A 37 plus year veteran of the fire service and the recipient of the 2010 “In the Zone Award” and the “Level A Award” for leadership, service and support in education of the hazardous materials first response community, and the Dieter Heinz 2016 instructor of the year award. Retired from City of Orlando Fire Department, Orlando Florida where he served as Chief of Special Operations, Homeland Security and Emergency Medical Services Transport.
Armando also teaches at local colleges, instructing Fire and EMS Classes. He writes free-lance, publishing articles and educational textbooks. He is published with topics on report writing for EMS providers, Emergency Medical Response to Hazardous Materials Incidents, Hazardous Materials Field Guide and Terrorism Handbook for Operational Responders and a Chemistry book geared for the first responder. He has been presented nationally on several controversial issues in the disciples of Technical Rescue, EMS, Hazardous Materials and Management. Armando lectures to fire departments throughout North America, Canada and Europe. He is an adjunct instructor through the Department of Defense as well as with several federal agencies involved with forced protection.
Chief Bevelacqua serves on several federal, state and local committees. He holds membership to the Inter-Agency Board (IAB) for Training and Exercise development - IAB discussing issues affecting USAR and HazMat deployment, and training as it relates to terrorism and which have developed the national “Selected Equipment List” (SEL) for first responders. Technical Consultant and member to the NFPA 470 (472, 1072, 473), and 475 Technical Committees along with representation on the ASTM standards development committee for emergency response. Chief Bevelacqua has assisted in the development of standards and protocols such as with Rocky Mountain Poison Control for the development of standardized Medical Protocol for the WMD event and for the State Department for WMD training of embassy delegates.
With over 32 years of emergency response experience in the following disciplines; Industrial, Municipal, and Emergency Response Contractors, Mr. Ramsey brings real world experiences to life in the classroom through his lectures and demonstrations.
Mr. Ramsey currently works as the Principal Emergency Response Manager for Eastman Chemical Company, he is also owns Emergency Response Training Group LLC and provides hazmat / fire chemistry training throughout the United States. Mr. Ramsey is an adjunct instructor for Tennessee Fire Codes Enforcement Academy, he holds certifications as an IFSAC Journeyman fire fighter, Fire Instructor II, Fire Inspector I, Rope Rescue I, Tennessee Emergency Medical Technician, Hazardous Materials Specialist, Rail Car Specialist, Highway Transportation Specialist, and Emergency Response Transportation Specialist. Additionally Mr. Ramsey is actively involved with the Sullivan County LEPC for over 10 years, he has served as chairman, vice chair, and hazmat sub-committee chair he is currently vice chair of the Northeast Regional Fire Chiefs.
Mr. Ramsey has been providing dynamic presentations of PHYSICAL and CHEMICAL PROPERTIES of HAZARDOUS MATERIALS to various emergency responders for over 18 years. His presentations allow for participants to understand the dynamic and graphic tendencies of flammable liquids and explosive flammable gases.
Chris is a founding partner with Blackrock 3 Partners Inc., a firm providing Incident Management training and consulting worldwide.
Previously he was a Deputy Program Manager with responsibility for WMD and Counterproliferation courses within the DOD International Counterproliferation Program (ICP). This cooperative program with the FBI and DHS provides threat assessment, Anti-Terrorism and HazMat training and full scale exercises worldwide.
Previous to this position Chris was the Special Operations Coordinator for the Baltimore County, MD Fire Department. Chris has been a firefighter for 24 years and a HazMat responder for 19 years. He is the author of several HazMat and Terrorism response textbooks and most recently published a Monitoring & Detection textbook with Jones & Bartlett Learning.
Chris has been a firefighter in the Northwest for 18 years now. He is a rescue technician and hazmat technician at West Pierce Fire & Rescue, a moderate-sized fire department in Western Washington, just south of Seattle. In his years at WPFR, he has become the hazmat team lead and is a hazmat branch manager with Washington Task Force 1.
In 2017 Chris deployed in response to Hurricane Irma to help protect the citizens of Florida and Georgia. Chris has been instructing students on a frequent basis since 2010 and has been certified with Fire Instructor I, Hazmat train-the-trainer for Hazmat Awareness/Operations as well as Hazmat on Scene Incident Command.
