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Upstate Medical University emergency preparedness specialist receives highest certification

Upstate Medical University's Brad Marmon, MPH, has earned the highest national certification for emergency management.

Marmon received the Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) credential, the highest honor of professional achievement available from the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM).

Marmon has more than 10 years of experience leading emergency preparedness and life safety programs, including as senior emergency management program specialist at Upstate for more than half of that.

“I am thrilled to have finally achieved the CEM designation,” Marmon said. “This has been a long-term goal since I first started my emergency management career in 2012. I am very grateful for the opportunity and support I continue to receive in order to operate at the highest levels of the profession. "

In his role at Upstate, Marmon serves as a liaison and advisor between Upstate Incident Command and community emergency management agencies during critical incidents that may impact Upstate; maintains emergency operations plans and oversees an annual disaster exercise to determine preparedness.

Christopher Dunham, MBA, director of Emergency Management at Upstate, said that Marmon is an outstanding emergency manager, and that this certification proves it nationally, as extensive training and testing are required to achieve such an honor.

“Brad has demonstrated superb expertise in assisting Upstate during many critical events; his sense of duty, calm and level-headed performance under extreme pressure, and disaster response knowledge all combined make him one of the best emergency managers Upstate has ever had,” Dunham said. “Ever.” 

In order to complete the CEM, candidates must document a wide variety of training and education to include 100 hours of Disaster/Emergency Management training, plus 100 hours of General Management training within the last 10 years. Among the trainings Marmon completed are FEMA Basic Emergency Management Academy and Hospital Emergency Response Team Training at FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness. He also took multiple courses in leadership and influence, and decision making to meet the general management requirement. 

Marmon earned his master of public health (MPH) degree in biosecurity and disaster preparedness at Saint Louis University after earning a bachelor of technology degree in emergency management and disaster preparedness at SUNY Canton, where he is currently an adjunct instructor. Before coming to Upstate, he served as the director of safety and emergency preparedness at the Rescue Mission Alliance of Syracuse.

He is a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers and the New York State Emergency Management Association. He was appointed to SUNY Canton Center for CJ, Intelligence & Cybersecurity Advisory Board in 2021.