Local government

Top Emergency Management Director learned first aid as Cub Scout

Public Safety Commissioner Jen Morrison (left) and state Emergency Management Director Erica Bornemann with winner of the state’s Emergency Management Director of the Year award winner, Sandy Korda.

An Orwell man who learned first aid as a Cub Scout has been named Vermont Emergency Management Director of the Year.

At the Vermont Emergency Management Conference on September 20, in Killington, Vermont Public Safety Commissioner, Jennifer Morrison and VEM Director Erica Bornemann presented the annual Emergency Management Director of the Year award to Sandy Korda of Orwell Emergency Management.

Korda is noted for his efforts to communicate with townspeople ahead of, during, and after emergencies through social media to ensure they receive the latest information and safety messages on hazardous weather and other hazards, among many other accomplishments in his 50 years as an emergency responder!

Korda began his emergency responder career early as a Cub Scout, when he took his first aid merit badge through the Junior Firefighter’s Program provided by the Los Angeles City Fire Department. In college he was an EMT ski patrol and search and rescue member.

Moving to Vermont in 1983, he has been a firefighter with the Orwell Fire Department for the past 34 years, and an EMT with the Orwell First Response Squad, Vergennes Area Rescue Squad and most recently Woodstock Fire and EMS. His involvement in emergency management includes roles as Logistics Officer, Deputy Director and current Emergency Management Director of the Town of Orwell’s Office of Emergency Management.

Korda was nominated by Andrew L’Roe, Emergency Management Planner, Addison County Regional Planning Commission. 

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