Northampton Fire (Retired) ; Massachusetts Fire Academy; Texas A+M
Captain (Retired)/ Instructor still working
Years of public service:
Paid fire department
Top issues in your department:
Retired Fire Captain, presently working as an instructor for Massachusetts Firefighting Academy and Texas A&M
NORTHAMPTON FIRE DEPARTMENT, Northampton, MA June 1972-March 2006
• Captain, October 1978–March 2006 (Retired)
• Acting Shift Commander, 1996-1997
• Acting Deputy Chief, 1984–87; 1990
• Firefighter, 1972–78
• Emergency Medical Technician
Ensure safety of diversified city with daytime population of approximately 40,000 (official population 29,000). Special circumstances include:
• Medical Facilities: large regional private hospital, Veterans Administration hospital campus, long-term care facility, several nursing homes.
• Special Needs Populations: County jail, numerous residential group homes serving de-institutionalized mental patients, mentally and/or physically disabled, recovering substance abusers, and criminals at the end of their sentence. Seven city-owned elderly/disabled housing complexes, including two high-rises. Several large public and project housing projects and cluster developments.
• Historic Districts: Several official and unofficial districts of 100-150-year-old buildings, including two densely populated downtown districts.
• Retail/Commercial/Industrial: Industrial Park, many scattered manufacturing businesses. Extensive highway and downtown business districts. railroad, airport, multipurpose county fairgrounds (used for major concerts, food festivals, etc.), and interstate highway.
• Educational Facilities: Seven Sisters college, residential school for the deaf, regional vocational high school, six public schools.
Training and Supervision:
As Shift Commander, train and supervise 2 captains and 10 firefighters assigned to three pumps and one ladder truck; responsible for crew's personal safety. Train crew in basic firefighting, hydraulics, fireground tactics, ground and aerial ladder work, all aspects of rescue (i.e., water, confined space, extrication from buildings and vehicles), hazardous materials control, and all other areas of fire suppression and rescue. Responsible for the day to day operations of the shift at two stations along with the associated paperwork. Conducts inspections in the absence of the Fire Prevention Officer. Must be familiar with the Massachusetts General Laws and Massachusetts Fire Prevention Codes, as well as the NFPA Codes.
Supervise computer operation, conduct smoke detector, #2 fuel oil and propane/LP gas inspections, Hazardous Material Officer, , Asst. Infection Control Officer, served on Regionalized Local Emergency Planning Committee, record keeper for fire reports and forwards to State Fire Marshal’s Office , Knox Box Administrator. Member Commonwealth of Mass District 4 Hazardous Materials Response Team with extensive training in the W.M.D. Field. Extensive operations inside Level A & B Protection, in many different atmospheres.
• Instituted computerization of all fire reports.
• Instituted computerization of Tier 2 forms in CAMEO.
• Compiled two hazardous materials reference libraries.
• Wrote policies/procedures manual for infection control, hazardous materials, helicopter standby and apparatus operation.
• Wrote and had enacted City Ordinances for Key Boxes
and Hazardous Materials Spill Reimbursement.
MASSACHUSETTS FIREFIGHTING ACADEMY, Stow, MA 1985–present
• Level II Instructor for the following courses:
• Gas Firefighting (LP Gas and Liquefied Natural Gas) Extensive training in LNG/LPG
• Hazardous Materials Course Levels: Awareness 8 hr/Operations 24 hr/Technician 160 hr teaching others to operate in Level A & B protection
• 12-Week Basic Recruit Firefighter Training Course
• Flammable Liquids Firefighting
• Emergency Response to Terrorism-Basic Concepts-HAZMAT + EMS + Company Officer including CRBNE (B-NICE) emphasis. Dept of Public Health ICS and PPE Decon.
(SATURN) Statewide Anti-Terrorism Unified Response Network
• Infection Control for the Company Officer
• Numerous Counter-Terrorism Presentations
• Certification Exami
Topics you provide training for:
Rural Water Supplies
Pumps and Hydraulics
Areas of expertise:
United States Government Agencies
Federal Bureau of Investigation/Massachusetts State Police
32 hours June 1981
United States Drug Enforcement Agency
Clandestine Laboratory Investigation Safety
32 hours September 1990
United States Department of Transportation
Cargo Tank Roadside inspection
32 hours March 1993
United States Environmental Protection Agency
Air Monitoring for Hazardous Materials
40 hours February 1993
United States Environmental Protection Agency
16 hours May 1994
16 hours December 1998
Federal Bureau of Investigation/Calif. Div. Forestry/Mass. State Police
Advanced Bomb + Explosive Investigation for
Hazardous Device/Materials Technicians
Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction
32 hours April 17-19, 2002
Department of Justice
Domestic Preparedness Equipment Technical Assistance Program
General Physics Corporation
Operation & Maintenance of the SAW Minicad mkII Chemical Agent Detector
Operation and Maintenance of the Draeger Civil Defense System
Operation and Maintenance of the Ludlum 2241-2 Radiation Response Kit
Operation and Maintenance of the MiniRAE Plus Photo Ionization Detector
Operation of the APD 2000 Chemical Agent Detector
Use of Chemical Agent Detection Materials-M8,M9,M256A1 Kits
32 hours October 2000 and October 2004
Department of Homeland Security
Center For Domestic Preparedness
Weapons of Mass Destruction
HAZMAT Technician Course
COBRA Chemical Ordinance-Biological-Radiation
May 20 - 24, 2003
June 5-9, 2005
Instructor Training Course (40 hr)
June 13-17, 2005
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Hazardous Materials Specialist- WMD
10 July 2003
New Mexico Tech
Energetic Materials Research and Testing
Socorro, New Mexico
Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings
Technical Operations Course 32 hours
29 July 2003 - 1 August 2003
Prevention and Response to Suicide Bombing Investigations
Technical Course 36.5 hours
29 Nov 2004 - 3 December 2004
National Center for Exercise Excellence
Nevada Test Site, Bechtel Nevada
Radiological/Nuclear Course for HAZMAT Technicians
15-18 September 2003
Louisiana State University
Public Safety WMD Response-Sampling Techniques & Guidelines
22-24 March 2005
Dugway Proving Ground
Advanced Chemical/Biological Integrated Response Course
12-16 September 2006
Please allow me to invite you to the group called Unique HazMat Incidents. I will be presenting this at 2009 FDIC and would love to hear some of your thoughts. We are currently talking about some real interesting issues.
Good News! Last week I was cleared to drive the Engines. Monday we got a call and I was the Driver for Engine #1 (first due). It was an experience that I will never forget and I owe it all to people like you. Thanks for the support .
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