Commissioners Name Scott T. Forster Director of Emergency Management/Services
During its December 19 business meeting, the Board of Bucks County Commissioners appointed Scott T. Forster, CEM, to the position of county Emergency Management/Services Director. Mr. Forster joins Bucks County government from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), where he has served since February, 2010 as Division Director, Training and Exercises. He will replace county Emergency Services Director John Dougherty, Jr., who managed the county emergency platform for the last two decades and will retire on December 28, 2012.
“I’m really excited for this opportunity,” Mr. Forster said from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Training Center in Emmitsburg, MD, where he is currently working on a Master Exercise Practitioner (MEPP) certification. “I think John (Dougherty) has created a good emergency management program there in Bucks County, and I want to continue most of the highlights. John and I have worked together many times.”
In addition to his work with PEMA, Mr. Forster has served as an adjunct instructor at Bucks County Community College since May, 2001, as director of PEMA’s State Emergency Operations Center (2004-2010), as an emergency management specialist/counter terrorism program manager for PEMA (2002-2004), and as director of emergency services for Carbon County, PA (1999-2002). In his current role with PEMA, he serves as one of five state members on the FEMA training work group. He recently represented PEMA in the Bucks County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) during Hurricane Sandy.
“By hiring Mr. Forster, I believe we are getting the best of the best,” Commissioner Chairman Robert G. Loughery stated. “His extensive background with PEMA and within the first response community is an ideal fit for Bucks County.”
Mr. Forster plans to emphasize “real time information that’s correct” in the county’s emergency information pipeline, which includes the official county website, www.BucksCounty.org, as well as the county’s social media presence on Twitter and Facebook. In his previous roles with PEMA, he has conducted damage assessments in Bucks County (Hurricanes Jeanne, Frances, and Ivan) and he also has managed a state Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in the county. His experience includes certification as an Emergency Manager, as an Advanced Professional Emergency Manager, as a Hazardous Materials Technician, as an All Hazards Incident Commander, as a Fire Fighter, Fire Instructor, Fire & Explosion Investigator, and as an Emergency Medical Technician. He is studying for a Master of Science, Administration degree through California State University.
Mr. Forster will assume his new duties on December 31, 2012. His annual salary will be $85,000.