The Region 5 Homeland Security Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) is the chief homeland security policy making body in the region and is the core membership of the Terrorism Early Warning Task Force (TEW) in Pierce County. The RCC’s planning and coordination structure is representative of the major disciplines in the region; Fire Services, Law Enforcement, Metro Parks, Ports, Public Health, Schools, and Transit.
This regional configuration was implemented to distribute federal grant funds, develop emergency responder equipment priority lists, plan and execute training exercises, create regionally based mutual aid plans, and develop volunteer infrastructure to support citizens’ involvement in homeland security initiatives. This regional structure has increased communication and collaboration, to include the sharing of best practices and resource coordination. Operations and physical resources are maintained at the local jurisdiction (county, city and tribal) level, and coordination and planning are facilitated at the regional level.
Three committees support the RCC in its decision-making process:
Critical Infrastructure Committee - In conjunction with the Regional Intelligence Group, develops and updates a regional plans and policies for consideration of the Council to identify threats and hazards, respond to those threats and recovery from disasters.
Training and Exercise Committee - Identifies training requirements necessary to implement approved plans and policies, and to properly use allocated equipment. It prioritizes training needs and training opportunities consistent with the priorities approved and funding provided. It plans and coordinates region-wide terrorism/disaster response exercises and promotes and facilitates joint exercises on a smaller scale.
Resource and Equipment Working Committee - Identifies funding opportunities, emergency response equipment requirements and local emergency response resources. It prioritizes equipment needs. It develops a means to order and distribute equipment consistent with funding provided and the plans and policies approved by the Council.