Quinton elected to state EMA board
by Rory Doyle
Jun 25, 2013 | 2543 views | 0 0 comments | 95 95 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Emergency Management Agency Director Bill Quinton was recently recognized for his continued effort in keeping Bolivar County safe.

Quinton was elected to the board of directors for the Mississippi Civil Defense Emergency Management Association, filling the role for the first time in his six-year EMA director career.

Quinton will represent District 3, which covers seven counties in the region.

“I’m proud that the MCDEMA members had the confidence to elect me for the position,” said Quinton. “I’m honored to be selected.”

The MCDEMA board is the leader in Mississippi’s professional emergency management community — at the state, county, municipality and tribal levels.

The purpose of the association is to advance and improve the profession of emergency management through education, increased public awareness and professional development.

“Our focus on the board goes into legislative efforts and lobbying,” added Quinton. “We oversee rules, regulations and bylaws.”

The board also works closely with leaders from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Mississippi Extension Service.

Another major task is determining what trainings statewide emergency workers undergo to keep up with current developments — such as emergency event trainings, live training exercises, active shooter training and emergency weather response.

“Once a year we go to Washington, D.C. to speak with our elected representatives and senators,” said Quinton. “We advise them on requested legislation and express our needs.”

Quinton credited Mississippi congressmen for pursuing Emergency Management Planning Grant funding, a critical operational source.

He gave extra praise to Rep. Bennie Thompson for taking care of our district.

“Losing these funds would hurt emergency management across the state tremendously,” he said. “They listened to the concerns and made sure funding was not cut.”

Quinton said another piece of legislation he is lobbying for is to properly award family members or beneficiaries of emergency workers and volunteers who are killed in the line of duty.

“We’re trying to get the legislature to support a law saying they would be awarded $50,000 after their loss. This almost went through a while back but was held up after committee arguments.”

In Quinton’s new role, he will also help MCDEMA promote the interchange of programs, ideas and best practices in the profession.

MCDEMA aims to create and promote a feeling of fellowship and understanding between county governments, municipal governments, state government and the emergency managers/civil defense directors and staff across Mississippi.

The association is committed to a bipartisan platform.