train on emergency procedures. Representatives from most state agencies, several federal agencies and the American Red Cross, coordinate their activities in the EOC.
Today’s major simulated events:
* Brunswick: at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station, response to a simulated structure collapse begins. This response will continue around the clock through Thursday. A number of multi-jurisdictional teams will rotate through the site. * Orono: The University of Maine campus will be the site of a hazardous materials threat * Calais: a hazardous materials accident will involve cross-border response * Augusta: a security incident will bring responders to the State House complex (late afternoon into evening).
At any of these sites, and others over the next few days, the public may see emergency or military vehicles, or groups of uniformed responders. Exercise vehicles will not be using lights or sirens.
##About the Exercise:
The exercise is part of a series of training events sponsored by the U.S. Northern Command and the National Guard Bureau aimed at improving command, control and operational relationships with local, state and regional civilian and military emergency response partners. The main focus is interagency coordination in the event of domestic emergencies and catastrophic events.
The agencies will be pushed to use their knowledge and expertise accessing storm damages, hazmat identification, decontamination, search and rescue, patient extraction, triage, and other emergency-response measures. Just as in real life, these fictional events will create consequences that will require additional emergency intervention.Print This Post
OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 5, 2013
Attorney General Mills Warns Door-to-Door Meat Sales are a Recipe for Deception
AUGUSTA – Maine Attorney General Janet T. Mills is warning Mainers about fraudulent door-to-door meat sellers who have been active in the state recently. The sellers claim the meat is left over from a delivery that fell through. They say you can buy the meat at extremely low prices, but the meat turns out to be very expensive and low-quality — and they won’t allow you to cancel.
Often the scammer tells you a local restaurant “couldn’t take the whole order,” or that a neighbor to whom the meat was to be delivered was not home. Such come-on lines usually are completely false. They just lead you to think you can get a great bargain — if you make a snap decision to buy. That’s a recipe for deception. Such scam-artists often fail to obtain required licenses, and they often fail to give customers the required written and oral three-day cancellation notices.
Follow these tips to avoid being cheated by door-to-door meat or food sellers:
Some door-to-door food sellers are legitimate. To check whether complaints have been received against a company — or to report a door-to-door food scam contact the Maine Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-436-2131 or 626-8849 Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – noon and 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Maine Army National Guard and Maine Emergency Management Agency announced the Maine Vigilant Guard exercise 2013 will kick off Tuesday, Nov. 5. National Guard soldiers and airmen, first-responders, emergency managers and voluntary agencies will conduct large-scale training exercises at venues across the state.
The University of Maine will host one of the exercises on the Orono campus Nov. 5–6. UMaine will provide a mock laboratory in Holmes Hall where emergency response teams will practice investigating and eliminating risks that might arise in real-life settings. Maine National Guard and local first-responder units, including the Orono Fire Department, will be on campus for the two-day event. UMaine’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) also will be activated.
The Vigilant Guard exercise is part of a series of training sponsored by the U.S. Northern Command and the National Guard Bureau aimed at improving command, control, operational relationships and interagency coordination with local, state and regional civilian and military emergency response partners.
A Maine Army National Guard news release describing the statewide exercise is available online.Print This Post
An emergency preparedness training exercise with the National Guard will be held on the University of Maine campus Nov. 5–6.
UMaine will provide a mock laboratory in Holmes Hall where emergency response teams will practice investigating and eliminating risks that might arise in real-life settings. Maine National Guard and local first-responder units, including the Orono Fire Department, will be on campus for the two-day event. UMaine’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) also will be activated.
The response team members will wear protective gear and use necessary equipment to follow protocols for the emergency simulation.
The National Guard Bureau and the United States Northern Command, along with civilian first responders and local governments throughout the country, conduct Vigilant Guard four times annually. This year, UMaine was asked to host the New England Vigilant Guard exercise, designed to simulate emergency scenarios and practice response plans.
During the exercise, UMaine community members will be allowed to observe from outside the marked boundaries. The simulated emergency at Holmes Hall is expected to require rerouting of vehicle and pedestrian traffic.
For more information, contact Wayne Maines, UMaine’s director of safety and environmental management, at 207.581.4055.Print This Post
The Winter Parking Ban begins November 1st – May 1st. During that time period, all commuter (black), staff (blue) and visitor spaces are closed between midnight and 6AM.
Overnight Parking is available at the Bridge Tennis Court and College Avenue South lot (next to Lambda Chi Alpha) with a visitor, staff or commuter parking permit .Print This Post
The University of Maine Police Department is alerting the UMaine community about a report of public indecency that allegedly occurred on the University Bike Trail Sept. 30.
At approximately 9:30 p.m., a man on the trail near University Park reportedly exposed himself. The man is described as a white male in his early 20s, black hair, average height and weight, wearing a black Under Armour-style shirt and black running shorts.
UMaine PD asks members of the community to report any incidents of suspicious behavior or inappropriate sexual activity by calling 9-1-1 or 581-4040.Print This Post