Ascension Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Director Rick Webre recently earned the Certified Emergency Manager accreditation, considered to be the highest honor of professional achievement in the emergency management field by the International Association of Emergency Managers.


 Ascension Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Director Rick Webre recently earned the Certified Emergency Manager accreditation, considered to be the highest honor of professional achievement in the emergency management field by the International Association of Emergency Managers.

IAEM has a membership of more than 4,500 emergency managers from local, state and federal government, private industry and military emergency managers. Webre was one of four managers statewide and 59 worldwide to be certified.

“This has been a personal benefit for me,” Webre said. “It’s a standardized test of the emergency management process and is internationally recognized as a certification for emergency management professionals. And my goal here at OSHEP is to have all of my personnel become certified emergency managers also.”

IAEM administers the program for the profession and policy decisions, and judgments are made by a commission of 25 respected professionals in the field. The commission met in September and approved Webre’s extensive credentials package, management essay and written examination.
Requirements included experience, references, education, training and contributions to the profession.

Webre became director of Ascension Parish’s OHSEP in February of 2007 following a 22-year military career in the U.S. Army.

He has has directed emergency management operations during Hurricane Gustav, during numerous hazardous materials incidents, as well as during flooding and high water events.
He was also a liaison for the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security during the BP oil spill in the Gulf and served at the Houma Incident Command Post.

He is currently a commissioner on the Louisiana Emergency Response Commission  and sits on the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Association.