Contributed by the City of Manassas
City of Manassas, VA . . . Amelia Gagnon, Emergency Management Planner for the City of Manassas, has been named Outstanding New Emergency Management Professional for 2014 by the Virginia Emergency Management Association. The award recognizes an emergency management professional who at the time of the annual VEMA conference has served 24 months or less in their position and who during that time has displayed enthusiasm and made specific accomplishments or improvements to the local program.
Amelia was hired in 2013 by the City of Manassas Fire and Rescue Department’s Prevention and Preparedness Division. In her short tenure, she has developed and presented training to all City departments on responsibilities for their emergency support functions. She coordinates the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at major annual city events and has recruited and trained other city employees to fill EOC positions. Amelia has also worked with Manassas City Public Schools on their safety initiatives.
“It takes spirit, dedication, and perseverance to change the course of an organization and Amelia has helped to do just that,” said Fire & Rescue Chief Brett Bowman. “With her fresh outlook and positive attitude, she has built bridges with other city departments and partner agencies and established relationships that are critical in an emergency situation.”
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