EMU's Lawver receives national honor for teaching emergency responders
YPSILANTI - Admittedly, EMU Professor Gerald “Skip” Lawver has never been in a hurricane.
And while he says he hopes he never will, Lawver has helped many in the Gulf Coast region by training a large number of the emergency responders from Texas who went into the storm’s aftermath after Hurricane Katrina and Rita.
It should come as no surprise then that Lawver was recently honored by the National Center for Biomedical Research and Training as one of the top three instructors in the nation.
“It’s very nice to be recognized like this, but I am more concerned with getting more people out there who know what to do in a time of crisis,” said Lawver, who has been at EMU for more than 37 years.
Lawver, who teaches courses in Incident Command, and Emergency Response to Terrorism in Texas and Michigan, is the founding director of EMU’s Center for Regional and National Security (CeRNS). Before joining the faculty at EMU, Lawver was a police officer for 18 years.
The award is based on participant evaluations and the number of students taught. From August 2004 through June 30, 2005, Lawver and the two other honorees taught 35 classes and approximately 1,388 participants.
The award was based on law enforcement officials only, Lawver said. It does not count the numerous fire and medical professionals and traditional EMU students he has instructed.
Lawver teaches incident command, unified command, terrorism, terrorist bombings, and disaster management and recovery at a number of schools, businesses and industrial sites including: Ford, General Motors, DaimlerChrysler, University of Michigan Hospital, and the Tunnel and Bridge authorities across Michigan, New York, and Texas as well as a number of law enforcement agencies including Detroit Metropolitan Airport. He is a certified instructor from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in many areas.
Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.
Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.
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