Allen County (Ohio) Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management
August 27, 2008
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Allen County EMA
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Trudy K. Jenzer
"Great presentation/discussion regarding the avenues for Public Information Officers to disseminate information in the most effective manner."
Russell J. Decker is the Director of the Allen County (Ohio) Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management. He has been with the agency since 1990, serving as Director since 1998. Mr. Decker currently serves as first vice president for the International Association of Emergency Managers and will serve as the group's president in 2008-2009. In June 2007, he was appointed to the 30-member National Advisory Council for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Mr. Decker earned his designation as a Certified Emergency Manager® (CEM®) from the IAEM in 2003. He is now serving in his second term as a member of the CEM® Commission. He completed FEMA's Professional Development Series in 2001, and holds an Master of Science degree from Tiffin University with undergraduate studies from Ohio State University and the University of Northwestern Ohio.
Co-author of the book Homeland Security: Handbook for Citizens and Public Officials (McFarland & Co., 2006), and published author of numerous articles in professional and trade magazines, Mr. Decker will have his first full book published in 2008, Breaking News: An Emergency Responder's Guide to the Media. Prior to becoming an emergency manager, Russ spent fifteen years as a practicing journalist at the local, regional and national levels, providing him with a unique perspective from "both sides of the microphone."
Mr. Decker was presented the prestigious "Clayton R. Christopher Award" in 2006, recognizing his outstanding contributions as one of the Nation's leading local emergency managers. He received the "Excellence in Public Service" award from the Ohio Chemistry Technology Council in 2005. He served as president of the Emergency Management Association of Ohio in 2002-2003.
Mr. Decker is an instructor in hazardous materials, incident command, arson investigation, and bombs and explosives for the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy and the Ohio Fire Academy. He also serves as an adjunct professor of criminal justice at Tiffin University and Rhodes State College.