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Hazardous Materials Expert Witness

Keywords

Hazard Management, Terriorism, Hazardous Materials, Emergency Response, Command, Control, Incident, Accident Investigation, Forensic Chemistry, Biology, Fires, Explosions, Explosive Nehavior, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Fire Cause, Fire Origin, Chemical Weapons, Bbiological Weapons, Terrorism Response, Documentation, Technologic Hazards, Emergency Planning, Terrorism Planning, Explosives, Hazmat,

Pennsylvania

Expert Witness No.2616

Pennsylvania

Summary

Expert 2616 qualified in Hazardous Material Chemistry, Explosive and improvised explosive behavior and devices.

Additional experience in fire cause and origin, evidence identification, documentation and collection.  Has appeared as Expert Witness in cases involving above types of inquiries.

Education

Graduate of Kutztown University, B.S., Secondary Education, 1976 Biology and General Science.

Qualifications

1981 to Present Allentown, Pennsylvania. 

President and Owner of a company specializing in terrorism and emergency response planning, training, management, command and control, incident/accident investigation and program assessment. Company provides a wide range of consulting and educational services involving fire/hazardous materials, weapons of mass destruction, disaster preparedness and exercise (Tabletop, Functional and Full Scale) development and delivery for local, state and Federal agencies in hazardous materials and weapons of mass destruction.  Services include evaluation and development of training needed by both the public and private sectors, response system and safety audit/recommendation, accident/incident investigation, and forensic chemistry and biology.  Areas of particular specialization include fire, chemical, biological, terrorism response and other technologic hazards.

Part-time Senior Homeland Security Analyst, instructor, facilitator, exercise designer and lead controller for Potomac River Group.

Validator for Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Exercise Evaluation Guides initiative and Tactical Interoperable Communications Exercise Program.

Facilitator for DHS Target Capability List Phase II development development.

Part-time WMD Program Analyst for Los Alamos Technical Associates.

Exercise design contractor for Region 1 FEMA and EPA state level exercise program.

Contract instructor for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s international counterproliferation program.

Contract instructor and course evaluator for the United State Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service in their international Antiterrorism Assistance Program through United State Investigative Service.

International training experience includes Turkey, Kuwait, Azerbaijan, Latvia Uzbekistan, Argentina and Tajikistan.

Contract instructor and course developer for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Hazmat Program through Hazardous Materials Response Unit (HMRU).

Development contractor for the 80 hour Hazmat Technician Course.

Contract Course Manager of the 80 hour Hazmat Technician Course.

Contract Instructor of the 40 hour Operations Course.

Member of the Adjunct Faculty for the Department of Homeland Security’s National Fire Academy (NFA) and of the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) located at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Emergency Training Center  (NETC). 

Chief, (1989 to 2001) Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, Hazardous Materials Response Team: 70 members, six vehicles, county-wide team servicing two Counties with combined population of approximately 600,000.

Member of the National Domestic Preparedness Office (NDPO) State and Local Advisory Group (SLAG), 2000 to 2002.

Former member of the Adjunct Faculty of Louisiana State University, Fire Training Program and Northampton Community College, Center for Business and Industry.

Chair, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, Hazardous Materials Advisory Commission 1989 to 1994.

Member of the FEMA/NFA terrorism training and needs assessment focus group.

Member of the Bureau of Justice Administration’s terrorism training and development focus group.

Member of the Authors Group for the National Response Team’s HMTUSA, National Hazardous Materials Curriculum Development Team.

Panelist for the joint U.S. EPA and FEMA Conference held at the NETC.

Course Evaluator and Instructor for the NFA Incident Command course, Fire Command Operations.

Primary developer of the prototype and member of final development team for the NFA course Hazardous Materials First Responder.

Instructor for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S.EPA) pilot HazMat. Contingency Planning and Hazardous Materials Emergency Response (165.15).

Prior Employment History

1980 - Quakertown Community School District - Science Teacher, instructing practical science.

1978 - 1979 Parkland School District - Science Teacher, instructing introductory chemistry and biology. - Junior Varsity Football Coach.

1976 - 1978 Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.- Laboratory Technician in Applied Research and Development, Technical Services.

Public Safety Experience

1989 to 2001 Chief (Retired) of Lehigh County Hazardous Materials Team, PA.
                    
1973 to 1987 Fire Chief of Lower Macungie Township. Held ranks of Fire Fighter, training officer and Captain

Founding Chairperson of Lower Macungie Township Public Safety Commission.

Coordinator of training, Lehigh Emergency Services Training Academy (1985).

Member of the Board of Directors of the Lehigh County Fire Chiefs Association (1985 - 1986).

Appointed to an Advisory Committee to the National Response Team to examine local preparedness and response training needs (1987).

Member of the National Fire Academy’s Hazardous Materials Curriculum Review and Development Team.

Publications and Productions

Available upon Request

Hazardous Materials Courses

Available upon Request

Fire Technology Program

Available upon Request

Honors and Awards

Level A Hazmat Award – International Association of Fire Chiefs

Memberships

Pennsylvania Association of Hazardous Materials Technicians 1994-2003

Former member International Association of Fire Chiefs.

Former Member American Society of Safety Engineers.

Former Member National Fire Protection Association.

Former Member International Association of Arson Investigators.

Former Member Pennsylvania Association of Arson Investigators

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