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EMA SealThe McLean County Emergency Management Agency is looking for individuals interested in the field of Emergency Management to join the Field Operations Division. The Field Operations Division, which is solely comprised of volunteers, offers opportunities to work in conjunction with other public safety professionals in a variety of different emergency and public-service instances while also developing its team members into professional Emergency Management practitioners.

Our mission is preparation for and carrying out disaster response and recovery as may be necessary or proper to prevent, minimize, repair, and alleviate injury and damage resulting from disasters occurring by natural or man-made causes.

The Operations Team within the Field Operations Division is the response arm of the McLean County Emergency Management Agency and, while not responding to an incident, spends its efforts in preparation for emergencies and disasters. The response functions within the agency include: Incident Management, Search and Rescue, Managed Incident Communications, Severe Storm Operations, Winter Weather Operations, Supplemental Lighting and Power, Mass Casualty Incident Support, and Damage Assessment. The team is led by the Chief of Operations who reports to the Director of the Agency and who is assisted by several command staff officers. Operations Team Officers are the backbone of the Team and perform much of the field-related work associated with the Team’s responsibilities.

Highly qualified individuals will be those with a serious interest in the field Emergency Management by continuing to learn the aspects of the discipline and applying them in a professional manner with the McLean County EMA. Prior experience in public safety agencies providing services such as law enforcement, fire services, emergency medical services, or honorable service in the United States Armed Forces will make applicants highly competitive. Additionally, individuals with at least a Bachelor’s degree (in any field) or those pursuing such a degree are also highly competitive due to the theoretical and academic nature of many of the training courses.

The Operations Team meets during the first, third, and fourth Thursday evening of each month at 6:30 pm for training and event preparation. Additionally, Team members are expected to be available for incident activations and public-service events as they occur throughout the year. New Team members will be required to complete 140 hours of structured classroom and field training through their Probation and Field Training programs over the course of their first year with the Agency.

McLean County EMA Operations TeamAll applicants must meet the following requirements at the time of submitting their application in order to be eligible for consideration:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Hold a valid Illinois driver’s license (driving record will be thoroughly reviewed as part of the applicant’s background check)
  • Have no felony charges or convictions
  • Be able to perform the essential functions of the Agency with or without a reasonable accommodation

Individuals will be invited to meet with Command Staff members to discuss the Operations Team in more detail and to assess the individual’s ability to successfully fit into the team and perform the expectations of the position. Qualified applicants must undergo and pass a thorough background check and must swear an oath before being designated as a Probationary Officer. Only those candidates deemed competitive through the entire application process will be extended an offer to join the Operations Team.

For more information on the Operations Team and its opportunities, you can review the following documents:

Additional information can be obtained by contacting Lieutenant Thomas Rutherford who oversees the team's membership process. Simply click on the command staff member's name to contact them via the website’s contact form.

If you're ready to begin the membership process, click here to access the Application for Membership. You will need to fill out the application electronically and then print and sign it and mail the paper copy to the EMA offices at the Law and Justice Center in Bloomington.

The McLean County EMA does not discriminate based on race, sex, color, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, military/veteran status, or disability.