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 Expert  725319

Expert in Hazmat Incident Investigation, Evidence Documentation, Collection and Handling, Fire Causation


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Pennsylvania (PA)
USA
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Summary of Expertise:

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His expertise involves chemical, biological, radiological and explosive emergency response, scene management and planning. This area of expertise has a limited pool of experts. Expert's knowledge, experience and skills make him one of the foremost experts in the nation on these agents in the hostile environment of an emergency scene.

Expert possess emergency response experience as well as a science oriented education to provide a unique understanding of real world emergencies that can not be learned solely in a text or class room. He has actual emergency scene experience in command and control; hazard ,risk, vulnerability assessment and identification; incident investigation and cause identification and more. Expert's knowledge in these areas is exemplified by the use of his expertise for the purpose of national and international instruction and course development for multiple Federal Agencies and Departments (Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Fire Academy, Department of Justice, Department of State and others). Included is his course development and instruction of an FBI course in weapons of mass destruction (WMD), improvised weapons and agents and evidence identification, documentation, collection and handling in contaminated crime scenes and environments.

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acetylene

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agricultural chemical

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agricultural chemistry

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aliphatic solvent

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agricultural pesticide

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biocide

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applied organic chemistry

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chemical compound

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chemical intermediate

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chemical industry

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chemical product environmental effect

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environmental chemistry

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gas product

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gas production

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heavy metal toxicity

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heterocyclic compound

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hydrocarbon solvent

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hydrogen

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industrial chemical

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industrial chemical toxicology

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industrial chemistry

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industrial gas

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industrial solvent

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organic solvent

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water treatment chemical

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evidence documentation

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fire cause


Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Localities:
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: New York, New York;  Yonkers, New York;  Newark, New Jersey;  Jersey City, New Jersey;  Paterson, New Jersey;  Elizabeth, New Jersey;  Trenton, New Jersey;  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;  Allentown, Pennsylvania;  and Baltimore, Maryland.

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1976   BS   Secondary Education Biology & General Science   Kutztown University  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title   Responsibilities

1983 to 2008

 

Self

 

President/Owner

 

He is the sole proprietor of Hazard Management Associates responsible for all aspects of business operations.

2004 to 2008

 

Potomac River Group

 

Senior Homeland Security Analyst

 

International instruction for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency of the US Department of State, Diplomatic Security of the Department of Death, Exercise developer and controller for Department of Homeland Security

1995 to 2000

 

Community Research Associates

 

Subject Matter Expert - Part-time

 

Developer of an 80 hour course focusing on law enforcement operations in a chemical, radiological, biological and explosive environment. Substantial focus on evidence documentation, collection and handling procedures.

1981 to 2008

 

National Fire Academy

 

Contract Instructor, Subject Matter Expert, Course developer

 

Instructor in the areas of hazardous materials chemistry, strategic and tactical operations and planning; Command and Control ICS/NIMS; Terrorism Emergency Response and Planning.


Career Accomplishments:
Associations/Societies

International Association of Fire Chiefs, Pennsylvania Association of Arson Investigators, International Association of Arson Investigators, National Fire Protection Association, Pennsylvania Association of Hazardous Materials Association, Association of National Fire Academy Instructors

Licenses/Certifications

Secondary Education certified in Biology and General Science

Professional Appointments

Local Representative to the National Domestic Preparedness Organization of the Department of Justice; Secretary, 2nd Vice President, Vice President and President of the Pennsylvania Association of Hazardous Materials Technicians

Awards/Recognition

Level A Award for life time contribution to hazardous materials response by the International Association of Fire Chiefs.


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

Multiple course manuals as author or contributing author; author of Hazardous Materials Strategies and Tactics published by Prentice Hall; multiple articles in Fire Engineering magazine.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Prentice Hall  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1981 to 2008   FEMA - National Fire Academy   Instructor, subject matter expert, course developer   He has been an instructor for over 27 years in the areas of hazardous materials chemistry, strategic and tactical response and planning; Incident Command/NIMS; Terrorism Response, Planning and Incident Management. Additionally, he has been the prime developer for six courses and a member of the development team of multiple other courses.
1985 to 2002   FEMA - Emergency Management Institute   Instructor, subject matter expert and course developer   He instructed Multi-hazard Planning, Hazardous Materials Contingency Planning, Terrorism Planning, Integrated Emergency Management Course (Hazmat). He has also been involved in the development process for three EMI courses.
1998 to 2000   Federal Bureau of Investigation   Subject matter expert, course manager and course developer   Primary contractor for the development of the FBI Hazardous Materials Response Unit 80 hour course on law enforcement operations in a chemical, biological, radiological and explosives incident.
2001 to 2008   United States Department of State, Diplomatic Security   Instructor   He instructs a one week introduction to terrorism response and a three week operational course in foreign countries including Turkey, Kuwait, Tajikistan and Argentina.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • He acted as the coordinator between the Haverhill, MA Fire Department and a specialty metals supply company to acquire a certificate of occupancy by enabling the company to meet the Fire Department safety concerns.
  • He was a member of an expert cadre representing the defendant in a $50 million lawsuit involving a combustible metal explosion. The metal involved was sodium. There were 12 serious injuries including 2 severe burns to two of the victims. Settled for $19 million and considered a win.
  • He was the fire cause and origin expert in a fire caused by swimming pool chlorinator that cause the total loss of a supply warehouse and retail sales company. Identified a slow oxidation ignition process other than the original cause.
  • He was the expert for the defendant in an improper tactics and excess loss suit against several fire departments. The fire involved combustible metals including titanium, magnesium and aluminum. The case was settled for a nominal fee.
  • Assessment of a County hazardous materials response system to identify any needed changes necessary. The findings led to the implementation of a new response team organization and overall control.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Qualified expert witness in Lehigh and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the areas of hazardous materials; improvised explosive chemicals; evidence identification, documentation, collection and handling; fire cause and origin.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
2001 to 2001   Ankara, 'Turkey   He was one of five instructors for this one week introductory course involving terrorism response and planning. (This is only a partial list of international experience.)
2004 to 2004   Tashkent, Uzbekistan   He made multiple trips to Tashkent between 2003 and 2004. During the final trip he was a controller for a multi-day, multi-agency full scale field exercise involving border counter proliferation activities, to law enforcement and military interdiction as well as handling of contaminated evidence.
2007 to 2007   Dushanbe, Tajikistan   One of three instructors for this the week operational course. It instructs the participants in the use and maintanence of specialized personal protective equipment. It further involves scenero based application of operational security and response options. On completion of the program all equipment and its storage trailer become the property of the host country.
2008 to 2008   Buenos Aires, Peru   He was team lead of three instructors for this three week operational course. The program instructs the participants in the use and maintanence of specialized personal protective and other specialized equipment. It further involves scenero based application of operational security and response options. On completion of the program all equipment and its storage trailer become the property of the host country.
2008 to 2008   Dhaka, Bangladesh   He was one of three instructors for this one week introductory course involving terrorism response and planning.

Market Research:
Regulartory interpretation and implementation options and strategies involving hazardous substance/materials planning, prevention and response.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:
Training/Seminars

Innumerable conferences, courses, seminars as well as course development for United States Fire Administration, FEMA, Emergency Management Institute, Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Defense, Department of Transportation, Department of State and Environmental Protection Agency and numerous state and local agencies.

Other Skills and Services

Evaluation, Assessment and Development of emergency response systems for the public and private sector; instructional design; threat assessment; national and international instruction.


 

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