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June 15, 2013

Whitfield EMA director receives rare professional certification

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security (GEMA) formally recognized Whitfield County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Claude Craig as a Georgia Professional Emergency Manager.

“This certification is a remarkable and noteworthy achievement,” GEMA/Homeland Security Director Charley English said. “Very few people have ever achieved this level of professional education in the emergency management profession in Georgia.”

In fact, according to Charles Dawson, operations division director for GEMA, who presented the certification to Craig during Monday night’s county commission meeting, Craig is only the second person in Georgia to earn the Professional Emergency Manager certification.

The requirements for the certification are rigorous and include nearly 30 special courses including independent study, field-delivered courses and resident courses taught at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth. They cover a wide range of specialties and disciplines including incident command, hazardous materials, hazardous weather preparedness, crash extrication and exercise design.

A Georgia Professional Emergency Manager must have at least five years of service in the emergency management profession and must have made contributions to the profession through teaching, research and community involvement or published articles. In addition, the individual is required to obtain 150 hours of continuing education and to have managed at least one full-scale emergency exercise.

“Whitfield County residents can take pride in the level of professional preparedness and commitment that their EMA director has shown,” English said.

Craig has more than 40 years of experience in public safety, all in Whitfield County. He has served with the Whitfield County EMA for more than five years and as director since 2010.

“Meeting the requirements to obtain this ranking enhances our ability to provide for the citizens of Whitfield County during times of emergency,” Craig said.



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