the mission of the regional "East Central Pennsylvania Counter
Terrorism Task Force" (ECPCTTF) to provide a centralized organization
responsible for developing, coordinating and equipping emergency
response organizations represented in the regional ECPCTTF with the
training, preparation, assistance and equipment necessary in
disaster preparedness and prevention as well as emergency response to
and recovery from a real or threatened act of terrorism or WMD event.
task force is comprised of the counties of Berks, Columbia, Luzerne,
Montour, Northumberland, Schuylkill, and Wyoming.
is the purpose of the ECPCTTF to provide a centralized contact through
which emergency management and emergency responders can access
training, equipment purchasing and other federal and state programs in
order to improve the overall awareness and capability of first
responders to provide emergency services at a local and regional level
in response to a real or threatened act of terrorism or WMD event.
ECPCTTF will provide a centralized organization to not only coordinate
emergency response efforts regionally but to facilitate training,
exercises and networking with federal and state agencies prior to an
actual event. The ECPCTTF will also support the efforts of member
counties to prepare and plan for, respond to and mitigate/recover from
an actual or threatened incident through mutual agreements.
working together within the region, emergency responders will have
developed a more efficient and effective response organization based
on the mutual needs and resources and a more thorough knowledge of the
capabilities of the other emergency response organizations within the