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Our Group

  • PENTA Consortium, LLC is a global preparedness and crisis management firm that addresses client needs in a timely, effective, and efficient manner. We assist our clients achieve their objectives by helping them minimize risk and address emerging needs. PENTA Consortium’s, LLC commitment to our clients is based on: 
  • Personal and professional integrity beyond reproach in all our actions; 
  • Focused customer service that delivers the best service possible to all clients; 
  • Active and engaged relationships with clients, partner service providers, and other public and private sector stakeholders; 
  • A bias for action that produces desired results effectively and efficiently. 


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Services That We Provide

  

  

  

  • Emergency Response Exercises (HSEEP and NPREP-compliant)  
  • Emergency Preparedness and Planning 
  • Incident Management Systems
  • Incident Management Response Team
  • Operational Readiness Reviews
  • Operations Security
  • Environmental Impact Studies and Assessments 
  • National Incident Management (Initial Courses)
  • National Incident Management (Position-Specific Courses)
  • Hazardous Materials Response Training (OSHA & NFPA)
  • Marine Firefighting Courses
  • Grant Writing

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Specialized Training for Your Needs

  • Cargo Tank Truck Emergencies
  • LNG Overview and Response
  • Response to Railroad Incidents
  • Air Monitoring and Detection Devices
  • RAD Response and Detection
  • Response to Illicit Drug Labs and Fentanyl Incidents
  • Response to a Chemical Suicide
  • Handling Non-Bulk and Intermediate Bulk Containers
  • Planning and Application for a Mass Decontamination Incident
  • CPR/AED/First Aid
  • Decontamination for the Hospital First Receiver (OSHA)
  • Crisis Management Seminars
  • Crisis Communications Training
  • Active Shooter Classes
  • Cameo, Marplot, and Aloha Courses
  • Air and Oil Dispersion Modeling and Interpretation
  • Incident Investigation Courses
  • Marine Transportation Security Act
  • Oil Spill Response Training

Our Featured Programs

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Incident Command and Management Programs

  • Introduction to the National Incident Management System, overview and basic Incident Command System Concepts including common terminology, span of control, management by objectives, resource management, position-specific assignments, team management and NIMS ICS forms. Comprehensive overview of the Planning Process, including specifics on managing all meetings within the process. Overview of various means to expand incident up to and including Area Command. Overview of the National Incident Management System and the National Response Framework for executives and Agency Administrators. Using state of the art simulation software scenario based exercises can be conducted at your location of choice with experienced evaluators and facilitators.

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Marine Firefighting Programs

  • Introduces participants to unique challenges associated with the maritime arena versus land-based incidents. Addresses the unique challenges when faced with a marina or small vessel fire. Provides responders with a comprehensive overview and skills necessary to determine how well their current Maritime Incident Management Plan has prepared the organization for a maritime event. Courses are designed for chief officers, senior company officers, emergency responders and emergency managers who may be involved in large-scale marine fire incidents. Students are introduced to the needs analysis set forth by the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP), National Response Framework (NRF), NFPA 1005 and NFPA 1405, and National Response Guidelines. Program includes instructor-led presentations, computer-driven simulated scenarios, as well as full-scale ship exercises (if available). 

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Hazardous Materials Training Programs

  • Using certified Hazardous Materials Instructors our Awareness, Operations, Technician, Command, Site Worker, Oil Spill Response, and Specialty Container Programs will prepare and provide First Responders, First Receivers, Site Workers, Commanders, and Supervisors the required training for responding and/or working at a hazardous materials emergency or hazardous waste site. All programs meet or exceed 29CFR1910.120 and NFPA-472.  

our Principal Consultants

CDR Joe Leonard, Jr. (USCG, ret.)

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Capt. Gregory Socks (MCFRS, ret.)

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BC Robert Bradley (MFD, ret.)

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principal consultant staff

FF Frank Docimo (SFD, ret.)

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Capt. Jason Waterfield (Chief, ret.)

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Linda Socks (Business Administrator)

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CDR Joe Leonard, Jr. (USCG, ret.)

