When I hear about Emergency Managers doing good work, I like to recognize them in my blog. The Austin American-Statesman recently noted that Mike Fisher, Emergency Management Coordinator from Bastrop County, was recognized with the Jack Griesenbeck Leadership in Regionalism Award. This is an honor awarded annually by the Capital Area Council of Governments. The Council recognized Fisher with the award for his dedication to wildfire prevention and his commitment to emergency response with a regional approach.
The CAPCOP website indicates that Fisher’s “distinguished career includes experience in various crucial capacities with the City of Bastrop and Bastrop County, including a decade of service as the city’s fire chief. In addition, Fisher is a founding member of the Capital Area Wildfire and Incident Management Academy at Camp Swift in Bastrop County. This year marks the 15th continuous offering of the academy, held each October. In September 2011, Fisher served as the local incident commander along with state and federal counterparts to manage the Bastrop County Complex Wildfire.”
“Fisher is currently assigned as deputy team leader of the Capital Area Type 3 Incident Command Team; serves on the state’s Emergency Management Preparedness Grant Advisory Committee; and since 2006 has actively served on CAPCOG’s Homeland Security Task Force, which provides regional coordination and response for major events such as the Bastrop County fires. Among his many honors and awards, Fisher also was named Citizen of the Year by the Bastrop Chamber of Commerce in 2011.”
“The CAPCOG award is named after former Bastrop County Judge Jack Griesenbeck, who served as the agency’s first chair in 1970. Griesenbeck, who understood the need for collaboration across city and county lines, played a key role in creating the 24-member Texas Association of Regional Councils.”
Many emergency managers across the State of Texas are working on regional approaches to deliver services to citizens in a more effective manner. It is nice to see Mike Fisher get noticed for his efforts!