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Mike Bryant New Gadsden Etowah County EMA Director

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Wednesday, 24 March 2010 23:02

Etowah County Native, Mike Bryant, named new Gadsden Etowah County Emergency Management Agency Executive Director

(Gadsden, AL - March 24, 2010) During Tuesday's Gadsden City Council meeting, the appointment of acting director, Mike Bryant as the new Director of Gadsden-Etowah County Emergency Management was made official.

While the Etowah County Commission also passed a resolution during their meeting last week in support of Bryant's appointment, oversight of the EMA belongs to the City of Gadsden.

Prior to his appointment as EMA Director, Bryant has served in the agency as Public Information Officer in 2003 as part of the Chemical Stockpile Preparedness Program (CSEPP). In 2006, he was promoted to CSEPP Planner, then to Deputy Director of Operations in 2008. Bryant took the helm of the agency on March 23, 2010.

Bryant was born and raised in the Gadsden area. His mother taught him the value of reading, which led him to be an appreciator of literature and libraries. He is a graduate of Gaston High School.

Following high school, Mike joined the United States Air Force. He served four years under the National Security Agency. Three of those years, Mike served as an Intercept Radio Operator at Royal Air Force station Chicksands just outside of Bedford, England. As the Intercept Radio Operator, Mike was in charge of monitoring weather conditions over the former Soviet Union during the Cold War. Mike also received electronic and radio schooling from Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi during his time in the U.S. Air Force.

Following his stint in the Air Force, Mike was employed by Goodyear Tire & Rubber in Gadsden. He worked for 39 years at Goodyear, where he worked primarily in production. Mike was selected as Behavioral Safety Coordinator for three years at the Gadsden plant.

In addition to his EMA duties, Mike is the National Incident Management System (NIMS) point of contact for Etowah County. In this role, Mike assures that various agencies around the county have adequate training as prescribed by NIMS guidelines. This is important for the enhancement and continuation of federal funding for Etowah County.

Mike has received various awards and certifications. Among them are:

  • Alabama Association of Emergency Managers Advanced Level Emergency Manager Certification

  • NIMS certifications

  • Public Health certifications

  • Radiological certification

  • Recognition from FEMA, the States of Kentucky and Indiana for effort and performance as evaluator for CSEPP exercises

Mike is married to Yvonne Bryant and has five children.