Emergency response coordinator earns certification

The emergency response coordinator for the Auglaize County Health Department recently earned certification from an international board.

Don Jump recently earned the certified healthcare emergency professional (CHEP) designation from the International Board for Certification of Safety Managers (IBFCSM). He had to meet educational, experience and examination requirements set forth by the board to earn the master level designation.

The board developed the CHEP credential to meet a need for a practical but professional certification for healthcare emergency directors, managers, coordinators, associates, consultants, and others who work with or coordinate real world issues with the health sector, according to a press release.

The program relies on information, standards, and best practices from reliables sources, including organizations such as the National Fire Protection Association, American Society for Testing and Materials, Department of Homeland Security, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) , Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OHSA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and accrediting organizations such as the Joint Commission.

According to the resolution, healthcare organizations need professionals that understand how emergency management principles support the healthcare environment of care, the local community and the nation.

Preparing for the credential also provides a better understanding of all the coordination and collaboration involved in healthcare emergency management.

Those earning the CHEP have been trained in a variety of issues, including, incident command system, healthcare emergency management fundamentals and concepts, safety culture, Joint Commission standards, hazardous materials, radiation hazards, pandemic planning, other threats, and healthcare coalitions.

Jump, who previously served as Wapakoneta fire chief until his retirement and was elected as Wapakoneta City Council president, has been working for the Auglaize County Health Department for a year. In addition to his emergency planning duties, he also serves as the coordinator of the Auglaize County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC).