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Explorers Academy 2015

April 2015

Explorers final day 2015

Today is the final day of the Mason County Explorers Fire Academy. Cadets with the Explorers program have spent all week at Fire District #4 learning the skills needed for them to become firefighters and EMS professionals.

Shelton Resident Graduates from FEMA’s EMI

burbridge gradChief Bob Burbridge, Mason Fire District #4, graduated from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Emergency Management Basic Academy at the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) on September 18, 2014. EMI has created the National Emergency Basic Academy to produce a comprehensive curriculum that provides the foundational knowledge and skills needed to support the unpredictable challenges in the field of emergency management. Additionally, for those who are new to emergency management or for those who are transferring from another profession, this Academy provides a unique opportunity to build camaraderie and establish professional contacts.

Burbridge completed the five courses in the Basic Academy that includes Foundations of Emergency Management; Science of Disaster; Planning: Emergency Operations; Exercise Design; and Public Information and Warning. To graduate, he fulfilled a total of 167 hours of training.

The Basic Academy is the first phase of FEMA’s new Emergency Management Professional Program (EMPP). The EMPP curriculum is designed to be a lifetime of learning for emergency managers and includes three separate, but closely related, training programs. The National Emergency Management Basic Academy is a gateway for individuals pursuing a career in emergency management. The National Emergency Management Leaders Academy is designed for emerging leaders and mid-level managers who lead emergency management programs and want to advance their skillset. The Executive Academy is designed for senior-level executives who are responsible for making decisions that have a significant effect on prevention, protection and mitigation policy or the management of disaster response and recovery. For more information on FEMA’s training classes through the Basic, Leaders and Executive Academies, or other emergency management courses, go to:

Emmitsburg, MD (FEMA Press Release) – October 23, 2014

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

IMAGE/Emmitsburg, MD, September 18, 2014–FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) graduate Bob Burbridge completed all requirements of the National Emergency Management Basic Academy.  Matthew Prager, Acting Integrated Emergency Management Branch Chief, is shown congratulating Burbridge as he graduates.