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County's Emergency Response Coordinator Named 2007 New Jersey Emergency Manager of the Year

(Woodbury, NJ) - Gloucester Countys Director of the Office of Emergency Response, J. Thomas (Tom) Butts has been selected as the Northeast States Emergency Consortium's 2007 New Jersey Emergency Manager of the Year. He will be presented with a proclamation by the Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders on August 8th to mark this achievement.

The Northeast States Emergency Consortium (NESEC) is a not for profit all-hazards emergency management organization whose members include Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. NESEC is the only all-hazard state consortium in the nation and is supported and funded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

"Tom Butts has been the County's Emergency Response Coordinator since 1998. He is recognized and respected locally and throughout the state for his accomplishments and extensive knowledge. We are proud that Tom is being recognized by this prestigious organization for his work, and we are fortunate to have him,' said Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney.

"Tom is a true professional and he is a large part of keeping emergency workers, and our residents, safe and informed. Our county is continually growing and technology is always advancing and Tom is always up for the challenges we place in front of him," Director Sweeney said.

Freeholder Helene M. Reed said that one of Tom Butt's many accomplishments was initiating County's Police Communication's Center, which will serve 23 of the county's 24 towns when Monroe Township comes online in October of this year. Tom is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Department of Emergency Response consisting of 140 employees.

"Tom has always been at the forefront of emergency response," Reed said. 'His understanding of police, first responders, and dispatching, and his knowledge of how technology and organization enhance the communications field has helped make Gloucester Countys Office of Emergency Response a premier institution in New Jersey," Freeholder Reed stated. Reed is the Freeholder Liaison to the County's Office of Emergency Response.

Reed said that under Butts leadership, Gloucester County became first County in New Jersey to offer NCIC (National Crime Information Center) MV (Motor Vehicle Files), and AOC (Administrative Office of the Courts) information over a county network. He also supervised the creation and development of the CBRNE Team (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives Team).

Edward S. Fratto, Executive Director of the Northeast States Emergency Consortium, said that Tom Butts was selected for this award for exhibiting the highest standards of excellence, dedication, and accomplishment in the field of emergency management. "He is recognized for his ability and devotion in keeping with the highest traditions of emergency management," said Fratto.

As Gloucester County's Emergency Response Coordinator Tom Butts is currently working with the county in developing a county-wide regional Emergency Medical Services program. He is responsible for the application and facilitation of the Countys Homeland Security Grants and the Countys 9-1-1 PSAP (Public Safety Answering Point) grants. He has worked with the State on the acquisition of the Neptune System (a massive pump and firefighting foam delivery system) and researched and implemented a sophisticated early warning system (Roam Secure) to notify residents of emergencies via text messaging or other pda's.