Seth Sawyer

Seth Sawyer

Seth joined CEMA in February 2019 as an Emergency Management Specialist serving within Operations and Logistics.

Seth has served his community in a wide range of fields to include emergency and disaster management, fire, rescue, emergency medical services, behavioral health and wilderness search and rescue. Starting when he was 16, Seth served as a volunteer with the Driver Volunteer Fire Department in Suffolk, Virginia. His passion for public safety led him to volunteer with other first responder agencies while pursuing his education. In college, he served with the Blacksburg Fire Department as a live-in firefighter as well as volunteering with Montgomery County Emergency Services, the Virginia Tech Wildland Fire Crew and as a board member of the Blacksburg Rescue Squad. He was also the Captain of the Southwest Virginia Mountain Rescue Group, a search and rescue group deployed by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management to missions across the Commonwealth. Seth discovered his love of emergency management while working as an Emergency Management Technician for the Virginia Tech Office of Emergency Management, the first institution of higher education awarded EMAP accreditation. Post-graduation, Seth served as the Disaster Program Manager for the American Red Cross of Southeast and Coastal Georgia. Within his role, Seth provided relief and assistance to those suffering from home fires, floods, wildfires, tornadoes, tropical storms and hurricanes.

Seth holds a Master of Public Administration and Policy as well as a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Virginia Tech. He is also a graduate of the National Emergency Management Basic Academy.

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