Arizona Emergency Services Association

Upcoming events


  • 31 May 2018 3:53 PM | Brent Olson (Administrator)

    Registrations are now open for the Annual Conference. This year the conference will take place on August 22-23, 2018 at the Saguaro Resort in Scottsdale. 

    This year we have a keynote speaker you won't want to miss. Here's a glimpse of what he will bring to the conference!

    Please join in our excitement in welcoming our Keynote Speaker to the 2018 AESA Annual Conference:   

    Dr. David Griffin

    On June 18, 2007, nine firefighters perished in a furniture warehouse fire in Charleston, South Carolina.  The engineer of the first-arriving engine, David, relates how this experience has changed education and training on a national level.  David gives a riveting account of what he witnessed that day, and the crisis that ensued in the fire service and his personal life as well.  Additionally David will speak on his doctoral research on organizational crisis and how an organization can utilize organizational learning to improve upon crisis. 

  • 14 May 2018 10:44 AM | Brent Olson (Administrator)

    The 2018 AESA Annual Conference is fast approaching, and once again time to start the election process to select the leadership for the AESA Executive Board positions for the 2018-2019 membership year. Nominations are now open for the following Board positions:


    • Commitment: 3 Years (One year as President-Elect, one year as President and one year as Immediate Past President).
    • Duties:
      • Perform the duties of the President in his/her absence or disability;
      • Key legislative liaison for all matters relating to emergency services, and the mission and vision of the Association.


    • Commitment: 2 Years, elected in even years.
    • Duties:
      • Maintain records of the proceedings of all meetings;
      • Prepare and distribute an agenda prior to each meeting;
      • Keep on file all board reports and meeting minutes;
      • Verify ballot, and record and keep voting tallies.

    Membership Chair

    • Commitment: 2 Years, elected in even years
    • Duties:
      • Prepare an official membership roster of the Association members;
      • Lead outreach efforts for the conference vendors and sponsors;
      • Promote membership drives.

    Public Affairs Chair (Currently Vacant)

    • Commitment: 2-years
    • Duties:
      • Serves as the Chair of the Public Relations Committee;
      • Recruit and directly supervise technically proficient members to aid in modifying and maintaining the website and social media resources.

    Member-at-Large (One Position)

    • Commitment: 2 years (There are two Member-at-Large positions. Each will be elected in alternating years to provide continuity to the Board)
    • Duties: Provide support and guidance to the Executive Board by serving on various committees as directed by the President.

    Nomination Process:

    Members can nominate any current member or self-nominate themselves for any position open for election this year. If nominating another member, the member must be willing to accept the nomination. To self-nominate or nominate another member, please send nominations to Brent Olson (, Elections Chair no later than 5 p.m. Friday August 17, 2018. The election will be held during the conference on August 22, 2018.

    For an association to be successful, it’s important for membership to be engaged. Serving as an Executive Board member is one opportunity to help AESA continue to be successful in advancing Emergency Management in Arizona.


    Thank you for being part of AESA! 

  • 1 Dec 2017 11:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Brock Long Testifies on Capitol Hill before the House Appropriations Committee on a Wide Range of Issues

    On Thursday, November 30, FEMA Administrator Brock Long testified before the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee on the Trump Administrations's request for an additional $23.5 billion in disaster relief funding for FEMA. 
    Administrator Long provided wide-ranging testimony. He not only spoke directly to the third supplemental funding request, but more importantly, he offered the Subcommittee his vision of what he wants to accomplish as FEMA Administrator. He said he didn't come to the job to maintain the status quo, stating he is looking to change the face of emergency management in the way the country addresses resiliency. He also stated he has hundreds of ideas on how FEMA should move forward in the future and shared with the subcommittee a few points he is considering:

    • He is looking at how FEMA can be most effective in response and recovery.
    • He is concerned funding is fragmented and confusing.
    • He wants to enhance pre-disaster mitigation.
    • He believes there is a need to ensure state and local capability.
    • He is looking at how FEMA can best support state and local shareholders.

