The Tribal Emergency Management Association

Jake Heflin
President and Interim-Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

October 23, 2013

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Related Web Resources:
iTEMA Website
10/8/13 Press Release announcing partnership with University of Nebraska at Omaha
Ready Indian Country
FEMA Training for Tribal Representatives
Tribal Leaders Brochure

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4 stars 27 Ratings Submitted

5 Stars 7 (26%) Academia 0 (0%)

4 Stars 14 (52%) Business 2 (7%)

3 Stars 6 (22%) Government 12 (45%)

2 Stars 0 (0%) Volunteers 2 (7%)

1 Star 0 (0%) Other 11 (41%)
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"Good presentation."

"Excellent presentation!"

"Nicely done. Interesting organization."

"Thank you."
Dianna Lahmann
WA State Dept. of Health

"Very informative."
Allen Roark
MS Emergency Management

"Thanks for the info on iTEMA!"
Charlie Hanson

"Great presentation."
Mike Russ
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians  / iTEMA Board Member

"Very good event."

"Thanks for sponsoring this session.  Provided information on a topic not all EMs know alot about."
Bruce Binder

"Good general overview of effort thus far."
Shanti Warlick
California Indian Water Commission

"While I am not with a tribal authority/we work closely with the tribes in our state, and recognize them in our state Emergency Management Assn."

"Thank you Amy and Avagene for this opportunity! You offer an excellent service and opportunity for EM professionals to learn of other organizations and efforts in our field. I appreciate you reaching out to iTEMA."
Regina Marotto

"Since the Webinar, I have contacted Jake Heflin and Michael Russ, Tribal Liaison to National VOAD. We have shared information regarding upcoming conferences and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (Austin Tubby, their EMA Coordinator) was on the Webinar as was Dante Gliniecki, Missouri State EMA, my counterpart in that state. I look forward to future programs!"
Allen Roark
MS Emergency Management Agency

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Jake Heflin is an enrolled member of the Osage Nation. He is from the Wa-Xa-Ko-Li District and Tzi-Zho Wah-Shtah-Keh clan. His Osage name is Tah-Wah Gka-Keh (Town Maker). Jake is the current President and CEO for the Tribal Emergency Management Association – “iTEMA”.

Jake is a Firefighter/Paramedic for the City of Long Beach Fire Department. Currently, Jake is assigned to the Community Services Division as serves as the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program Manager for the Fire Department. Jake has been involved in emergency services for over 22 years. He lives in Long Beach, California.

Jake is a member of California Urban Search and Rescue Regional Task Force #3. He is a member of the Long Beach Fire Department Honor Guard and Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) team. Previously, he has served as the LBFD Paramedic Committee Chair, the California State Firefighters Association (CSFA) EMS Committee Chair and a member on the CSFA Tribal Committee. He also sat as a member of the California State Emergency Medical Services Authority Directors Advisory Group. Currently, Jake serves as a Director for the Long Beach Fireman’s Mutual Benefit Association.

Jake is a Paramedic Preceptor for Los Angeles County and has served as a skills and peer instructor for fire and EMS related training. Jake has a Bachelors of Science in Occupational Studies – Vocational Arts from California State University, Long Beach, Ca., Associate of Science in Fire Administration from Santa Ana College, Santa Ana, Ca., Associate of Science in Fire Technology, Medical Services Officer, Santa Ana College, an Associate of Science in Public Fire Service from Santa Ana College, and an Associate of Science in Paramedicine from Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, Ca. Jake holds a California State Teaching Credential and is certified by the California State Fire Marshal’s office as a Firefighter I, Firefighter II, and Fire Officer.

In 2005, Jake was hired as a Consultant for the Osage Nation to design and develop an all-encompassing emergency healthcare system for Osage County, Oklahoma and the Osage Nation. Since then, Jake’s involvement with emergency services in “Indian Country” has increased significantly. Jake sits as a Tribal Representative for a multi-agency federal government task force known as the Tribal Assistance Coordination Group (TAC-G). The TAC-G’s primary focus relates to emergency management in Indian Country. Jake served as a member of the National Tribal All-Hazards Incident Management Team Focus Group sponsored by the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) and is a past Vice President of the National Native American Emergency Medical Services Association (NNAEMSA). Jake is the National Director of Tribal Affairs for the California State Firefighters’ Association and an adjunct instructor for FEMA/EMI where he teaches tribal emergency management, CERT Train-the-Trainer and CERT Program Manager throughout the country. In addition, Jake also serves as a CERT Train-the-Trainer Instructor for CaliforniaVolunteers.

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