  • Commander Joe Leonard is a nationally recognized emergency responder, incident manager, and trainer with thirty-eight years of United States Coast Guard, United States Army, volunteer municipal fire service, and private-sector experience responding to natural disasters, oil spills, hazardous materials releases, marine fires, mass rescue operations, mass care and shelter events, national special security events, and maritime homeland security events. He Chairs the Greater Harris County Local Emergency Planning Committee and is an active member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary where is serves as the District Staff Officer-Incident Management, Division Staff Officer-Incident Management, and Flotilla Vice Commander. He serves on the Planning Committees for the Hot Zone Conference and the Clean Gulf Conference; as a Domestic Preparedness Advisor and member of the Journal Editorial Board; and is the Past Chairman of the Public-Private Partnership Committee of the International Association of Emergency Managers. He is an active member of several professional organizations, including the International Association of Emergency Managers, the National Emergency Management Association, ASIS, the National Association of SARA Title III Program Officials, the Emergency Management Association of Texas, the Oklahoma Emergency Management Association, the Virginia Emergency Management Association, the Virginia Association of Hazardous Materials Specialists, and the Historical Miniatures Gaming Society. He is a life member of the United States Naval Institute, the Navy League of the United States, the All-Hazards Incident Management Teams’ Association, and the National Rifle Association.  Commander Leonard’s military awards include four Meritorious Service Medals, eight Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the Army Commendation Medal, the Department of Transportation 9-11 Medal, seven Coast Guard Achievement Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, six Coast Guard Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbons, and numerous unit awards. He is authorized to wear the Coast Guard Marine Safety Professional Pin, Coast Guard Aviator Wings, the Army Parachutist Badge, and the Army Air Assault Badge. He was awarded the Marshall Kraemer Distinguished Service Medal and Humanitarian Service Medal by the Harris County Fire Marshal in 2012.  He was recognized with the prestigious U.S. Navy League’s Captain David H. Jarvis Award for Inspirational Leadership and was named a Fox News “Power Player of the Week” on 11 September 2005 for his services as the FEMA-designated Area Commander-Houston Area Mega-Shelter Operations following landfall of Hurricane Katrina. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in History from the Virginia Military Institute and a Master’s Degree in Engineering Technology from Murray State University. He holds certifications as a Master Exercise Practitioner, Master Continuity Professional, Certified Emergency Manager, Certified Homeland Protection Professional, and Certified Port Executive.  

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Capt. Gregory Socks (MCFRS, ret.)

  

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 (IAFC) Hazardous Materials Response Teams Conference (“Level A” Instructor Award) and 2016 Hot Zone Conference (“In the Zone” Instructor Award). In 2019, Greg was honored by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) as the recipient of the John M. Eversole Lifetime Achievement Award for his leadership and contributions to further and enhance the hazardous materials emergency response profession. 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.

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BC Robert Bradley (MFD, ret.)

  • Mr. Bradley has worked in the fields of Fire Fighting, Administration and Hazardous Materials Emergency Response since 1976. He had worked up through the ranks from Fire Fighter, Lieutenant, Captain, Interim Chief and Deputy Chief, and retired as a Battalion Chief for the Middletown, CT Fire Department in December 2008. He served as the Commander of the MFD Dive Rescue Team, Marine Unit and HazMat Response Teams. He was also served as the Middletown Fire Department's Emergency Operations Center representative. His certifications include: Incident Safety Officer, Confined Space, Technical Rescue, ICS/NIMS, Hazmat Technician, Fire Officer 1 & 2, CAMEO, CoBRA, Fire Service Instructor 1 & 2, Bob served as Safety Officer for Connecticut's participation in the TOPOFF 3 exercises. He had been Chairman of Middletown’s LEPC Emergency Planning and Response subcommittee. He has conducted Hazard Analysis activities and developed Regional Emergency Planning databases. Bob is a former Chief Instructor of Hazardous Materials and CAMEO for the Connecticut Fire Academy. He is a nationally certified Fire Service Instructor and a NOAA/EPA certified instructor for CAMEO TM and ALOHA TM , and has conducted training across the United States and US Territories. Mr. Bradley is a Senior Instructor for the National Center for Biomedical Research and Training with Louisiana State University providing expertise in CAMEO and Emergency Response Training. He also served as an Adjunct Instructor for Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, providing expertise in Critical Infrastructure Protection and Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment. He currently resides in Cromwell, CT. He is the principal consultant of Education & Compliance Solutions providing emergency response and emergency management training and consulting in areas such as HAZMAT and firefighting services to responders in Government and Industry. He also serves as a consultant and IMT team member for the Center for Toxicology & Environmental Health (CTEH) Bob enjoys traveling, scuba diving, and offshore sport fishing and is a U.S.C.G. Licensed Charter Boat Captain. Bob has an AS Degree in Fire Technology and Administration from Hartford State Technical College in 1985, and is finishing his BS Degree in Public Safety Administration at Charter Oak University. 

