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Chemical Engineer On-site Investigation Expert Witness


Expert Witness No.682


Qualifications:

Results-oriented, professional with successful leadership experience in positions including Fire Chief, Arson Investigator, and Fire Marshal.
Exceptional planning and communication skills—verbal, writing, negotiating, and presenting complex material.
Expertise in collecting, evaluating, analyzing, and disseminating technical and complex information.
Proficient in interpreting policy guidelines and implementing them into program and policy guidance and operating instructions.
Effective management, leadership, teambuilding, and maximizing individual and group productivity in highly–stressful situations as well as daily activities.
Experienced in conducting complex investigations, gathering and presenting facts and information, and making recommendations based on solid analysis.
Skilled in coordinating and delegating work to properly–trained personnel.
Adept in writing reports, instructions, and correspondence to be disseminated.
Able to quickly identify and resolve problems.
Competent program management skills including multiple projects simultaneously.
Outstanding skill in working under pressure, remaining calm and professional while utilizing innovative techniques and solid expertise.
Analytical, creative, detail-oriented, strong work ethics, resourceful, dependable, professional attitude, focused, and motivated.
Strategic thinker, adept in decision-making, problem-solving, judgment, initiative, and making recommendations to senior staff.
Work well independently with little or no supervision and as a key team member and leader.
Good working knowledge of Windows, Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Internet Explorer, and other customized computer software programs.
Willing to relocate.


Core Competencies:

Long- and Short-range Planning
Strategy Development
Emergency Response/Contingency Budgeting/Planning
Disaster Recovery
Data Collection/Analysis/Dissemination
Fire Prevention/Fire Investigations
Fire Service Management
Background Investigations
Security Investigations
Communicating
Leadership/Management
Program Management
Presenting Facts/Technical Information
Policy Review/Analysis
Improving Work Processes
Strategic Thinking
Problem-Solving


Employment:

CITY OF CARLSBAD FIRE DEPARTMENT, December 2006–2011.

FIRE MARSHAL (BATTALION CHIEF).
Served as the Fire Marshal (Battalion Chief) managing the Fire Prevention Division of the Fire Department.
Supervised, managed and motivated safety and non-safety members of the department.
Served as Planning Chief for the City in all activations of the Department Operations Center and Citywide Emergency Operations Center.
Conducted and managed department programs for fire prevention inspections, construction plan reviews and inspections, fire investigation, public fire safety education and public information.
Participated as a principal in performing long and short range planning and strategic development for the department.
Conducted internal affairs investigations in cases of alleged employee misconduct.
Designated as a Peace Officer pursuant to Sections 830.37(a) and 830.37(b) of the California Penal Code, assigned to fire ground support roles as a Chief Officer on large incidents within the City.
Coordinated fire department involvement in the downtown enforcement program conducted in coordination with the police department designed to preserve the resort environment of the Village of Carlsbad.

Key Achievements:
Maintained effective Fire Prevention programs during heavy development with no increases in staffing and a reduction in funding.
Served on the Pandemic Response Development Team for City planning for the H1N1 virus.
Assigned as Planning Section Chief for the City response to the 2007 wildfires.
Provided Fire Department public information releases and briefings for large incidents including aircraft crashes and multiple alarm fires.
Received two management goal achievement bonuses from the City.
Elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Code Services Association, a section of the Western Fire Chiefs Association.
Served as a Member of the Western Fire Chiefs Association Board of Directors.
Selected three times as a participant in the Western Fire Chiefs annual President’s Forum.
Appointed to the National Fire Protection Association NFPA1/UFC Technical Committee.
Selected to provide fire code interpretations to the Office of the California State Fire Marshal.

MODESTO JUNIOR COLLEGE—YOSEMITE COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT, September 2002–December 2006.

INSTRUCTOR—FIRE SCIENCE FACULTY.
Develop and present core class in Fire Prevention technology required for both the Associate of Science Degree in Fire Science as well as the Fire Science Certificate Program.
Teach Hazardous Materials Emergency Response in the college’s BasicFirefighterAcademy.  

STANISLAUS CONSOLIDATED FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT, April 2002–July 2006.

DEPUTY CHIEF/FIRE MARSHAL/ARSON INVESTIGATOR.
Served as the Deputy Fire Chief and Fire Marshal managing the Life Safety and Regulatory Services Branch of the Fire District.
Supervised, manage, and motivate six personnel and up to 50 personnel as needed during incidents.
Assisted the Chief in managing, developing, and administering a $7.4 million dollar budget. 
Conducted fire prevention inspections, construction plan reviews and inspections, investigate fires, educate the public on fire prevention, and provide information.
Performed long–range planning and the strategic development functions of the district.
Coordinated fire prevention, plan review, and fire investigation services for all of the volunteer fire districts in the county with Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District.
Conducted background investigations on prospective candidates for employment.
Executed internal affairs investigations in cases of alleged employee misconduct.
Designated as a Peace Officer pursuant to Sections 830.37(a) and 830.37(b) of the California Penal Code, assigned to fire ground support roles as a Chief Officer on large incidents within the district.
Served as the acting Fire Chief during all absences of the Chief of the Department. 

