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Garry W. Neal
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  • Franklin
  • United States
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Lives in:
Franklin, TN
Department:
Retired Franklin Fire Department
Title/rank:
Asst. Chief (Retired)
Years of public service:
22
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Top issues in your department:
Training, EMS, Staffing
Topics you provide training for:
CBRNE, Planning, Investigations, Management
Areas of expertise:
CBRNE, Planning, Investigations, Management, Exercise Development, Curriculum Development
Bio:
Mr. Neal currently serves as the project manager and as a facilitator for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, National Preparedness Directorate, Training and Education Division Course Review Board, Developer and Presenter for Training and Exercise Integration, Training Operations (TEI/TO) Instructor Audit Program, Principle Developer for TEI/TO Training Strategies and Tiered National Core Curriculum Training Program. In addition to these Mr. Neal is aligning current TEI/TO courses to the most recent Target Capability List (TCL) to map the courses to the TCL’s to assist State and Local Jurisdiction to develop training and exercise programs to meet applicable capabilities for which they will be responsible. Mr. Neal served as Regional Exercise Liaison with the Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Emergency Management, and was responsible for obtaining regional input for exercise strategy, planning, scheduling, development support, conducting and evaluating exercises, and conducting study analysis on prevention. While serving in this position, Mr. Neal co-developed the Commonwealth of Virginia’s HSEEP Volume I Training Curriculum, facilitated the initial regional Exercise Planning Workshops (EPW’s), and trained over 200 HSEEP evaluators for the Commonwealth using the 2004 DHS-HSEEP Volume II Curriculum. Mr. Neal Worked at CDC for Lockheed Martin Information Technologies as the Senior Exercise Coordinator for the Center of Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response, Division of Emergency Operations (COTPER, DEO) from August 2007 to December 2007

Prior to being employed with CRA, Inc. in August 2002, Mr. Neal has 23 years of experience as a Tennessee-licensed paramedic, 24 years of fire service experience, 12 years in Fire Service Management, and 11 years in Fire Service Curriculum Development and Delivery. Mr. Neal served as shift supervisor for Williamson County EMS and, while employed with the Franklin Fire Department, served in several capacities such as Fire/Arson Investigator, Training and Safety Officer, Station Officer, and Assistant Chief. Mr. Neal has served as an Adjunct Instructor with Volunteer State Community College for the Fire Science Degree Program and with the National Fire Academy located in Emittsburg, MD

Mr. Neal is a recognized expert in the field of training in the areas of hazardous materials (HazMat) mitigation, fire fighting, and emergency management. His specialties include chemical protective clothing and decontamination, transportation and shipping of HazMat/dangerous goods, CBRNE, and course development and instructional design. Since 1995, Mr. Neal has developed and delivered training programs, including Emergency Response to Terrorism: Basic Concepts, Crime Scene Management for Emergency Responders, WMD and HazMat Evidence Collection, Managing Civil Actions and Threatening Incidents: Protester Devices and Command training, and Federal Bureau of Investigation – Hazardous Materials Response Unit Operations training to more than 30,000 students. These students included front-line emergency responders and Federal, state, and local law enforcement personnel, as well as senior-level administrators





SIGNIFICANT CAREER MILESTONES

From 1995 to 2002, Mr. Neal served as an Adjunct Instructor with the National Fire Academy in Emittsburg, MD. Since being employed with CRA, Inc. Mr. Neal has assisted with the redevelopment of Emergency Response to Terrorism: Basic Concepts training course. The development of Crime Scene Management for Emergency Responders, WMD and HazMat Evidence Collection, Managing Civil Actions and Threatening Incidents: Protester Devices and Command training, and Federal Bureau of Investigation – Hazardous Materials Response Unit Operations training.

Mr. Neal designed, developed, and delivered to a cadre of instructors, TED’s new Instructor Audit Program, to serve as Instructor Auditors for TED. This program was designed to provide feedback to the Training and Education Division to ensure that top quality instructors are delivering the TED certified courses. Mr. Neal is aligning current TED’s courses to the most recent Target Capability List (TCL) to map the courses to the TCL’s to assist State and Local Jurisdiction to develop training and exercise programs to meet applicable capabilities for which they will be responsible. Mr. Neal has served as Principle Developer for TED’s Training Strategies and Tiered National Core Curriculum Training Program.

