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  • Jeff Guthrie appointed new county OEM Director

    Jun 16, 2015 | Read More News
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    jeff guthriePima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry has appointed Jeff Guthrie as the new director of the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. Guthrie has served as the deputy director since 2010 and worked for OEM since 2006.

    Pima County OEM is the local, federally mandated program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and is an extension of the Arizona State Department of Emergency and Military Affairs. The department also assists municipalities and local governments with developing plans and training to ensure the highest level of preparedness.

    Guthrie is a certified Emergency Manager, Master Exercise Practitioner and has a bachelor’s degree in emergency management.

    “My goal is to continue building regional collaboration among local stakeholders and emphasizing current emergency management principles and practices,” Guthrie said. “I will continue to engage the citizens and community partners to build a resilient community and apply emergency plans for adversely impacted populations.”

    As Director, Guthrie also oversees the voter-approved $15 million Emergency Operations Center, 3434 E. 22nd St. The state-of-the-art center, which opened in 2012 and serves as support to Incident Commanders during emergencies, hosts representatives from several first responder agencies in the county along with departments and volunteer agencies affiliated with disaster and emergency response such as the American Red Cross, departments of transportation, health and flood control.
    Before coming to Pima County, Guthrie spent 27 years as a firefighter and still is a certified firefighter and has an associate’s degree in fire science.

    Guthrie is a member of the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs Advanced Team and is a state instructor authorized to conduct several FEMA classes including the Incident Command System and Emergency Operations Center Management. He also is the chair of the Regional Emergency Preparedness Committee, which he started in 2009.

    Jeff Guthrie replaces Mike Hein, who resigned in March.

    Go here for more information about OEM.