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Anderson named top EMA director
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Bryan County EMA Director Jim Anderson was named EMA Director of the Year by the Emergency Management Association of Georgia (EMAG). Anderson received the award Tuesday in Forsyth.

Bryan County Administrator Phil Jones announced Anderson’s receipt of the award at a Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday.

"I am indeed honored and humbled to receive this award. I attempt to do a good job for the citizens of Bryan County. For my efforts to be recognized by my peers is indeed very rewarding," Anderson said Friday.

Anderson has been employed by the county for five years. He has 20 years of experience in emergency services.

The county EMA director is certified as a Georgia peace officer, firefighter, national registry paramedic and emergency manager.

"I also hold instructor level certificates with the Georgia Office of EMS, Georgia Fire Standards and Training Council and the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council," he said.

"Since Jim came to work with us we have added fire stations, firefighters and firefighting equipment," Jones said. "We’ve developed internal training programs which were prepared and presented by certified personnel and trained and certified most of the EMT’s as firefighters. We also have acquired a mobile command vehicle – a highly mobile command vehicle that can be deployed anywhere in the coastal region – and built a new emergency operations center. A lot has been accomplished during (Anderson’s) tenure. Improved standardization and ISO ratings have been reduced from a 7/9 to a 5/9. He is hardworking, dedicated and a credit to Bryan County and it citizens."

-Read more in the Bryan County News.

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