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Robert Rhoades
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Hi I'm Bob Rhoades and this is my page. As I stumble onto things I'll post them here and hope they'll be of interest to all of you.

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201 E. Third St., Greenville, Ohio 45331
Greenville Fire Department
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
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Professional Qualifications:
Firefighter I & II
Fire Inspector
Fire Instructor
Hazmat Instructor
Master Exercise Practioner
Topics you provide training for:
Engine Company Operations
Water Movement
Hazardous Materials
Exercise Development and Conduct
Areas of expertise:
Water Movement
Hazardous Materials
Exercise Development
I was a firefighter in Greenville, Ohio for 25 years. After retirement I was appointed to the Ohio Fire Marshal's office where I was a hazmat technician for the Northwest Area of Ohio serving 27 counties in response and training. I am now the exercise coordinator for the Ohio Department of Health. Moving to public health has allowed me to bring the training and information from the fire service in ICS and exercises to the health arena to help public health work as a responder in the age of terrorism and other public health threats. I hold the Master Exercise Practioner Certificate from the Emergency Management Institute at Emmitsburg, Maryland and currently serve as an adjunct instructor at the school. I also serve as an adjunct instructor for the Oho Fire Academy and the University of Findlay.
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The Value of Exercises

I recently served as a controller for an exercise up in New England.  This was a combined exercise based on the dispersion of Anthrax.  This in itself makes it a terrorist incident.  Present at the exercise were fire, EMS, Hospitals, Emergency Management???and one lone policeman.

Unfortunately this is not an exception but pretty much the rule when it comes to exercises, law enforcement just doesn?t show up most of the time. Although in most every case, the training of our law…


Posted on April 16, 2011 at 12:05pm

Biologic Incidents - Looking Back.....

After 30 years in the fire service, the last six as a hazmat tech for the state of Ohio, I thought I was pretty sharp about dealing with hazardous materials.  Then I transferred to the Health Department as an emergency response coordinator.  Then 9/11 happened.  Suddenly I needed to know a whole lot about some things that I knew very little about.  My colleagues at the health department needed to know about response too.  So the die was cast and we forged ahead.




Posted on January 15, 2011 at 7:48pm

ISO Ratings.

There has been a lot of questions concerning ISO ratings in our area. I've compiled some information written from reading everything I could find on the subject. The ISO website is very good and the information is easy to find.k Check it out on my Blogspot:

Posted on August 24, 2010 at 2:01am

All over but the shouting

I have retired and am now trying to figure out what to do when I don't have to do anything.

Posted on January 14, 2010 at 8:30pm


At a recent full scale exercise I was the fire controller and an old acquaintenance of my was the evaluator. This was an IED type exercise at a school football game. Initial response was from the Twp. PD who did an excellent job of taping off the area and controlling the scene. The fire department arrived on the scene with a command vehicle, turned on the big green light and never stepped foot in it again. It was hard to watch an incident like this because the safety of responders was in… Continue

Posted on July 7, 2009 at 2:57pm — 2 Comments

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At 7:21pm on July 11, 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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At 2:20pm on July 3, 2008, Todd McKee said…
Sounds great! Feel free to join the hazmat group and share your thouhgts with us.
At 8:49pm on July 2, 2008, Todd McKee said…
Woul love your input on the HazMat news and training forum. There are great things happening there! Todd MCKee

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