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King University News :: Sullivan County Emergency Management Agency Director to Speak at King

Jim Bean, director of the Sullivan County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) will speak at King College on Oct.15 and 16 as part of King College’s Security Intelligence Studies program lecture series.  The lecture will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in White Hall room 102 on King’s main campus in Bristol, Tenn.

“Key in ensuring America's safety in the post-9/11 environment is efficient collaboration between federal, state, and local agencies,” said Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis, instructor and coordinator for King’s Security Intelligence Studies program.  “Our country has witnessed revolutionary changes in cross-agency collaboration during the last decade, but is there room for improvement?  Could we be doing more to enhance the efficiency and collaboration between different government departments, offices and agencies, that have the same mission, namely the protection of the American public? Mr. Bean will share with us his perspective on this crucial subject.”

Jim Bean began his career as a volunteer in the local rescue squad and volunteer fire department, in Hawkins County, in 1983.  After graduating from Northeast State Community College in 1986 with an associate degree in Electronic Engineering, he decided to follow his heart and stay in emergency services, going to work for Emergency Medical Services in Hancock and later in Hawkins County.

Bean returned to Northeast State to further his education, and, in 1988, graduated from with his Tennessee Paramedic License.  He was then hired by Sullivan County EMS, where he was promoted to Shift Supervisor in 1994.  During this time, Bean continued to volunteer with the Kingsport Life Saving Crew where he concentrated his efforts in specialized rescue, specializing in the field of water rescue.  In addition to being a dive and swift-water rescue instructor, Bean has held the position of water rescue team captain since 1992.  Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Kingsport Life Saving Crew. 

Bean furthered his education at Tusculum College, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management, and in the year 2000, completed his master’s degree, also in Organizational Management.  

He went to work for Sullivan County Regional Health Department as the director of Emergency Preparedness in 2001.  At the time, Emergency Preparedness was an emerging field, brought on as a direct result of the terrorist attacks of 9/11.  Bean and his staff assisted the State of Tennessee by establishing plans to respond to attacks on public health involving biological agents such as Smallpox and Anthrax.

Jim Bean will speak on Oct. 15 and 16 at 6:30 p.m. in White Hall room102 at King College.  For more information, contact Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis at 423.652.6014. 

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