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FF Frank Docimo (SFD, ret.)

  • Frank Docimo has been affiliated with the fire service for over 45 years. During his career he has held the position of Special Operations Officer for the Turn of River Fire Department and spent a majority of his time assigned to HAZMAT 1 in the City of Stamford, Connecticut. Mr. Docimo has served as the co-chairperson of Stamford's Local Emergency Planning Committee and team leader for one of the city's Response Teams. Frank has been an adviser to several state legislative committees on the hazardous materials problems in Connecticut. As the Chief Instructor in charge of the Hazardous Materials Program for the Connecticut State Fire School (1988—89), Mr. Docimo was instrumental in the development of the Hazardous Materials Technician Program. During the year 1992 Mr. Docimo was honored with two prestigious training awards.  He received the Connecticut Instructor of the Year award and was also recognized for his expertise and skills as a teacher when he was awarded the National Instructor of the Year for 1992. During the year 2001 Mr. Docimo was the recipient of the Hot Zone “In the Zone” Award, for his life - long commitment to first responder’s safety. In the fall of 1998 Mr. Docimo was selected as a subject matter expert to participate in a needs assessment and formulation of curriculum for the nations responders to terrorist activities. The workshop entitled Emergency Response to Terrorism; Tactical Considerations was a joint project of the National Fire Academy, FEMA and the Bureau of Justice. As a result of his involvement, both Mr. Docimo's four stages of decon method and his advanced risk assessment process (known as the Docimo Model Role) has been incorporated into the core curriculum. Presently Mr. Docimo is working on his Master’s Degree in Homeland Security. 

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Capt. Jason Waterfield (Chief, ret.)

  • Jason Waterfield  was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia. He currently has 32 plus years in the fire service, both career and volunteer. Retiring in January 2015 from Islands Fire and Rescue as the Fire Chief for 15 years, Jason currently is completing a second career with Savannah Fire and Emergency Services as a hazardous materials Captain reassigned to the West Battalion as the interim Battalion Chief. Jason has NPQ Awareness, Operations, Technician, Command, and Instructor II. Also, Jason has taken advanced courses from Anniston AL, Dugway UT, Mercury Town NV, and New Mexico Tech specializing in Weapons of Mass Destruction. Being retired from IFRD, he is working to complete a Bachelor degree in Fire Administration. He is also an alumnus from the National and State Fire Academies. Affiliations to include: Association of Fire Chiefs in Chatham County/ International Association of Fire Chiefs/ Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs/ Georgia State Firefighters Association/ Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs/ National Fire Academy Alumni Association and Project Lifesaver International. Major Events: Powell-Duffyn tank farm explosion in April 1995/ Olympic Detail July 1996/ G-8 June-2004 and Ports fire clean-up involving virgin rubber haz-mat Fenruary-2014. In his spare time, Jason works with the Chatham County Sheriff's Office as a corporal in the training division. Jason is over the training dealing with hazardous materials awareness and scene operations for his personnel in the brown/blue.

