What do you look for when looking for a job? Are you interested in working with a county Office of Emergency Management? Or working OEM within a police or a fire department? Or perhaps you’re looking to move into the private sector?
“Emergency management” sounds like a pretty vague name for a field, and indeed, the term encompasses a lot of different careers. Today, we’re going to explore the skills necessary for emergency management, as well as some of the specific types of jobs and careers in the field.
Most public safety agencies (fire, law enforcement, and EMS) in the U.S. and Canada do fairly well in using their communication tools, e.g., land mobile radios and wireless devices, for the day-to-day emergency incidents to which they respond. Those same entities, however, can experience real communications challenges when faced with a large-scale or complex emergency event that requires the response of additional resources from multiple agencies.
Topics: Mutual aid operations, mutual aid partners, Communications problems, Emergency Operations Center, Emergency managers, emergency management agency, emergency management, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Harvey, Public safety communications challenges
In my last article Equipping the Emergency Operations Center I discussed the importance of the EOC, some of the innovation that is currently taking place with the advancements in technology, social media, and UAV’s (Drones). Almost every county emergency management agency, State DHS/EMA, and nearly every Federal agency now have some type of Emergency Operations Center.