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Lives in:
3951 Westlake Dr. Cortland Ohio
Trumbull County HazMat and Mecca Fire Department
Chief Trumbull Co. HazMat and A/C Training Mecca Fire
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Volunteer fire department
Top issues in your department:
Training updates to keep members CE updated, Water rescue and search and rescue
Professional Qualifications:
* Ohio Fire Academy: Feild Training Officer
* Chief Trumbull Co. HazMat
* A/C Training Mecca Fire
* Retired Federal Firefighter (DOD) US Air Force Reserve Base
* IFSAC Certified: Crash Fire Rescue, Rescue, Crash Truck Operator, Fire Apparatus Operator, HazMat (Awareness,operations,Tech,Incident CMD), Incident Command (ICS-300,400), Firefighter II, III
* Ohio Certified Fire Instructor
* Ohio Certtified Peace Officer Instructor
* Rail Car Emergencies
* Chlorine Emergencies
* Ohio Certifed Fire Fighter II
Topics you provide training for:
Hazardous Materials Awareness WMD
Hazardous Materials Operations WMD
Hazardous Materials Technician WMD
Chlorine Emergencies
Emergency Response to Terriorism
Emergency Response to Terriorism WMD Operations Level
Hazardous Materials First Responder PPE
HazMat & WMD First Responder PPE
Managing Company Tactical Operations - Preparing
Managing Company Tactical Operations - Decissionmaking
Managing Company Tactical Operations - Tactics
Incident Command
Pesticide Challenge
Clendestine Drug Labs
Anhydrous Ammonia Emergencies
Areas of expertise:
Fire Fighting
Hazardous Materials
Incident Command
I have been in the fire service since 1969, and upon entering the Military I was in the fire service in the Navy( Damage Control). Upon completion of my Military Duty I worked at the 910th Youngstown US Air Force Reserve Base in Vienna,Ohio as a Firefighter/Rescueman for twenty years.
During my time at the Air Base I was selected to design and impliment a Train the Trainer (T-n-T) program for the DOD in Hazardous Materials in 1992. I had 11(14th Air Force Reserve) bases under my instruction at my base in Vienna, Ohio for these programs. Each base was required to send two members from their Fire Departments to Youngstown for this training.They were all trained and certified as Instructors in the following areas: HM Awareness, Operations, Technician and ICS. When we did the ICS programs I had the Base Commaders from the 11 bases in the class.

In September 1982 I was one of, four original founders of Trumbull County Hazardous Materials Bureau, which was started one month prior to the State of Ohio Fire Marshalls Bureau starting their five satellite teams. We were very fortunate to train and work with the Marshal's Office personnal.Our team is still in operations to this date. Presently Trumbull County Hazardous Materials Bureau is listed in the Ohio Fire Chief's resource program as one of three teams to be certified as a Type II team. Trumbull was the second in the State to reach this status.
In 2004 the Chief of Ashtabula County HazMat Team and I were discussing mutual aid for HazMat Teams and conducted a meeting with our surrounding counties, and from this meeting we were able to Regionalize these County Hazardous Materials Teams. We have regionalized with the following counties in the State of Ohio, Trumbull, Ashtabula, Lake, Geauga, and Portage Counties. We have also included the 910th Fire Department from the US Air Force Reserve base. We have since purchase regional equipment and have been recognized by the State of Ohio EMA, as North- east Regional Hazardous Materials Response Group. Presently I still am a member of the Ohio HazMat TAC

While employed at the Air Base and working a 24/24 shift I was able to start a Hazardous Materials Consulting, and Sales of HazMat supplies and equuipment. This was known as First Response Specialists. I dealt with a variety of Industries and response agencies in Ohio.

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At 3:15pm on May 28, 2009, Todd McKee said…
Welcome to the world's greatest training site. This is where the serious trainers come to train & learn from each other. Please allow me to invite you to the group called "HAZMAT PLACARDS TO SUCCESS". This group is for the firefighter, the EMA officer, and the HazMat Technician. I would love to hear what you have to say. This is a great time to join the group as our main focus is currently the first stages of the HazMat Incident.

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Todd McKee

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