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Linda socks-business administrator

  • Linda attended college in Connecticut and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication in 1993 graduating magna cum laude, and was the recipient of the University of New Haven Communication class award. A successful realtor with Long and Foster, she obtained the Chairman and President Club award in 2003 for sales over $5.6 million in her first year. In addition to real estate, Linda worked as a professional business woman in various venues in Sales, Advertising, and Marketing and was administrator for many years. Her positions included Account Manager for Microwarehouse Catalog; Advertising and Promotions Manager for NEATO LLC; Director of Catering for the Holiday Inn; Assistant Staff Writer for the Sales Department at Bayer Pharmaceutical; Membership & Marketing Director for the Graduate Club; the Executive MBA Coordinator for the University of New Haven; and Town Manager for the Town of Denton, Maryland. She was Co-owner of Firehouse Coffee in 2007 and currently holds her Georgia Real Estate License.  She is currently the Business Manager for PENTA Consortium, LLC. Her lifelong passion is teaching health and wellness as an ACE certified personal trainer. She teaches Senior Toning Classes and trains woman. Linda established the Pirelli Armstrong Aerobic Program 30 years ago and has been a part-time fitness instructor and trainer for most of her life. Linda taught classes (water aerobics, strength and conditioning, Zumba and more) in the Caribbean.  Linda’s hobbies include: Fundraising, Salsa Dancing, Working Out, Reading, Piano (13 years classically trained), and word games. 

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our master consultants

Mike Hildebrand

  • Mike Hildebrand has forty-four years experience in hazardous materials emergency planning and response. In 1989 he co-founded Hildebrand and Noll Associates, Inc. with Gregory Noll. During their 27-year business partnership, they have served as consultants to industry and government on over 700 projects throughout the world.During his career Mike served as the Chief Technical Officer for Hazardous Materials Training, and Information Services, Columbia, Maryland, as the Director of Safety and Fire Protection for the American Petroleum Institute, as a disaster planner with the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and as a Hazardous Materials Technician with the National Transportation Safety Board in Washington, D.C. Mike served as an active duty firefighter and medic with the U.S. Air Force and was an active volunteer firefighter for twenty years. He was a member of the Prince George’s County, (Maryland) Fire Department’s Hazardous Materials Response Team where he held the position of Shift Officer for five years. Mike is a member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Technical Committee on Hazardous Materials / WMD Response Personnel (NFPA 472). He is a former member of the NFPA Flammable and Combustible Liquids Committee (NFPA-30), and was a member of the NFPA Standards Council. Mike is the recipient of several national level awards. These include the William J. Patterson Lifetime Achievement Award for “Leadership and significant contributions to the hazardous materials emergency response and training community” and the International Association of Fire Chiefs – Chief John M. Eversole Lifetime Achievement Award for “Providing leadership and contributions to further and enhance the hazardous materials emergency response profession.” Mike is a graduate from the University of Maryland at College Park with a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Safety Analysis and Investigation. He is the coauthor of six emergency response training textbooks including the widely adopted Hazardous Materials: Managing the Incident, 4th edition published by Jones and Bartlett Learning. He has qualified as an expert witness on both civil and criminal cases involving hazardous materials incidents.

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Timothy P. Butters

  • Timothy P. Butters is serving as the coordinator for Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and Complex Coordinated Attack (CCA) for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM). This building WMD/CCA in the Northern Virginia/National Capital Region (NOVA/NCR), working with federal, state and local agencies, private sector organizations to assure response readiness and resilience.  He is also providing his expertise to VDEM related to the use and operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) by public safety, emergency management and transportation agencies in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Mr. Butters recently served as a senior executive  with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in Washington D.C., serving as a senior adviser to the Associate Administrator for Airports, from June 2015 to January 2017. During his tenure with FAA, he provided policy and public safety/emergency response expertise to the FAA in several major programs including Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration (UAS), Commercial Space Transportation (AST), including improving the emergency response plan requirements for air shows and other aviation events.  He received several awards and recognitions while with FAA. As a political appointee with USDOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), Mr. Butters served as the deputy administrator from 2010-2014, and acting administrator in 2015.  PHMSA is the lead federal regulatory agency overseeing the safety of the nation’s 2.6 million miles of hazardous gas and liquid pipelines; and the safe transportation of hazardous materials by rail, highway, marine, and air, both domestically and internationally.  During his tenure at PHMSA, Mr. Butters was engaged in several high profile efforts including the radioactive contamination transportation issues associated with Fukashima disaster, Super Storm Sandy response and recovery, safe transportation of medical waste during Ebola incident, neutralized chemical weapons material from Syria, lithium batteries, West Texas Ammonium Nitrate explosion, and most recently the safety issues involving the transportation of Bakken crude oil by rail and pipeline.  He was the recipient of several individual and team awards during his tenure with PHMSA. Previous executive positions also include assistant fire chief of operations/ acting fire Chief for the City of Fairfax (Virginia) Fire Department; managing director of the Chemical Transportation Emergency Center (CHEMTREC); director of government affairs for the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC); and program manager with United States Fire Administration (USFA)/ Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Chief Butters has over 35 years of operational service as certified firefighter/EMT and command officer, including 15 years of serving in several senior chief fire officer positions.  He served as the chairman of the Hazardous Materials Committee for the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), and participated on several NFPA Technical Committees.  As as a member of the National Capitol Region Incident Management team (NCR IMT), has deployed to several disaster sites to support local emergency management operations, including Hurricane’s Katrina (MS) and Ike (TX).  Mr. Butters holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Economics from James Madison University.  

