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Aquatics Safety Water Rescue Consultant Expert Witness

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Aquatics Safety Water Rescue, Aquatics Safety, Water Rescue, EMS, EMT, Health Safety, Technical Rescue, Injury, Drowning, Safety Rescue, water safety, pools, spas, beach,

New Hampshire

Expert Witness No. 155

New Hampshire

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

October 1984 to Present Aquatics Safety and Water Rescue Consultant Harrisville, NH
Aquatics Safety and Water Rescue Consultant

Provide technical consultation regarding matters of Aquatics Safety, Water Rescue, EMS, Health and Safety, and Technical Rescue, Develop and market educational programs, materials, and services in Aquatics Safety, Water Rescue and EMS, Conduct Aquatics Safety, Water Rescue, and EMS programs as required, Provide consultation to attorneys engaged in drowning and aquatic injury litigation, Review depositions, prepare summary opinion reports, and provide testimony in depositions and trials in matters pertaining to drowning and aquatic injury litigation, Develop, test, and evaluate rescue and safety equipment developed for Water Rescue and EMS operations and training, Manage sales division of Water Rescue, Health and Safety, Technical Rescue, and EMS equipment

June 1991 to July 1993 Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department Fairfax, VA  

Firefighter and EMT

Respond to fire and EMS alarms as well as other emergency calls to protect life and property, Perform skilled work in combating, extinguishing and preventing fires, Perform skilled work in EMS, rescue, and extrication operations, Respond to medical emergencies and provide immediate life saving/sustaining procedures to sick or ill patients, and assists in their transport to medical facilities, Serves as driver of Basic Life Support BLS and Advanced Life Support ALS ambulances for safe and effective response to emergency incidents and in the safe transport of patients and crew, Serves as officer in command of BLS ambulance, Responsible for preparation and maintenance of BLS and ALS ambulances, as well as other emergency vehicles.

October 1972 to August 1986 American Red Cross    
Health and Safety Services Director

Develop, implement, administer, evaluate educational programs and services in areas of First Aid, CPR, Boating and Water Safety to include Lifeguard Training, Industrial and Community Safety Education, First Aid Stations, Recruit, train, supervise professional and volunteer instructors, instructor trainers; program and clerical staff, Responsible for budget development and management, public relations and fund raising

11/85 - 08/86 National Headquarters Washington, DC 
09/80 - 08/85 Greater Houston Area Chapter Houston, TX
07/73 - 09/80 Westchester County Chapter White Plains, NY
10/72 - 07/73 Eastern Area Headquarters Alexandria, VA      

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

2000 Rescue Systems I New Hampshire Fire Academy Concord, NH                      

2007 EMT Refresher course and National Registry Examination as an NREMT

2005 EMT Refresher course and National Registry Examination as an NREMT        

2000 EMT Refresher course and National Registry Examination as an NREMT        

1998 EMT Refresher course and National Registry Examination as an NREMT        

1995 – 1996 Virginia State Rescue College Blacksburg, VA
State certified in Swiftwater I & II and Vertical Rescue through Virginia Assoc. of Volunteer Rescue Squads

1991 – 1993 Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department Fairfax, VA                     

State and national certification in

NFPA Firefighter I, II, and III
Hazardous Materials I and First Responder and Operations
Emergency Vehicle Operations
Emergency Medical Technician - Ambulance
Emergency Medical Technician - Defibrillation
Safe Boating Operator
Hydraulics and Pump Operations

1972 – 1995 American Red Cross Washington, DC

National Basic, Instructor and Instructor Trainer certifications in

First Aid all levels
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation CPR
Aquatics and Lifeguarding all levels
Boating Safety all levels

National and State Basic and Instructor certifications in
Emergency Medical Technician EMT
American Heart Association CPR

1981 Completed graduate level courses in Public Administration University of Houston, TX                                                                                                        

1972 Completed a certificated program with a clinical affiliation in Corrective Therapy West Haven V.A. Hospital West Haven, CT                                                           

1967 – 1972 Completed graduate level courses in Guidance B.S. degree in Health and Physical Education minor in Driver’s Education University of Bridgeport, CT       

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Guest Speaker at state, regional and national conferences on subjects of Aquatics Safety, Water Rescue, EMS, or Ice Rescue:

