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ALL TOPICS TAGGED: emergency services management

March 19, 2020

The Importance of Public Service

The term “public service” brings to mind bureaucratic government agencies, first responders putting their lives on the line, nurses administering vaccines at the community health clinic, and more. Public service encompasses all of these facets and then some. In this article, we explore the importance of public service and lay out four reasons why you may want to serve your community in your career.

August 19, 2019

Emergency Management: Career Outlook and Job Opportunities

Emergencies are unavoidable. Government entities, nonprofit organizations and private companies can all work to prevent emergencies in their respective industries, but a certain percentage will happen no matter what preventative measures are taken. Emergency management directors perform a critical function, protecting their employers and their communities before, during and after natural disasters and other dangerous and unexpected events. In this article, we explore emergency management careers and discuss how to enter the field.

June 5, 2019

How Businesses Keep Workers Safe During Natural Disasters

Natural disasters can cause significant loss of life and property, and businesses need to have response plans in place. Not only is an emergency plan vital to business continuity in the event of a disaster, it’s a workplace safety concern with strict OSHA regulations and expectations. Read more about what businesses can do to keep their workers safe before, during and after natural disasters.

May 20, 2019

Hurricane Preparedness: How Fire Departments Prepare for the Worst

The words “hurricane prep” often bring to mind visions of boarded-up windows, grocery store aisles cleared of bread and milk, and reminders to bring in loose items and head to the nearest shelter. But what about the people who are charged with responding to calls for help and helping manage public safety? What does it take for a fire department to get ready for a major storm?

December 11, 2018

Fire Chief and Alumnus Robert Jackson Awarded VFW Gold Medal

Robert Jackson is passionate about fire service and being a first responder. Twenty years ago, he was beginning his career as a green firefighter; he has since served as fire chief for the City of Daleville, Alabama, and today works as a firefighter EMT and hazmat technician at Ft. Rucker Fire and Emergency Services. He also works with local emergency management as a disaster volunteer coordinator. Because of his passion and strides in the industry, as well as his dedication to honoring veterans, Jackson was awarded the Emergency Services Gold Medal Award for Outstanding Firefighter of the Year through the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Department of Alabama.

October 30, 2018

St. John's David Milen Named Distinguished Faculty of the Year

Columbia Southern University recently honored emergency management lead faculty David Milen, Ph.D., as the 2018 recipient of its Robert G. Mayes, Sr. Distinguished Faculty Award. Milen of St. John, Indiana, was recognized for his outstanding achievements and contributions in aiding the university in its mission to change lives through education.

June 18, 2018

How Social Media is Changing Emergency Response

When a shooter opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the idea of another school shooting was horrifying to most Americans. To emergency management personnel, though, the incident marked a profound shift in their approach to their response to active shooters and other emergencies. The channel: social media.

March 7, 2018

Making Social Media Work for First Responders [Webinar]

Social media is more and more becoming an indispensable channel in emergency management communications, as EMS and emergency management personnel are using various channels to reach their communities before, during and after disasters. First responders are also turning to social media to gather valuable insight from citizens on the ground via eyewitness video, photos and postings.

January 23, 2018

Air Force Instructor to Complete Sixth College Degree at Age 60

When Hugh Poe retired from the Air Force in 2006, the last thing he saw himself doing was going back to school. Hugh earned his first degree in 1978, an associate in business, followed by two additional associate degrees in 2005—one in fire science and the other in technology. When he retired from the Air Force, Hugh was 46 years old, married with children and continuing a great career as a firefighter instructor for the U.S. Air Force.

November 7, 2017

5 Characteristics of First Responders

In times of chaos and every day on the job, first responders are heroes who keep our communities safe, calm and protected from harm. Being a first responder takes a special kind of person. Here are five characteristics we see in the firefighters, police officers, emergency managers and EMS professionals that we have the honor of educating every day at Columbia Southern University.

July 25, 2017

What Safety & Emergency Services Career Field Should You Pick? [Flowchart]

With so many career opportunities in the safety and emergency services industries, it may be hard to narrow down the options. This flow chart will help you decide the best career for you based on your wants and needs.