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The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) Indirect Training Program offers students the unique opportunity to receive training in their hometowns at no cost.


The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) currently offers four (4) Train the Trainer (TtT) courses, recognizing successful graduates as Indirect Trainers for their home state in accordance with the State/Territory/Tribal Training point of contact directive. The Indirect Training Program provides Indirect Trainers with administrative support to deliver the specific course(s) linked to each Train the Trainer course. This administrative support is at no cost to trainers, and includes student training materials and certificates of completion. Training provided within states and local jurisdictions by state and local trainers is a critical component of national preparedness.

Train the Trainer (TtT) Courses Offered

Listed below are the TtT courses offered with the corresponding indirect classes.

CDP Train the Trainer (TtT) Course Indirect Class Supported
Standardized Awareness Authorized Training Program, TtT (SAAT) Standardized Awareness Training (SAT)
Law Enforcement Protective Measures for CBRNE Incidents, TtT (LEPM TtT) Law Enforcement Protective Measures for CBRNE Incidents (LEPM)
Hospital Emergency Response Training for Mass Casualty Incidents Basic, TtT (HERT-B TtT) Hospital Emergency Response Training for Mass Casualty Incidents (HERT)
Radiological Series, TtT (RAD TtT) Fundamentals Course for Radiological Response (FCRR)
Hospital Emergency Department Management of Radiation Accidents (HRA)

State Approval Process

A trainer may be state/territory/tribal approved to teach most of the Indirect courses if the Training POC determines state qualifications for instruction are met. Two completed forms are needed:

  1. Trainer Application for State Approval (138)
  2. Training POC Approval letter

Contact Information for Indirect Training

(866) 291-0698
(256) 231-5550
Email

Indirect Authorized Trainer Program (IATP)

The CDP recognizes indirect trainers who demonstrate teaching proficiency by actively delivering multiple CDP training course iterations or by effectively reaching large training audience populations within their states or local jurisdictions.


Excellence in Training

There are three levels of recognition. Proficiency levels are based on performance in the Indirect Program for training conducted within the preceding fiscal year (October 1 through September 30).

Trainers who achieve IATP status will receive recognition for their efforts on the CDP website. Additionally, trainers will receive a certificate of achievement, and various CDP items, based on the level of performance attained.

2016 Excellence in Training Honorees
Gold Level Authorized Trainers

Image: Dennis Terpin, Ph.D., O.H.S.T.

Dennis Terpin, Ph.D., O.H.S.T.

Dennis is a certified Fire Officer 1 and Paramedic who has worked in the Occupational Safety, Health, Industrial Hygiene, Laboratory Safety, Fire EMS and Emergency Management and Response fields for over 49 years. Dennis is a Master Level Instructor (sub-contractor) for FEMA and DHS at the CDP, as well as an instructor for the Emergency Management Institute and the New Mexico Tech Energetic Materials Research and Training Center. Other certifications include: All Hazards Incident Commander, Safety Officer, Operations Section Chief and Liaison Officer Instructor. In addition, Dennis is a member of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Incident Management Team and Deputy Commander of the University’s Emergency Response Team. As the University’s Certified All Hazards Safety Officer, he worked such events as President Obama’s visit to UIC, Senate Bill 10 in Illinois, the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates Conference, the 2012 Chicago NATO Conference and the 2016 UIC Trump rally.


Image: Anthony Egan, RN, MSN, CHS-III, CHSP-FDNY, Adjunct Professor

Anthony Egan, RN, MSN, CHS-III, CHSP-FDNY, Adjunct Professor

Anthony began his career in Healthcare in 1988, working as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), at Mary Immaculate Hospital, Jamaica, NY. While employed as an EMT, he completed his Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from Iona College and graduated with an Associate’s Degree from Catholic Medical Center. His various accomplishments as a Registered Nurse include positions in Medical-surgical, Post Anesthesia Care Unit, Critical Care and Emergency Department (a department he later managed). Completing his Masters in Nursing Administration and Nursing Informatics in 2001, he transitioned to Program Director for Neurosurgical product line that performed over 500 cases per year. In 2002, Anthony was called to serve and is still an active member of the New York City Fire Department and continues to serve in Engine 274 (Special Operations Command – Hazardous Materials (HazMat) Tech Engine). He is a trained HazMat Technician Level 2.


