Presidents Message

Dear AESA Members,

I want to take this opportunity to remind you of the February 18, 2016, Mid-Year “United in Impact, United in Response” Conference at the Twin Arrows Resort near Flagstaff. The Board focused on emergency services activities in northern Arizona when lining up conference presentations, and consequently we have great speakers scheduled on key topics that include the NAU shooting incident, school bomb threat tracking, BNSF Railway emergency planning, the Hopi Tribe emergency management program, BIA emergency activities, and CERT programs in several northern counties. Wendy Smith-Reeve will present a DEMA update.  

As part of long range strategy, we are planning to conduct Mid-Year conferences in a different part of the state each year, so next year’s Mid-Year will likely focus on activities and partners in the south, east, or west region of the state. This is not meant to have each Mid-Year appeal to only those members and partners located in the particular region hosting the conference. It is meant to provide a means to tap into deeper pool of regional experts with firsthand knowledge of issues, lessons learned, and best practices that can be shared with AESA members and emergency services partners statewide. It will also allow AESA to enhance cooperation and interaction with an expanded audience of partners and prospective members in every corner of the state.

The Board encourages you to reach out to your emergency services partners in northern Arizona, provide them with a Mid-Year Conference agenda, and encourage them to consider attendance. We also urge you to consider bringing a partner as a guest. If you are unable to attend the Mid-Year, then it is not too early to consider bringing a guest to the Annual Conference in August. There are a number of disciplines that are underrepresented in AESA, including the fire service, law enforcement, city emergency managers, and school, health services, and business emergency planners, among many others. Our efforts to bring them to the conferences can only further our goal to build a stronger and mutually supporting emergency services capability across Arizona. Thank you.


Byron Steward