Effingham County EMA Coordinator Pamela Jacobs was recognized at Monday’s County Board Meeting for receiving the Illinois Professional Emergency Manager Certification. According to Jacobs, the process to obtain the certification involves a series of training sessions and exercises involving emergency situations.
Jacobs said she has been working toward the certification since she took the position three years ago. “All the training has gone towards this” Jacobs said during an interview.
In addition to the extensive training required for the certification, Jacobs said that she benefited as an EMA Coordinator because of experiences of working with other emergency personnel and agencies during her training.
“One of the most important things I’ve learned as an emergency manager, is that all of those pieces of an effective response are hugely important” Jacobs stated to the county board while reading a letter sent to IMEA as part of the accreditation process.
During Monday’s meeting Jacobs was officially congratulated and thanked by the County Board.