Club Managers Association of America Webinar
Club Managers Association of America, New Orleans National Convention
National Drowning Prevention Alliance Conference
Connecticut Club Managers’ Association
North Country (NH) EMS Symposium
NFPA 2003 Education Conference
New Hampshire EMS Conference
Tri-States American Camping Association Conference
Mid-States American Camping Association Conference
Connecticut Recreation and Park Association
New Jersey Recreation and Park Association
New York Recreation and Park Association
Virginia Recreation and Park Association
South Carolina Recreation and Park Association
Florida Recreation and Park Association
Wisconsin Recreation and Park Association
South Dakota Recreation and Park Association
Michigan Municipal Risk Management Association
Minnesota Recreation and Park Association
Ohio Recreation and Park Association
National Recreation and Park Association
New Hampshire North Country EMS Conference
Northeast Spa and Pool Association
New Hampshire Municipal Risk Management Association
World Waterpark Association
Texas Public Pool Council
First Responder’s Personal Protective Equipment and Operations Conference
Virginia EMS Symposium
Club Managers Association of American Annual Conference
Wisconsin EMS Symposium
Metropolitan Club Managers Association
West Virginia Public Safety Expo

1973 to present Guest Expert for numerous newspaper, magazine, and radio station interviews on subjects of Aquatics Safety, Water Rescue and Ice Rescue

1999 Recipient of an Academic Excellence Award for website

Recipient of City of Houston TX Resolution Proclaiming Expert 155’s Day

CERTIFICATIONS AND AUTHORIZATIONS

American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Certification current

American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor expired
American Red Cross First Aid Instructor expired
American Red Cross CPR Instructor expired
American Red Cross Boating Safety Instructor expired
American Red Cross Adapted Aquatics Instructor expired
American Heart Association CPR Instructor expired
American Safety and Health Institute CPR Instructor current
American Safety and Health Institute First Aid Instructor current
New York State EMT Instructor expired
Texas EMT Instructor expired
Virginia Adjunct EMT Instructor expired
YMCA Lifeguard Instructor current
YMCA Lifeguard Certification current
American Red Cross CPR Certification current
New Hampshire EMT License current
National Registry of EMT Certification current
Virginia EMT Certification expired
Texas EMT Certification expired
New York EMT Certification expired
Connecticut EMT Certification expired
NFPA HazMat Awareness Certification current
NFPA HazMat Operations Certification current
NFPA Firefighter I Certification current
NFPA Firefighter II Certification current
NFPA Firefighter III Certification current
NFPA Rescue Systems I Certification current
Virginia Emergency Vehicle Operators Certification current

Guest Expert on numerous shows, including CNN’s Health Watch, The Dr. Red Duke Health Show, Good Morning Houston, an NBC affiliate.

1979 Recipient of the American Red Cross Certificate of Merit

1974 – 1980 Served on the Board of Directors for the Westchester County NY Emergency Medical Services Council

LIFEGUARD AND WATER RESCUE EXPERIENCE

Certified in Senior Lifesaving through the American Red Cross at age 15

Employed as a Lifeguard for the Bridgeport Jewish Community Center Bridgeport, CT from ages 16 through 21

Employed as a Lifeguard for the Fairfield YMCA Fairfield, CT from ages 16 through 21

Employed as a Lifeguard for the Hillendale Country Club Trumbull, CT from ages 16 through 18

Employed as the Aquatics Director for the Hillendale Country Club Trumbull, CT from ages 18 through 21

Authorized as a Water Safety Instructor for the American Red Cross at age 18

Authorized as an Adapted Aquatics Instructor for the American Red Cross at age 19

Authorized as a First Aid Instructor for the American Red Cross at age 20

Worked as a substitute Lifeguard at Jones Beach NY at age 20
Certified as an Emergency Medical Technician EMT at age 21, and have continually maintained this certification to present

Employed by the American Red Cross as a Health and Safety Services Professional at age 21, during which time responsibilities included administration of Water Safety, First Aid, and Boating Safety programs and the training and supervision of Instructors and Instructor Trainers

1975 through 1980 Authorized as an Emergency Medical Services Instructor at age 23 and conducted EMT training programs on behalf of the Westchester County NY EMS Council

Responsible for the screening, training, and supervision of Westchester County NY Lifeguards and the conduct of annual Lifeguard Training School while employed with the Westchester County NY Chapter of the American Red Cross

Worked part-time as an Emergency Medical Technician for the Abbey-Richmond Ambulance Service providing Police-Paramedic Ambulance Service in White Plains, New Rochelle, and Mount Vernon NY

