Village's emergency management coordinator receives award
The Joint Emergency Management Coordinator for the Northwest Central Joint Emergency Management System (JEMS), Mick Fleming, has been presented with the 2018 “5 Phases Award” by the Illinois Emergency Services Management Association (IESMA). The Village is a member community of JEMS, which is a cooperative effort by 10 communities to provide for shared, regional Emergency Management services. In addition to Hoffman Estates, the other members include Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Inverness, Mount Prospect, Palatine, Rolling Meadows, Schaumburg and Streamwood.
The IESMA award is presented annually to an IESMA member who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in one or more of the five phases of emergency management: Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response and Recovery. Mr. Fleming earned the award due to demonstrated advancement in all five phases within the ten communities served by JEMS.
JEMS Board member and Hoffman Estates Village Manager Jim Norris said, “The Village of Hoffman Estates benefits tremendously through our involvement in JEMS. All 10 communities receive the same training and have the ability to share resources, both equipment and personnel, in the case of a disaster. This creates significant redundancy within our region and response capability for our community.”
Mr. Fleming said, “All of our efforts have been focused on achieving a common goal, which is to advance our programs in every facet of emergency management. We’re lucky in that everyone understands that pooling our efforts is helping us to get there more efficiently and effectively than any community going alone.”
Participating communities utilize the JEMS program staff to drive industry standards and best practices into regional planning, training and exercises. From an all-hazards approach, JEMS staff collaborate with municipal leadership to build community-wide emergency management capabilities in all phases of emergency management. More information about the program is located at www.nwcds.org/jems.