Mr. Neal has assisted, as a controller or as an evaluator, in the delivery of numerous types of exercises. These exercises included the New Hampshire State-Wide Mass Prophylaxis Full-Scale exercise, State of Hawaii’s Strategic National Stockpile Full-Scale Exercise, the Los Angeles County Strategic National Stockpile Tabletop Exercise, the District of Columbia Mass Casualty-Strategic National Stockpile Full-Scale Exercise, the National Capital Region Command Post Exercise, and the 55th Presidential Inaugural Exercise. In addition, he has assisted in the planning or delivery of two joint exercises for the State of Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Georgia State Patrol, and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency in preparation for the 2004 G8 Summit and the New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority, Office of Emergency Management, FDNY, and NYPD Operation Transit SAFE Exercise.

EDUCATION
 AAS, Fire Protection Technology, Excelsior College, 1993
 BS, Emergency Management, Jacksonville State University, expected Fall, 2008

SKILLS
 Exercise Design, Planning, Delivery, and Evaluation
 NIMS/NRP/ Incident Command
 Emergency Response and Operation Plans Development
 EMS
 Hazardous Materials Response and Plans Development
 Curriculum Design, Development, and Delivery

SPECIALIZED TRAINING
 HSEEP Volume II
 HSEEP Volume III
 IS-700 NIMS Introduction
 IS-230 Principles of Emergency Management
 Paramedic/University of Tennessee Critical Care
 Incident Safety Officer
 Health and Safety Officer
 Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support
 Basic Trauma Life Support
 Advanced Cardiac Life Support
 FBI WMD Operations
 Crime Scene Management for Emergency Responders
 Emergency Response to Terrorism: Basic Concepts
 Emergency Response to Terrorism: EMS
Assistant Chief, Franklin (Tennessee) Fire Department, 19802002
 Station Officer – Direct crews and initiate Incident Command on emergency incidents
 Training and Safety Officer – Coordinate and train for response in the Franklin area
 Fire/Arson Investigator – Crime scene investigation

Captain, Williamson County Emergency Management Agency, 19812000
 Hazardous Materials Response Team – Respond to HazMat incidents

TRAINING/CERTIFICATIONS

Organizational Theories in Practice
 National Fire Academy, National Emergency Training Center
Interpersonal Dynamics
 National Fire Academy, National Emergency Training Center
Fire Service Course Development
 National Fire Academy, National Emergency Training Center
Instructional Methodology
 National Fire Academy, National Emergency Training Center
Hazardous Materials Tactical Operations I & II Instructor, TEMA
 Hazardous Materials Technician, Franklin Fire Department
Fire Service Instructor I
 Tennessee Commission on Fire Fighting
Tennessee Licensed Paramedic
 1980 to present

PUBLICATIONS

Legal Aspects of the Fire Service (Type of publication: professional journal)
This article was an overview of the areas in which Fire Service Officers would have the greatest amount of liabilities and what they could do to minimize their exposure to these liabilities. This article was published in the International Society of Fire Service Instructors journal in March of 1993. This article was an introduction to a one hour presentation at the 1993 Fire Department Instructors Conference and a three hour presentation in 1995 in Indianapolis, IN.


O.S.H.A. Regulations – Are We Confused? (Type of publication: professional journal)
This article was about the similarities between selected O.S.H.A. regulations and National Fire Protection Association consensus standards. This article was an introduction to a three-hour presentation at the 1995 Fire Department Instructors Conference in Indianapolis, IN. This article was published in the International Society of Fire Service Instructors journal in February of 1995.


Interagency Coordination; Considerations for a WMD Crime Scene
(Type of publication: professional magazine) Homeland Protection Professional
This article discussed the roles and responsibilities of the various response agencies that would respond to a WMD incident. This article discussed evidentiary topics directly related to assisting the mission of law enforcement. This article was the focus of a one and one-half hour presentation at the 2004 Fire Department Instructors Conference in Indianapolis

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At 9:58pm on September 3, 2008, Ben Marler said…
C shift, Bubba. C for cool.
At 7:42am on August 28, 2008, Geoff Manfre said…
Gary, great to see you.How are things?
At 8:20pm on August 27, 2008, Ben Marler said…
Boy, what a mug. Good to see your shining face, Boss. How's everything in your world? Don't be a stranger, come by 5 and see us.
At 2:29pm on August 27, 2008, Greg Wild said…
Chief,
Thanks for the nice comments. I appreciate it. I hear that you may be "running" for something locally, but not a road race. Any truth to it?
At 4:31pm on May 31, 2008, Greg Wild said…
Now don't you think that a picture would serve you well? I do,
Greg
At 10:48pm on April 27, 2008, Frank Ricci said…
We could use your photos and your input in our Tactical Building Blocks group. We are on the side under featured groups.
This group will focus on aggressive interior firefighting. We will address tactics that increase your chance of not getting jammed up and cover what actions to undertake if you do.We will cover some big issues as well as small tactical tips
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