Provided by Prince William Fire & Rescue
On Wednesday, Nov. 15, Katie Kitzmiller, an Emergency Management Planner in the Office of Emergency Management, was granted the designation of Certified Emergency Manager (CEM®) at the 65th annual meeting of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) in Long Beach, California. The CEM® designation is the highest honor of professional achievement available from IAEM (International Association of Emergency Managers), where over 9,000 members work to save lives and protect property and the environment during emergencies and disasters.
Certification applications are peer-reviewed by a Commission of respected professionals in the field. Credential requirements include experience, references, education, 200 hours of training, and documented contributions to the profession. In addition, a management essay requires respondents to submit a response to a scenario they might face while fulfilling emergency management responsibilities. Candidates are also required to pass a written exam.
The new class of CEM®s join the 2,642 other emergency managers who were approved for the designation since January 1993. To maintain certification, CEM® recipients must submit additional training and contributions to the profession every five years.