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When Hialeah Fire Department Emergency Medical Services Division Chief Emmanuel Louis was promoted to his current position last year, he remembers the transition from firefighter paramedic to administrator as sink-or-swim. That experience was Louis' motivation in pursuing his CHDS Emergence Program change initiative, “Mentorship and Personnel Development Program,” which pairs personnel at every level of the fire department with a higher-ranking officer.

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In this three-part series, the Center for Homeland Defense and Security marks the 20th anniversary of its founding by exploring the Center’s inception in 2002, its growth and evolution over the past two decades, and the future of the nation’s premiere homeland security educational institution.

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Taking aim at building public trust and understanding of the Philadelphia Office of Emergence Management, Center for Homeland Defense and Security Emergence Program cohort 2102 participant Vanessa Lyman has been given a “green light” to develop and implement her Emergence Change Initiative entitled “Emergency Management Liaison Officer Community Engagement.”

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Rising from a newly minted government employee to the top administrator at the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol’s National Border Security Intelligence Watch in fewer than a dozen years has been a surprise for Center for Homeland Defense and Security Master’s Program alum Kimberly Ramsey. And she’s crediting CHDS with helping her prepare for taking a leadership role so soon.

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