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Evan W. Schumann was named Executive Director of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (Ohio EMA) by Ohio Department of Public Safety Director John Born on Jan. 8, 2015. Schumann’s official start date with the agency was Jan. 26.
Before joining Ohio EMA, Director Schumann was the program manager for Ohio Task Force 1 (OH-TF1), which is the State of Ohio’s Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) task force stationed in Dayton. OH-TF1 is also one of the 28 search and rescue task forces in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Urban Search and Rescue System. Under his leadership, OH-TF1 personnel responded to many disasters such as hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, the Haitian earthquake, mudslides in Washington, and flooding in Colorado.
A licensed civil engineer and a graduate of the Ohio Fire Executive Program, Director Schumann holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Norwich University and bachelor and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Michigan State University.
Director Schumann has been associated with the fire service for nearly 20 years, starting his career with the California Department of Forestry as a wildland firefighter, and most recently as captain of fire operations with the Monclova Township Fire Department (Ohio).
As the program manager of Task Force 1, Schumann has been nationally deployed with FEMA’s Rapid Needs Assessment Team to hurricanes Dean, Ivan and Katrina, respectively. He also has deployed with the State of Ohio Type III Incident Management Team to the Findlay flooding in 2007.
Director Schumann is a certified firefighter, fire instructor, and emergency medical technician in the state of Ohio. He is also a certified logistics section chief and resource unit lead with Ohio’s Type III Incident Management Team.
He is a FEMA-certified instructor for Incident Command System 100-400 series, and an all-hazards logistics section chief and liaison officer. He is also a FEMA US&R Emergency Support Function-9 (ESF) liaison officer to FEMA’s Incident Management Assistance Teams and Joint Field Offices. Beyond FEMA’s National US&R System, his work efforts include development of search and rescue plans from FEMA Region V and the State of Ohio.
Schumann has served in evaluator positions for such events as the 2009 New York State Vigilant Guard and the University of Dayton’s Disaster Management exercises. He has also been involved with efforts to integrate military and civilian search and rescue entities into a unified approach to national disaster response. Schumann services on the FEMA Region V Regional Interagency Steering Committee and the State of Ohio’s Technical Advisory Committees for Incident Management Teams and Technical Search and Rescue. He is married and has two sons.