March 19, 2018
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Two firefighters certified as emergency managers

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Assistant Chief Tom Higgins, Bangor Fire Department, and Lt. Scott Luciano, Orono Fire Department, have completed all the requirements necessary to be awarded Certified Emergency Managers for Maine (CEM-ME).

  This certification requires that recipients exhibit the attributes, training, and experience of an emergency manager in today’s changing world. Both Tom and Scott exemplify the role of a Certified Emergency Manager – Maine, according to the Maine Emergency Management County Directors Council press release.

“Natural and man-made disasters destroy our communities and affect the lives of those for whom we have, as Emergency Managers, accepted the responsibility to serve. While we cannot stop the disasters, we can prepare and mitigate these disasters through certification and training of Emergency Management Professionals,” the council said in the release.

The program is an association that joins all levels of government within the state of Maine, along with all disaster response professionals, together in a cohesive group. Those who hold the CME-ME certification, work toward the common goal of better serving the citizens of Maine, of which emergency managers have responsibility to.

Dirigo or “to guide” is the motto of this award, all recipients are encouraged to assist fellow Emergency Managers in the pursuit of this certification and use the award to the furtherment of professional standards in our field.