Key Achievements:
Served as Acting Fire Chief during a transition in agency command.
Supervised over 400 fire investigations per year.
Assisted in the development, public presentation, and public election of a funding assessment designed to provide a stable platform for fire service delivery within district.
Served as Assistance to Firefighters Grant Evaluator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Maintained Fire Prevention and Fire Investigation program delivery with no increases in staffing and a reduction in funding.
Served on the Exercise Design Team and acted as a Moderator/Controller for a Chemical Weapons Full-Scale Exercise using Federal, state, and local resources. 
Commendation from the California Department of Justice as a result of a department audit of agency access to the California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System.
Elected to the Board of Directors of the Western Fire Chiefs Uniform Fire Code Association.
Appointed to the National Fire Protection Association NFPA1/UFC Technical Committee.
Selected to provide fire code interpretations to the Office of the California State Fire Marshal.

CITY OF MODESTO FIRE DEPARTMENT, December 2000–April 2002.

FIRE MARSHAL.
Directed the daily activities of 10 personnel in the Fire Prevention Bureau of the Fire Department.
Responsible for fire prevention inspection, construction plan review and inspection, public education, and the public information functions.
Planned, forecasted, and managed a budget over $1 million dollars per year.
Hands–on application of fire prevention, urban planning, and development management activities in the City.
After September 11, 2001, additional responsibilities involved domestic preparedness activities including work on development of county-wide response protocols, training programs for emergency responders, identification of potential target sites, emergency response planning for City and County facilities, and grant funding under the U.S. Department of Justice.
Assisted in the development and presentation of the First Responder Awareness for Domestic Preparedness course developed jointly by Stanislaus County and the City of Modesto that is now being used throughout the State of California for training emergency responders.

STANISLAUS CONSOLIDATED FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT, May 1999–December 2000.

BATTALION CHIEF/DEPUTY FIRE MARSHAL.
Managed the Life Safety and Regulatory Services Branch of the Fire District.
Supervised and managed six personnel.
Responsible for hands-on application fire prevention inspection, construction plan review and inspection, fire investigation, public education, and the public information functions of the district and volunteer fire districts in the county.

HESPERIA FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT, April 1998–May 1999.

DEPUTY FIRE MARSHAL/ADMINISTRATIVE CAPTAIN.
Supervised the daily operations of nine personnel in the Fire Prevention Division.
Responsible for fire prevention, fire investigation, environmental crime investigation, public education, plan review, and new development activitieswithin the district.
Ensured quality control and reviewed all plan checks submitted to the district for evaluation.
Assigned to assume fire ground support duties during all second alarm or greater incidents.
As a Fire Investigator and Fire Prevention Officer, designated as a Peace Officer pursuant to Section 830.37(a) and 830.37(b) of the California Penal Code.
Responsible for the enforcement of the six primary environmental programs that were delegated to local government by the State of California.
Served as the department’s Certified Unified Program Agency Manager.

CITY OF ANAHEIM FIRE DEPARTMENT, August 1994–April 1998.
 
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS SPECIALIST II.
Performed Fire Prevention and Hazardous Materials Inspections of high hazard facilities and facilities with Underground Storage Tanks.
Reviewed plan activities on high hazard occupancies and underground storage tank systems.
Conducted Criminal Investigations into violations of the environmental laws of the State of California and participated as a member of the Orange County District Attorney's Office Environmental Crimes Strike Force.
Technical Training Advisor to the Anaheim Fire Department Hazmat Team and the department's public education program by giving fire, life safety, and Hazmat presentations to community groups, local businesses, and the employees of other city departments.
Served as the Acting Deputy Fire Marshal (Captain) during absence of the Deputy Fire Marshal assigned to supervise the Environmental Protection Section of the Fire Prevention Division.
Handled all Risk Management and Prevention Programs (RMPP) for facilities using Acutely Hazardous Materials within the City of Anaheim.
Participated in each facility Hazard and Operability (HAZOP) Study as well as performed the review of the completed RMPP documents.
Served as a member of the department's project team evaluating Anaheim's implementation of Senate Bill (SB) 1082 for the unified enforcement of environmental regulations.

