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Edward D. Reuss
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On Saturday, May 22, 2010,  members of the NYPD Retiree Mobilization Plan (RMP)  attended another training session held at the Outdoor Range at Rodman’s Neck.  

The Outdoor Range was the “Staging Area” and we all  “checked-in” with the members of the Personnel Bureau who inserted our computerized RMP Cards into the data system.   Lt. Michael Ryan, NYPD Personnel Bureau, who is the Coordinator of the RMP Program, met the members as they reported.    After coffee and bagels, the members networked with their fellow retirees in the lunchroom.  I had carpooled to the Range with Arnie Roma and we met an old friend,   Bob Prather who had retired from the 120 Precinct.  Prior to working in the 120 Precinct,  Bob has served as an Emergency Service Cop assigned to the HESSI Unit that worked out of the 122nd Precinct. 

Bob had been awarded the Police Combat Cross.  I wrote a story about it entitled: Battle at the Battery Tunnel back in April 1999.

                 Lt Mike Ryan with PO Bob Prather, 120 Pct (ret) at Outdoor Range

                 LtoR: Clyde Simpson, Ed Reuss,  Joe Piraino at the Outdoor Range

We met Joe Piraino who now works as Supervising Det Investigator with the Kings County District Attorney as well as Investigator Clyde Simpson of that same office.   

After Coffee and Bagels, the NYPD Firearms and Tactics Section had us all go out to the firing range to have our revolvers and automatic pistols unloaded for inspection. 

               RMP members on the firing range at the Outdoor Range

After the Firearms and Tactics Section had us unload our firearms, we reported to the armorers building where we unholstered and presented our revolvers/pistols to Firearms  gunsmiths who inspected our weapons for safety and operability.    Some weapons were in need of attention by the gunsmiths.   After the inspections of our firearms,  we reported to Building #7 for classroom instruction in the care and maintainence of firearms.


               LtoR:  Vic Grillo, and Arnie Roma

               RMP Members in Bldg 7  Outdoor Range

               DI Theresa Tobin,  CO, Staff Support Services, Personnel Bureau, NYPD

DI Theresa Tobin,  CO , Staff Support Services of the Personnel Bureau welcomed the members and introduced them to the members of the NYPD Firearms and Tactics Section who would be instructing them on the proper care and maintainance of their automatic weapons.

               Instructor PO Steve Minquez  NYPD Fireams and Tactics Section

The classroom instruction also focused on FEMA Procedures in the organization, site layout, resource accountability, safety, and demobilization of  PODs (Points of Distribution).  As volunteers in the RMP, NYPD retirees will report to the Staging Officer (s) in actual mobilizations. The Staging Officers supervise the “check-in” process at the Staging Areas and computerized detail roster sheets will assign the RMP volunteers to the Logistics Section Chief.   The Logistics Section Chief conducts his duties as per the Incident Command System (ICS).   One of the primary duties of the Logistics Section is to conduct activities at PODs (Points of Distribution) of supplies required by first responders as well as citizens requiring such assistance in emergencies.   Logistics wins wars and mitigates natural disasters.   It is the critical area of Logistics that retired police personnel will be utilized to their greatest effect.

Why do I say this?   If and when first responders are injured and require medical triage, treatment, and transport, what is more important than the availablility of BLS (basic life support) medical supplies as well as ALS (Advanced Life Support) medical supplies?
What is as important as communications?  The radios, phones, and other communications equipment in use by emergency personnel as well as food, water, and other supplies all fall under the responsibllity of the Logistics Section Chief and his deputies.   In a scenario involving Unified Command,  the various Logistics Sections Chiefs of the NYPD, FDNY, and any other agency involved in the Incident will be cooperating in a unified command structure involving responders from multiple emergency service agencies.  Police retirees who are trained in the ICS and their role in the Logistics Section will be of critical importance in any large scale Critical Incident.  Thus the need for the training in PODs.

               Lt Mike Ryan conducts training in POD procedures

After classroom training,  the RMP members were escorted by the Firearms and Tactics Section members to the Tactical Training Village that has been constructed at the Range.   The Tactical Training Village has multiple story apartment buildings and street scenes with various motor vehicles parked in random locations on a recontructed street scene.   The buildings have furnished and empty rooms for training in clearing or rescuing victims in possible firefights.   Dimlight training prepares cops for such scenarios. Trainees use non-lethal cartridges similar to paintball cartridges that are fired out of non-lethal devices in the exercises.   The benefits of such training filled an obvious need for police officers.  The location of the NYPD Outdoor Range serves a critical need for the NYPD.

               LtoR:  PO Arthur Scala and Det. Dennis Morland,  NYPD Firearms and Tactics Section

                 PO Arthur Scala explains the training at the Tactical Village Outdoor Range

At the conclusion of the training, the members again reported to the firing range to reload their weapons for the street.   

                 RMP Members prepare to reload their weapons at the firing positions

All Retirees should know and appreciate the courtesy and respect that their fellow retirees received when they responded to the Outdoor Range for this training session.    The members of the NYPD Firearms and Tactics Section were professional and skilled in their supervision of the members in the proper safety and care of their weapons.   Our thanks and appreciation to all members of the NYPD Personnel Bureau and Firearms and Tactics Section.. 

                 Ed Reuss with Lt. Mike Ryan Coordinator of the NYPD RMP Program

©Copyright 2010 Edward D. Reuss


NYPD Retirees who wish to become members of the RMP or wish to learn more about the program, go to the NYPD online site dedicated to this Program:


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