Gregory Socks career spans over 45 years of emergency response, planning, and training in the fire and hazardous materials disciplines. His career started as a firefighter in 1977 with the Montgomery County, MD Fire and Rescue Services in the National Capital Region of Suburban Maryland. At the ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain Greg’s assignments included Hazardous Materials Training Coordinator, Station Commander, Hazardous Materials Officer, Shift Commander, and Assistant Team Leader for Hazardous Materials Operational Responsibilities. In 1986, Greg was appointed as the first Team Coordinator of the Washington County, MD Hazardous Materials Response Team. He served as Team Coordinator for over 10 years while building a nationally recognized organization. Greg’s certifications include Firefighter III, Fire Instructor III, Hazardous Materials Instructor, Fire Officer Development, and Hazardous Materials Team Specialist. Greg also obtained NPQ certification as an Instructor III, Hazardous Materials Awareness, Operations, Technician, and Marine Firefighter I and II. He holds an associate degree in Fire Science Technology. Greg was a lead hazardous materials instructor at Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute and Montgomery County, MD Fire and Rescue Public Safety Training Academy. Greg has presented Hazardous Materials programs to municipal, industrial and military clients and conferences throughout the country. In 2012, Greg received the prestige International Association of Fire Chiefs Hazardous Materials Response Teams Conference (“Level A” Instructor Award) and 2016 Hot Zone Conference (“In the Zone” Instructor Award). Greg has also assisted with the development of Hazardous Materials training programs which has been used outside the State of Maryland. Greg has served on numerous State of Maryland committees and focus groups for new technology. Greg has received numerous certificates, unit citations, and recognition letters from MCFRS, ATF, FBI, US Army, and Department of Defense. Greg is one of five Principle Consultants with PENTA Consortium, LLC which is a newly formed global preparedness and crisis management firm that addresses client needs for NIMS ICS, Hazardous Materials, Maritime, Emergency Management Planning, Training and Exercises.