Key Achievements:
Wrote the Anaheim Fire Department’s Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) application to the State of California.
Created and implemented new policies, procedures, forms, billing, reporting, and data elements that were used by the Anaheim Fire Department upon
certification as a CUPA.
One of three representatives for the California Fire Chiefs Association on the State regulation writing committee for the implementation of Senate Bill 1889 dealing with Risk Management Programs for high hazard chemical facilities.
Incident Commander for the California Fire Chiefs legislative action on SB 657. The bill was an attempt at modifying the hazardous materials reporting forms and requirements for businesses in California.
Met with members of the legislature and their staffs as well as testified before State Senate and Assembly Committees to ensure that First Responders would have the information they need to safely handle hazardous materials emergencies.
Served as the Fire Service Representative to the Region 1 Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) by representing the hazardous materials emergency response and training needs for all of the fire agencies in Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties.
Served as a Committee Member of the California Fire Chiefs Fire Prevention Officers Hazardous Materials Committee and the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) Administrating Agency subcommittee.

CITY OF POMONA FIRE DEPARTMENT, February 1990–August 1994.

HAZARDOUS MATERIALS SPECIALIST/OES COORDINATOR.
Responsible for the hazardous materials disclosure, regulation, inspection, enforcement, investigation, and planning functions.
Served as a member of the Department's Level A Hazmat Team.
Coordinated the preparation of annual budgets of $12.3 million for the Fire Prevention, Hazardous Materials, Fire Investigation, Communications Support,Administration, and Emergency Preparedness Units of the Fire Department.
City department resource for hazardous materials safety, regulation, and permitting.

Key Achievements:
During the Pomona Fire Department's preparation for civil unrest during the second "King trial," was assigned as the Planning Chief for the department to coordinate all of the pre-incident planning needs including establishing a fully operational remote field operations center and staging base large enough to handle in excess of 50 engine companies, ambulances, two helicopters with direct video downlink, and necessary law enforcement.
Member of the Chief’s administrative project team during the negotiations with the Los Angeles County Fire Department to take over fire protection in Pomona involving County contract evaluation, fiscal impact, and level of service evaluation for the fire department and the City.
Assigned as the Office of Emergency Services Coordinator for the City of Pomona coordinating the disaster preparedness activities of the community.
Following the Northridge earthquake,I was requested by, and temporarily assigned to, the Governor's Office of Emergency Services as a mutual aid resource.
Performed Fire Prevention and Hazardous Materials Inspections of high hazard facilities and facilities with Underground Storage Tanks.

Further work experience includes responsibilities as a Code Enforcement Inspector and Chemical Consultant. Details provided upon request.


INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATIONS:

WMD: Incident Management/Unified Command. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs. April 2003.
Nuclear Biological Chemical/Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism. California Specialized Training Institute. January 2002.
Nuclear Biological Chemical/Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism Incident Command. California Specialized Training Institute. January 2002.
First Responder Operational Decontamination. California Specialized Training Institute. December 1992.
Hazardous Materials Technician/Specialist 1A-1G.California Specialized Training Institute. 1992.
Hazardous Materials Incident Commander. California Specialized Training Institute. June 1991.
Hazardous Materials First Responder. California Specialized Training Institute. June 1991.


EDUCATION:

Western Sierra Law School, California.48units.MAJOR: LAW – JURIS DOCTOR CANDIDATE. September 2007–Present.

California Baptist University, California. 21 units.MAJOR: POLITICAL SCIENCE WITH A PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION EMPHASIS.September 1998–May 1999.

California StatePolytechnicUniversity, California. MAJOR: CHEMISTRY. September 1985–December 1986. 44 units.

Mt. San Antonio College, California.ASSOCIATE OF ARTS DEGREE IN CHEMISTRY.  February 1988. 70 units.

U.S.ArmyArmorSchool. Armor Officer Basic Course.1986.

Army Institute for Professional Development. Army Precommission Course. 1985.

GaneshaHigh School, California. DIPLOMA.June 1973.


MILITARY SERVICE:

California State Military Reserve (SMR). First Lieutenant. January 1984–December 1988.


PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS/AFFILIATIONS:
   
Chairperson, Western Fire Chiefs National Code Services Association. May 2006–Present.
Appointed alternate for the Western Fire Chiefs Association to the National Fire Protection Association NFPA1/UFC Technical Committee.
January 2005–Present.
Chairperson of the Uniform Fire Code Association Development Committee and the Code Interpretation Committee. May 2000–May 2006.
Stanislaus County Peace Officers Association. January 2003.
Carlsbad Hi Noon Rotary Club.  April 2007--Present
Riverbank Rotary Club (Past President). September 1999.
Stanislaus CountyFire Chiefs Association (Past President). May 1999.
California Fire Chiefs Association. May 1999.
International Fire Chiefs Association. May 1999.
Western Fire Chiefs Association. May 1999.
International Fire Marshals Association. May 1999.
National Fire Protection Association. February 1990.
California Conference of Arson Investigators. June 1987.


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