Trained as American Red Cross Lifeguard in 1984, and was responsible for the implementation of the new Lifeguard Training Program for the Greater Houston Area Chapter of the American Red Cross

1980-1983Conducted EMT Training programs for the San Jacinto Community College Baytown, TX

1982-1984 Organized and lead a Water Rescue Team on the Guadalupe River TX from providing Water Rescue Services on holiday weekends over a 3-year period

Developed a web site in 1986, which is dedicated to drowning and aquatic injury prevention and emergency management and is considered a resource for Lifeguard, Aquatic Safety and Recreation, and Public Safety and Rescue Professionals from throughout the world

1986–1991 Employed by George Washington University Washington, D.C. to conduct EMT training programs for the Fairfax County VA Fire and Rescue Department

1991 through 1994 Employed as a career Firefighter and EMT for the Fairfax County VA Fire and Rescue Department

Currently working as a Firefighter and EMT for the a NH Fire and Rescue Department since 1997

Currently certified as an American Red Cross Lifeguard

Currently certified as a YMCA Lifeguard

Currently authorized as a YMCA Lifeguard Instructor

Currently authorized as a First Aid and CPR Instructor for the American Safety and Health Institute

Developed Water Rescue Technician WRT Curriculum in 1986 and regularly conduct this training for Lifeguard, Public Safety and Rescue agencies and their personnel throughout the U.S

Developed Professional Aquatics Safety Seminar PASS Curriculum in 1987 and regularly conduct this training for Lifeguard, Aquatics Safety and Recreation Professionals and Agencies throughout the U.S

Developed Ice Rescue Technician IRT Curriculum in 1997 and regularly conduct this training for Public Safety and Rescue Agencies and Personnel from throughout the U.S.

CPR TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

Initially trained and certified in First Aid at age 15 and was authorized as a First Aid Instructor for the American Red Cross in 1967

1967-1972 Worked as a volunteer Firefighter at age 18 for the Long Hill Volunteer Fire Department in Trumbull, CT

Responded to my first cardiac arrest 1968 on the golf course of the Hillandale Country Club in Trumbull, CT, while working as the Aquatics Director at that facility

1972 Participated in my first CPR training while participating in an Emergency Medical Technician EMT course in Bridgeport, CT

Authorized in American Heart Association CPR in 1973, and authorized as an Instructor and Instructor Trainer for the American Red Cross in 1973

Implemented a county-wide CPR training program in Westchester County, NY in 1973 which resulted in an annual training of approximately 20,000 persons per year by 1980

Worked as adjunct Faculty for the American Heart Association and the Westchester Community College from 1974 to 1980 to train CPR Instructors for the American Heart Association

1974–1980 Worked as an adjunct professor for the Westchester County Community College NY and the Westchester County Emergency Medical Services Council to conduct EMT training programs

1978–1980 Worked part-time as an EMT for the Abbey-Richmond Ambulance Service, which provided Police Paramedic Services for the NY cities of White Plains, New Rochelle, and Mount Vernon

Implemented a 12-county-wide CPR training program in the Greater Houston TX area in 1980, which resulted in an annual training of approximately 35,000 persons per year by 1985

1980–1982 Conducted EMT training programs on behalf of the San Jacinto TX Community College

1985–1986 Consulted for the National Headquarters of the American Red Cross in the development of a First Aid and CPR training videotape

1986-1991 Conducted EMT and CPR training programs on behalf of the George Washington University Washington, D.C. for the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

1989 Published CPR for Infants and Children, through the Child Welfare League of America

1991–1995 Worked as a Firefighter/EMT for the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department during which time I responded to over 100 cardiac arrests

Annually re-certified in CPR every year since 1973 to present.

Annually re-authorized in CPR as a CPR Instructor every year since 1973 to present.

Currently authorized as a CPR Instructor for the American Safety and Health Institute since 1997.

Recertified continuously since 1973 as an Emergency Medical Technician EMT, and have been certified as an EMT in Connecticut, New York, Texas, Virginia, and New Hampshire, as well as through the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.

Currently work as a Firefighter and EMT for the Harrisville Fire Department NH

Responsible for implementing a Public Access Defibrillation program in Harrisville 2000

Annually conduct CPR training for the community in Harrisville NH since 1997

Regularly conduct CPR training as part of our on-going Lifeguard In-service Training Programs, Professional Aquatics Safety Seminars, and other programs conducted throughout the U.S.

Continue to respond to out-of-hospital cardiac emergencies within Harrisville, NH as a Firefighter and EMT

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