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Joseph Ditmer

Currently attending Colorado Technical University (CTU) for his BS in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Joseph has completed The National Emergency Management Basic Academy Foundations of Emergency Management. As an Indirect Instructor for Hospital Emergency Response Training (HERT), and Standardized Awareness Training (SAT) since October 2015, he is afforded the opportunity to train first responders and healthcare personnel in Emergency Response and Awareness level training. In addition to having 15 years of experience in public, private and military healthcare systems, with an Occupational Safety and Health Training Train-the-Trainer certification, Joseph Ditmer is also a current member of National Emergency Management Association.


Image: Ronald Raab; James Madison University; Harrisonburg, VA

Ronald Raab; James Madison University; Harrisonburg, VA

Ron is a Professor in the College of Integrated Science and Technology at James Madison University (JMU) where he teaches courses in biotechnology and awareness and understanding of WMDs. He serves as a regional Hazardous Materials responder, and educator for the City of Harrisonburg, and Rockingham County in Virginia. In addition, he is also a volunteer firefighter. He joined the JMU faculty in Fall 2001. Ron received his B.A. degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from University of California, Santa Barbara. He received a Master of Science degree in organic chemistry and a Ph.D. in molecular biology and genetics from Texas A&M University. Prior to joining JMU, he spent 15 years in the biotech industry as a research scientist at IDEC Pharmaceuticals, and Affymax Research Institute. He has taught Molecular Biology and Genetics at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests are the cloning, expression, and purification of genes from pathogenic bacteria, and viruses for use as potential vaccines, therapeutics, and/or for diagnostic reagents for the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.


Image: Keith Fehr, CHFM, Corporate Emergency Management Director

Keith Fehr, CHFM, Corporate Emergency Management Director

Keith serves at the Corporate Emergency Management Director for Banner Health with program oversight responsibilities in six states including acute and critical access hospitals, community health centers, ambulatory surgical centers, long-term care facilities, hospice, and home health. He has been in the healthcare sector for over 16 years with over 10 of those years focused on Emergency Management. He also holds a Master of Science in Leadership with an emphasis in Disaster Preparedness/Executive Fire Leadership degree from Grand Canyon University. Keith has been instructing as an authorized trainer for Hospital Emergency Response Trainer (HERT) and Standardized Awareness Authorized Trainer (SAAT), for the CDP, since 2011. Over the last few years, he led development of a HERT member retention plan which maps team members toward team leadership and ultimately the instructor corps. This plan included the local development of two higher level courses that focus on equipment use and set-up, and team leadership to promote a self-sufficient, committed team. In addition to his corporate role, Keith continues to support training efforts in the community with coalition partners to drive community resiliency and capability.

Silver Level Authorized Trainers

Image: William 'Bill' Brown, Southeast Regional Emergency Response Coordinator

William 'Bill' Brown, Southeast Regional Emergency Response Coordinator

Bill is with the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (NDDES) and stationed in Fargo, North Dakota. Since 2010, Bill worked with First Responders, Emergency Managers and other governmental agencies regarding training, grant assistance and disaster assistance, promoting the concept of regional response. Prior to working for NDDES, he served 31 years with the Minot, N.D. Police Department, achieving the rank of Captain; Bill worked in all divisions, including 18 years of service on the department’s SWAT team, and three years as Commander. A certified Law Enforcement Instructor for 35 years, he also taught a wide variety of law enforcement courses both locally and at the State Law Enforcement Academy. In addition, he was an Adjunct Professor for Minot State University, teaching courses in Criminal Justice and Homeland Security for 15 years. Additionally, he’s a military Air Force veteran; has more than 5,000 hours of Law Enforcement training emphasizing management and Homeland Security; Certified Hazardous Materials Technician for North Dakota and Minnesota. He also aided with Minot, N.D. floods of 2011 and 2016-2017 Dakota Access Pipeline Protests. Bill describes his CDP training experience as one of the highlights of his career, stating training is “relevant, realistic and encouraging students to learn more regarding emergency response”.