Chris currently instructs hazmat classes at Bates Technical College in Tacoma, WA, he also instructs for multiple fire departments across Washington State and is the lead Hazmat instructor at West Pierce Fire & Rescue, he previously was an adjunct instructor for the Washington State Patrol Academy, and currently instructs under contract for the WSP.
Greg Noll serves as the Senior Planning Specialist – Special Projects for the South Central PA Regional Task Force (SCTF), one of nine regional task forces established throughout Pennsylvania. Greg is also a principal with GGN Technical Resources, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in emergency planning, response and incident management issues. A retired member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve with over 29 years of service, Greg has served as a subject matter expert for various DoD hazardous materials and counter-terrorism response training programs. He serves as a Team Leader with the SCTF Type-3 Incident Management Team (IMT) and is a member of the PA Type-3 IMT.
Greg has 50 years of experience in the fire service and emergency response community and is the co-author of nine textbooks on hazardous materials emergency response and management topics. In 2019 he was inducted into the National Fire Heritage Center – Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders for his significant lifetime contributions to the fire service / hazardous materials emergency response and training community. He is a member and immediate past-chair of the NFPA Technical Committee on Hazardous Materials / WMD Response Personnel (NFPA 472), is a member of the InterAgency Board (IAB) Training and Exercise SubGroup, and is a member of the IAFC Hazardous Materials Committee.
Greg also serves as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for both Fire Engineering magazine and the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC).
Gregory Socks career spans over 45 years of emergency response, planning, and training in the Fire and Hazardous Materials disciplines. His career as a firefighter started 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 Coordinator for Hazardous Materials Operational Responsibilities.
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 the five partners/principal consultants with Emergency Management Solutions, Inc.
Ludwig is a retired professional safety engineer and Fellow of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators, with industrial, consulting, academic, and governmental experience that includes technical, operational and managerial experience in chemical transportation and distribution, safety, accident investigation, regulation and investigation process research.
He conducted or managed hazmat transportation accident investigations in all transport modes for the National Transportation Safety Board for over a decade. He created and taught courses on investigation methods and hazardous materials safety, and published over 100 papers, guides and books with theories, methods and models used in several disciplines, accessible at his personal web site (ludwigbemmer.org) and the pro bono investigation process research resources (iprr.org).
The lead Engineer/Paramedic, HazMat Technician with the First HazMat Battalion on Engine 245, a character within the story of HazMat Man. Lead shift Instructor for the station house, and all around great guy. A true character in the comic book series "HazMat Man".
Follow the emergency crews of the First Hazmat Battalion; the elite RESPONSE team within special operations command. Learn from the wacky exploits of Captain Phaedrus, also known as Hazmat Man, and his crew of highly trained responders, not to mention hazmat chicken, through the perilous feats of bravery, highly stupid antics, and absolutely senseless degrees of insanity, while risking their lives to save others.
This endeavor is to create educational comics for the first response community. Educating new and seasoned responders to the ever-advancing technologies that are entering the first response arena.
Developer and instructor of HazChem the premier wet chemistry kit for emergency response personnel. The HazChemLLC HazClass® and ProHazClass® Kits have and are being used by many personnal and departments throughout the United States and Internationally.
Some of the domestic organizations currently using our kits are California Highway patrol, DEA, FDNY Fire Department-HazMat, Colorado State Patrol, Sheriff's Departments, Police Departments, Environmental Cleanup Companies, Health Departments, Governmental Agencies and many others.
Internationally the HazClass® kits is used in countries such as Canada, UK, Australia, South America, Iraq and others.
Rick has worked in emergency services for more than 45 years as a volunteer and career firefighter, medic, and hazmat responder. Chief Edinger currently serves as chairman of the NFPA Technical Committee for Hazardous Materials Response. He retired in 2018 as Deputy Chief of Operations from Chesterfield County Fire and Emergency Medical Services (CFEMS), a metro-sized, all-hazards, emergency response organization in central Virginia. Chief Edinger is trained as a hazardous materials technician and served for 25 years as a member of the CFEMS Hazardous Incident Response Team. He previously served as the vice-chairman of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Hazardous Materials Committee for a number of years and continues to sit on that committee. Chief Edinger holds a Bachelor of Science degree in fire science technology from Columbia Southern University and is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program.
John - St. Petersburg FD, FL
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Dave - Austin FD, TX
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Rick - Orlando FD, FL
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Eric - Ft Lauderdale FD, FL
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Paul - Boston FD, MA
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