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Gregory noll

  • Mr. Gregory G. Noll has forty-five years experience in emergency preparedness, response and occupational safety and health. During his career, he has served as the Hazardous Materials Coordinator for the Prince George’s County (Maryland) Fire Department, as Fire and Safety Associate with the American Petroleum Institute in Washington, D.C., as a faculty member for the Iowa State University - Fire Service Institute, and as a career firefighter with the Reading, PA Fire Department. Mr. Noll is presently the Program Manager for the South Central Task Force, an eight-county regional Pennsylvania task force covering a population of 2 million and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Homeland Security Task Force. In addition, Mr. Noll is a senior partner with Hildebrand and Noll Associates, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in operations security, incident and crisis management and hazardous materials emergency response, management and training issues. A Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) and an experienced educator, Mr. Noll has served as a college instructor and as an adjunct faculty member for the National Fire Academy and the FBI HazMat Response Unit. He has served as a panelist on several national teleconferences in the hazardous materials and emergency management field, as well as an on-camera narrator for over 30 hazmat training videos, and has testified at both OSHA and NTSB public hearings on hazardous materials and emergency response issues. In 2010, Greg and Mike Hildebrand were the recipients of the California Continuing Challenge William Patterson Lifetime Achievement Award for their "lifetime" of commitment and sacrifice in creating and promoting innovations and achievements in the hazardous materials response and training community. In 2011, Greg was honored by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) as the recipient of the John M. Eversole Lifetime Achievement Award for his leadership and contributions to further and enhance the hazardous materials emergency response profession.  Greg is a retired SMSgt with the U.S. Air Force – Fire and Emergency Services, retiring after twenty-nine years of service. In this capacity, he served as a subject matter expert for various DOD hazardous materials and counter-terrorism response training programs. Mr. Noll also retired as the senior Hazmat Manager for PA Task Force-1, one of the 28 federal urban search and rescue teams, and responded to both the World Trade Center attack and the Hurricane Katrina disaster. He is the co-author of nine hazardous materials textbooks, including Hazardous Materials: Managing the Incident (4th edition), and has published over fifty journal articles on fire service and hazardous materials related subjects. Mr. Noll serves on a number of national committees, including as chairperson for the NFPA Technical Committee on Hazardous Materials / WMD Emergency Response (NFPA 472), as a member of the IAFC Hazardous Materials Committee, as Past State and Local Co-Chair for the InterAgency Board (IAB) for Equipment Standardization and Interoperability – Training and Exercise Subgroup, and the Editorial Advisory Board for both Fire Engineering magazine and the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC). Mr. Noll has an M.P.A., Public Administration, Iowa State University; B.S., Business Administration, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania; A.A., Fire Science, Prince George’s College, Largo, Maryland.  