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Barton Allen, Management Specialist

Barton, Wyoming Air National Emergency Management Specialist, has over a decade of Department of Defense firefighting experience, and 21 years in the military. He describes his role of instructor, on behalf of the CDP, in his community and state, as very rewarding. He also lauds the level of support provided, as well as the networking opportunities that came from attending CDP courses as invaluable. A 2016 graduate from Grand Canyon University with a B.S. in Public Safety & Emergency Management, Barton was recently chosen as Emergency Manager for Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. He states he will definitely be looking for future courses in Anniston to keep his “toolbox” full, and searching for opportunities to continue teaching First and Emergency Responders in his new community as well. Barton is a married father of four, from Cheyenne, Wyoming.


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Ken Shawl, Respiratory Therapy

Ken began his career in healthcare in 2003 in Respiratory Therapy. Beginning at Holland Hospital in Holland, Mich., he transferred to Spectrum Health. After years of sharpening his skills as general therapist, Ken joined the Adult Intensive Care Unit specialist team. Four years later, he transitioned to specializing in emergency medicine respiratory care. Each role has allowed him to pass on knowledge to students from a wide range of healthcare disciplines. In 2009, Ken joined the Hospital Emergency Response Team (HERT). Over several years, he gained experience with personal protective equipment (PPE) while responding to incidents for patient decontamination. Ken joined the instructor group for HERT in 2010. He continues attending extensive educational events. He and his team pass knowledge to teams at hospitals across West Michigan, utilizing special training for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives events requiring specialized PPE. In August 2015, Ken was asked to work with infection control and prevention team to develop the PPE necessary to keep healthcare providers safe and healthy while caring for those suspected of having contracted a serious contagious disease. Once accomplished, he facilitated the training of over 1,000 Spectrum Health clinical staff to safely use this elevated level of PPE.


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Spencer Pollock, Executive Director, ARC

Spencer serves as Executive Director for American Red Cross, Wyoming, specializing in crisis & consequence management, incident command system, system creation and leadership. Responsibilities include leading several field offices and hundreds of volunteers carrying out disaster response and operational missions of the Red Cross. Also, he served in Command & General Staff/Operations Management functions during Colorado’s 2013 Floods, High Park fire, Waldo Canyon fire, Wyoming’s Fremont County floods; served as chair for award-winning Wyoming Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, as Colorado-Wyoming Deputy Regional Disaster Officer and as Planning Section Chief for eight states’ divisional Red Cross Incident Management Team (IMT); chair of the Wyoming All Hazards Incident Management Team qualification review-steering committee; FEMA certified Planning Section Chief Instructor; co-authored an advanced preparedness course for families; founder of the statewide, Prepare Wyoming campaign; volunteer firefighter/special operations/wildland Lieutenant with Laramie County Fire District 1; certified as a Firefighter, EMT, Hazardous Materials Specialist, Instructor, Inspector, Investigator, Safety Officer, Public Information Officer, Liaison Officer, Wildland Firefighter, Apparatus Driver Operator and Fire Officer; holds the national level Red Cross “Certified Disaster Manager”; Peace Officer Standards & Training certified instructor. Spencer’s volunteer work includes board member for non-profit organizations and various victim advocate programs, just to name a few.

