Deidre Aarons

Deputy Emergency Manager and CERT Coordinator at Ridgefield Forum

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Last Updated 8/19/2013

General Information

Employment History

Consulting Photographer  - Ridgefield Police Department

Ridgefield Fire Police Unit

Affiliations

Member  - Ridgefield Republican Town Committee

Web References  

http://www.theridgefieldpress.com/20826/years-of-volunteer-service/

Dick and Dee Aarons will be honored by the Ridgefield Old Timers this fall.
Dick and Dee Aarons will be honored by the Ridgefield Old Timers this fall. Richard and Deidre Aarons have been unanimously selected to receive the Ridgefield Old Timers 22nd Annual Civic Award for their years of volunteer service to the town. While Mr. Aarons was still employed as an aviation safety writer and air safety investigator, Mrs. Aarons managed the household and volunteered her time to the town as a Cub Scout leaders, a matron for the Ridgefield Police Department lockup, a secretary to the Board of Selectmen and the Water Pollution Control Authority meetings and as a member of the Ridgefield Republican Town Committee - all of this while she mothered the kids and served as secretary to the special education office of the school system, a position she held for 32 years. Despite work that kept him travelling, Mr. Aarons managed to squeeze in time to serve for 25 years with the Ridgefield Fire Police Unit of the Volunteer Fire Department and as a fire/accident scene photographer for both the fire and police department. Now all of Dick's volunteer time goes to Ridgefield emergency/disaster planning efforts and as a state-certified instructor of police photography. He is the Redding police department's crime/accident scene photographer and the Ridgefield Police Department's consulting photographer. Now the volunteer activities the couple enjoys the most are working together in support of the town's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) - the specially equipped command and control center used by town departments and school officials to guide Ridgefield through emergency situations such as the three major utility outages that hit town in recent years. Mr. Aarons serves as Ridgefield's deputy emergency manager and CERT coordinator. During emergencies he typically functions as chief of logistics and planning. Mrs. Aarons is unit leader of the volunteer EOC support team. During storms and other emergencies the two each spend 12 hour days at the EOC from the first threat until cleanup is well underway - typically two-week deployments. Mr. Aarons' work in Ridgefield has lead to his appointment to the vice chairs of the 10-town HVCEO Emergency Managers Team and the 43-town Regional Emergency Planning Team. He also volunteers his time an an operations instructor for the Coast Guard Auxiliary, a communications instructor for the Amateur Radio Emergency Service and as a firearms instructor.

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