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Richard Stilp

  • Richard Stilp RN, MA, FPEM,  recently (April 2018) completed his fire service career as the Fire Chief of St Cloud Fire Rescue in Central Florida. He began his career in the fire service in 1976 on Orlando Fire Department where he rose in rank to District Chief. Chief Stilp’s responsibilities included managing the Hazardous Materials and Dive Teams. Over a period of 10 years during his tenure on Orlando FD he worked part time as an Emergency Department Registered Nurse at several hospitals in Orlando and Winter Haven, Florida. After retirement from Orlando Fire Department, Richard became the Corporate Director for Safety and Security for Orlando Regional Healthcare, a group of seven hospitals, located in four counties, and employing more than 13,000 employees. In 2005 Richard returned to the fire service when he took over as the Executive Director of the Central Florida Fire Academy (CFFA). The CFFA was one of the largest Fire Academies in the state offering a full complement of Florida US&R courses, Fire Officer, Fire Inspector, EMT, and Fire Standards training. After retiring from the CFFA, Richard became the Regional Hazardous Materials Coordinator for UASI Region V. As the Regional Coordinator, he assists 6 regional hazardous materials teams with equipment purchases and training. As an author, Richard has co-authored a number of books with Armando Bevelacqua including “Emergency Medical Response to Hazardous Materials Incidents”, “Terrorism Handbook for Operational Responders”, “The Hazardous Materials Field Guide”, and the “Citizens Guide to Terrorism Preparedness”. He has also contributed a number of articles to professional fire and nursing publications. Richard holds an Associate in Arts, and Associates in Science in Nursing, a Bachelors of Arts in Business, and a Masters of Arts in Management. He is certified as a Florida Professional Emergency Manager (FPEM) through the Florida Emergency Preparedness Association (FEPA) and he holds a Fire Instructor III certification, and is a Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) through FEMA. He enjoys teaching through his consulting company; Emergency Management Systems, Inc. and instructing at National Conferences like the International HazMat Teams Conference in Baltimore, Hotzone in Houston, and the Florida HazMat Symposium where he serves as a member of the Board of Directors and on the Executive Committee. 

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Bill hand

Bill Hand, MBA is a forty three year veteran of the Fire Service and is currently a contract Training Officer with the Harris County Texas Hazardous Materials Response Team in Houston Texas. Prior to his employment with Harris County, he spent 31 years with the Houston Fire Department, retiring in September 2005. He was a charter member of the Houston Fire Department Hazardous Materials Response Team with over twenty six years of service. During his service with the Houston Fire Department and Harris County HMRT he has responded to over 7500 hazardous materials incidents involving hundreds of different types of chemicals and containers. He has delivered thousands of hours of emergency response training to private, public and government sector emergency responders and executive personnel and is a frequent speaker at conferences around the country. Bill has received numerous awards in his field to include: the “Level A Award” and “John Eversole Lifetime Achievement Award” from the International Association of Fire Chief’s International Hazmat Teams Conference, the “In the Zone Award” from the Hot Zone Conference, the “Red Adair Lifetime Achievement Award” from Industrial Fire World Conference, the “2006 Life Time Service Award” from the International Association of Hazardous Materials Technicians and was honored by a Proclamation from Mayor Bill White of the City of Houston, declaring March 16, 2006 “Bill Hand Day” in the City of Houston for lifetime achievement and service to the city as a founding member of the Houston Fire Department Hazardous Materials Response Team. Captain Hand has authored several articles and books on Hazmat Containers and Case Studies in fire service journals. As a Master Instructor he has also worked with the International Association of Fire Fighters for over twenty seven years in the development, writing and review of Hazardous Materials and Weapons of Mass Destruction training programs. He has served as a subject matter expert for several Department of Homeland Security training programs. Captain Hand was a principal in his own company for many years. His clients include Shell Oil Company, Phillips Petroleum, TEPPCO Pipeline Company, United Space Alliance, NASA Johnson Space Center, Albemarle Corporation, Kirby Inland Marine, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Dow Chemical, Lubrizol Corporation, Clean Channel Association, Emergency Film Group, Lyondell Petrochemical Corporation, Valero Petroleum Company, and Houston Marine Services. Numerous institutions of higher learning such as Lamar University, Texas A&M University, Houston Community College and the University of Houston have also been among his clients. During his spare time, Bill enjoys boating and saltwater fishing. He holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100 Ton Masters License for Coastal Offshore Waters.  

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