Bronze Level Authorized Trainers

Image: Steven Samuels, Continuing Medical Education (CME) Coordinator

Steven Samuels, Continuing Medical Education (CME) Coordinator

Steven was a practitioner of pre-hospital emergency medicine, for three decades. The events of 9/11 not only changed the world, but his personal outlook, role and responsibility. He states he was no longer only concerned for the wellbeing of his patients but had to consider the safety of his partner, coworkers, the public and himself. He has dedicated the past 10 years of his paramedic career, to a position where he could share his knowledge and experience, to the next generation of EMTs and paramedics. For the past four years, he is the CME Coordinator for New York Presbyterian Hospital EMS department. Steven was one of the original ten paramedics to staff the new Emergency Paramedic Services Department; pioneered development of new procedures and equipment; provided rapid assessment and treatment of the sick and injured as part of the Stat Flight Team in 1996-1999. He was also a team member with Aeromed, first hospital-based air ambulance in the state of New York. As one of six paramedics selected, based on core paramedic competencies, initiative and communication skills, they were critical in launching this new hospital service. Steven was also Emergency Room Technician; Captain, Rescue Squad, Syosset Fire Department.


Image: Glenn Neuman, Police Officer, Training Instructor

Glenn Neuman, Police Officer, Training Instructor

Glen has been a police officer for the last 32 years and became a Training Instructor in 2005. He states he is “honored to be recognized as a Bronze Level trainer”. He recognizes the CDP as being a major contributor to his success as an Academy Training Instructor. Over the past two years, he has been instrumental in the successful graduation of over 400 Police Officers. He further compliments the CDP by stating “the support from your agency was instrumental in providing the necessary training for the changing world we have to deal with in law enforcement.” Glen further states that training is “the most rewarding part of my career.” He firmly believes training saves lives and the programs CDP offers are critical in providing this information to Law Enforcement.”


Image: Scott Mickalonis, MS, Certification as an Emergency Manager (CEM), Emergency Preparedness Manager

Scott Mickalonis, MS, Certification as an Emergency Manager (CEM), Emergency Preparedness Manager

Scott is the Manager for Emergency Preparedness for Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey Pa. He joined the staff in 2014, and is responsible for the facility’s comprehensive emergency management program. This includes emergency planning, response and immediate recovery to disaster events for the 550-acre campus that is home to the Medical Center, Children’s Hospital, Cancer Institute, College of Medicine and Penn State Hershey Medical Group. He conducts training and educational programs throughout the organization, including National Incident Management System and Hospital Incident Command System courses and coordinates the Hospital Emergency Response Training (HERT B-2) Indirect Training course for the Southcentral Healthcare Coalition. Prior to joining Penn State - Hershey Medical Center, Scott was the Deputy Director for the Division of Emergency Management with the Montgomery County, Pa., a Department of Public Safety. Scott received his Master of Science degree in Emergency Management from Millersville University Center for Disaster Research and Education and holds the International Association of Emergency Manager’s CEM. In addition, he is a member of the Advisory Board, for the MSEM program at Millersville University and serves as the Vice-Chair for the Southcentral Pa. Healthcare Coalition. He maintains certification as a paramedic, firefighter and hazardous materials technician.


Image: Arthur Ditzel, EMS Supervisor

Arthur Ditzel, EMS Supervisor

Arthur is a National Registry Paramedic who started his career in 1992 in the New Jersey suburbs of New York City, as a volunteer EMT and Firefighter. He attended Paramedic School at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York City in 1999 and has worked as both a paramedic in the New York City 911 system for hospital based EMS services, as well as a Critical Care Paramedic with New York Presbyterian (NYP) Hospital specializing in pediatric and neonatal transportation. He is certified as a Firefighter II, New York and National Registry Paramedic, New York Advanced Hazmat Tech, and a National Fire Protection Association Fire Instructor, Pro Board certified. He is currently an EMS Supervisor at NYP Emergency Services in charge of the Special Operations Division and Emergency Management Operations across all campuses of the NYP Hospital System. Arthur lives in New Jersey with his wife and son, and continues to volunteer his time as a Lieutenant for the Tenafly Volunteer Fire Department. He is a Life Member of the Tenafly Volunteer Ambulance Corps.