    In addition, Administrator Long noted the need for a few changes in law. First, he expressed his concerned with the formula used to determine annual funding for the Disaster Relief Fund (DRF). He noted the formula is based in part on a 10-year average in disaster spending and that because the United States had not had a major hurricane prior to 2017 in 11 years, the DRF funding level will fall for the next several years, even as they expect to need more funding. Further, the Administrator stated his concern that the current National Flood Insurance Program is not sustainable and that even with the recent legislative cancelling of $16 billion in program debt, the program needs changes to remain viable. 
    Prior to the Administrator's testimony, several subcommittee members made opening statements. These statements were complimentary of Administrator Long and the work of FEMA, but all expressed concern that the amounts requested by the Administration were not adequate to deal with the full magnitude of the damage from this year's hurricanes and the California wildfires. Three subcommittee members, including Subcommittee Chairman John Carter, are from Texas and these members noted the need for more disaster relief funding for Texas. Other subcommittee members noted the magnitude of damage to Puerto Rico with several questions on recovery efforts there, especially with regards to the island's electrical grid.
    In speaking with several subcommittee members and staff after the hearing there was a general consensus that Administrator Long was an impressive witness with a significant grasp of the details. Subcommittee staff could provide no timeline on when action on this 3rd supplemental disaster funding request will be completed. They expect it to be before the end of December, but  with the need for some sort of budget deal to keep the federal government open beyond December 8th, they could offer nothing definite.

    (Summary provided by Rick Healy)

  • 17 Oct 2017 10:46 AM | Brent Olson (Administrator)

    FEMA Intergovernmental Affairs Advisory

    FEMA Releases the Refreshed

    National Incident Management System


    October 17, 2017  

    This year’s active hurricane and fire seasons highlight the importance of working together before, during, and after disasters of all types and sizes. NIMS provides a common, nationwide approach to enable the whole community to work together to manage all threats and hazards. 

    Today, FEMA released the refreshed National Incident Management System (NIMS) to ensure that this important guidance continues to reflect the collective expertise of the whole community. NIMS applies to all incidents, regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity. 

    Through an iterative process of engagement with stakeholders from across the nation, FEMA reviewed more than 3,000 comments to update NIMS guidance and incorporate the collective expertise and experience of the whole community. 

    The refreshed NIMS:

    ·         Retains key concepts and principles of the 2004 and 2008 versions of NIMS;

    ·         Reflects and incorporates policy updates from lessons learned from exercises and real-world incidents and disasters;

    ·         Clarifies the processes and terminology for qualifying, certifying, and credentialing incident personnel, building a foundation for the development of a national qualification system;

    ·         Clarifies that NIMS is more than just the Incident Command System (ICS), and that it applies to all incident personnel, from the incident command post to the National Response Coordination Center;

    ·         Describes common functions and terminology for staff in Emergency Operations Centers (EOC), while remaining flexible to allow for differing missions, authorities, and resources of EOCs across the nation; and

    ·         Explains the relationship among ICS, EOCs, and senior leaders/policy groups.

    FEMA will host a series of 60-minute webinars to discuss the updates in the refreshed NIMS and answer questions related to NIMS.  The webinars will be open to the whole community.


    To review the refreshed NIMS document and for additional webinar information, visit:


    FEMA continues to support strengthening the security and resilience of the nation by working to improve the ability of all to manage incidents, events, and emergencies.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact FEMA Intergovernmental Affairs at 202-646-3444.




    FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

  • 3 May 2017 7:49 PM | Brent Olson (Administrator)

    Welcome to the new website for the Arizona Emergency Services Association!

    This site is part of a new member management system we have moved to for better management of our membership information, easier membership sign-up and renewal, and more efficient management for conference registrations and attendance.

    For the first time, we are also able to provide an online statewide membership directory, to help link us together more than ever as an association, and to further enhance emergency management communications throughout the state. No worries about what is shared. You control your own contact information.

    Part of this system allows YOU to set your privacy settings, and determine what profile information you want to share with the rest of the membership. Your name, email, phone numbers are all under your control! The default is that no one's information is shared until YOU adjust your profile to share it. I hope you take the opportunity to share your information, and widen your reach throughout the state!

    We hope to continue building this site as we move forward with emergency management articles, resources, vendor information, news and create a space that furthers the emergency management profession in the State of Arizona.

    We are only as strong as we want to be. I am encouraging you to get involved! Comment on a blog post. Submit a article to include in the blog. Volunteer for a committee. How about running for an AESA Executive Board position! Let's make AESA vital part of Arizona Emergency Management!



PO Box 67204 Phoenix, Arizona 85082

Copyright © 2017 Arizona Emergency Services Association

All Rights Reserved

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software