On Friday, April 27, 2018 Mick Fleming, the Joint Emergency Management Coordinator for the Northwest Central Joint Emergency Management System (JEMS) was presented with the 2018 “5 Phases Award” by the Illinois Emergency Services Management Association (IESMA) at their annual Training Summit in Springfield, IL. The award is presented annually to “an IESMA member that has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in one or more of the 5 phases of Emergency management.” Association president Ron Graziano presented the award to Mr. Fleming for advancement in all five phases within the ten communities served by JEMS. The five phases of Emergency Management are Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response and Recovery.
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.”
The Northwest Central Joint Emergency Management System is a cooperative effort by ten communities to provide for shared, regional Emergency Management services. The ten communities that participate in the JEMS program are Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, Inverness, Mount Prospect, Palatine, Rolling Meadows, Schaumburg and Streamwood. Through the system, participating communities utilize the 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 nwcds.org/jems.html.
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