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Cayuga County emergency staff work to maintain continuity amid shakeup

While the search for a new director of emergency services for Cayuga County gets underway, remaining staff at the Emergency Management Office are working to maintain continuity of operations in the department, although some county fire chiefs feel left in the dark.

In February, EMO Deputy Director Niel Rivenburgh was placed on administrative leave, leaving the department with no full-time staff after the sudden resignations of the director and another deputy director in January.

Since then, the department’s fire coordinators and other part-time staff have been working to keep the office functioning, according to several coordinators Monday at a meeting of the Cayuga County Fire Advisory Board.

Coordinators have met several times recently to discuss how to maintain office’s functions, such as managing grants or scheduling training for fire department personnel, Fire Coordinator and Auburn City Manager Jeff Dygert said.

“We’re looking at continuity of operations right now, trying to get things done,” Dygert said.

County Administrator J. Justin Woods said the fire coordinators had “stepped up in a big way” to keep the office working, and that the EMO is fully prepared to respond to emergencies as necessary, and state-level resources are on standby should anything exceed current capacity.

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