Scott Forster, the director of emergency management for Bucks County in Pennsylvania, successfully completed the National Emergency Management Executive Academy run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in mid-September.
Forster took four courses, completed project work outside of class and took part in group collaboration. The courses he took dealt with emergency management leadership, executive policy and decision making, as well as the integration of science into policies and decisions within emergency management.
Forster is one of 80 graduates from the academy. He is also the first graduate from Pennsylvania on a county level.
“We must be prepared at all levels of emergency planning and I am thankful for Scott’s leadership and initiative, staying at the forefront of emergency management," Bucks County Commissioner Chairman Robert Loughery said.
The academy was designed to promote the development of strategic executive leadership. By further developing skills like critical thinking and conflict resolution, students are equipped with the ability to apply their knowledge to everyday situations and problems.
There are three academies designed for different skill and career levels. The executive level is for senior executives charged with making decisions that impact disaster response and recovery management or prevention, protection and mitigation policy.