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Wesley Portzline


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Kathy Cern, Emergency Management Services (EMS) Coordinator

Kathy is the EMS Coordinator at Cleveland Clinic, Akron General in Northeast Ohio. She is actively involved in Emergency Preparedness at the facility. Additionally, she has been instrumental in developing a Hospital Emergency Response Training (HERT) program in her region and has trained alongside other HERT Instructors, from other facilities, and many employees from various hospitals throughout the region. Kathy attended and successfully completed multiple Responder Training Courses offered at the CDP. They include Hospital Emergency Response Training, Train-the-Trainer (HERT-TtT); Healthcare Leadership (HCL); Emergency Medical Operations (EMO); Standardized Awareness Authorized Training, Train-the-Trainer (SAAT-TtT) and plans to attend the Integrated Emergency Management Course in Emmitsburg, Md. in the near future. Kathy served as a Paramedic/Firefighter for 24 years for the Richfield Fire Department and has been employed at Akron General for 26 years, the last eight serving as the EMS Coordinator.


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Robert Brown, Senior Emergency Management Specialist

Robert is the Chemical, Biology, Radiological, Nuclear, & Explosive Senior Emergency Management Specialist for Detroit Homeland Security & Emergency Management. He is a degreed Chemist, who also holds degrees in Biology and Business. Former employers include Hercules Aerospace as a formulation chemist, in the propellants laboratory in Maryland; BASF in their daily production laboratory as a Chemical Analyst. Robert became a Certified Emergency Management Professional in 2010. He has conducted active shooter training for civilians and houses of worship, as well as facilitated Prevention and Response to Terrorist Bombings, and Incident Response to Terrorist Bombing Courses. Robert is the coordinator for the Adverse Weather Response Team. He has coordinated support for many special events for the City of Detroit; Detroit Free Press /Chemical Bank International Marathon, Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, Detroit River Days & Ford Fireworks, America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade sponsored by Art Van, S3 Turkey Trot, and the North American International Auto Show. He is an Adjunct Instructor for the Detroit Police Academy. He has been working for Detroit Homeland Security & Emergency Management for almost nine years.


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Larry Fisher

2015 Excellence in Training Honorees
Gold Level Authorized Trainers

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Dennis Terpin, Ph.D., O.H.S.T.

Dennis Terpin, Ph.D., O.H.S.T., has worked in the Occupational Safety, Health, Industrial Hygiene, Laboratory Safety, Fire, EMS, and Emergency Management and Response fields for over 46 years. Dr. Terpin is a Master Level instructor for FEMA/DHS at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, AL. He is a Certified Safety Manager, Certified Fire Officer, EMT-P, World Trade Center Responder, Hazardous Materials and Rescue Specialist. Dennis is also certified as an All Hazards Position Specific Incident Commander, Operations Section Chief, Safety and Liaison Officer Instructor. In addition, Dennis is a member of the University of Illinois at Chicago's (UIC) Incident Management Team and Deputy Commander of the University's Emergency Response Team. As the University's Certified All Hazards Safety Officer, he worked such events as President Obama's visit to UIC, Senate Bill10 in Illinois, The 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates Conference and the 2012 Chicago NATO Conference.

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Ronald Raab; James Madison University; Harrisonburg, VA

Ron Raab is a Professor in the College of Integrated Science and Technology at James Madison University where he teaches courses in biotechnology and awareness and understanding of WMDs. He serves as a regional HazMat responder, and educator for the City of Harrisonburg, and Rockingham County in Virginia. In addition, he is also a volunteer firefighter. He joined the JMU faculty in Fall 2001. He received a B.A. in biochemistry and molecular biology from University of California, Santa Barbara. He received an M.S. degree in organic chemistry and a Ph.D. in molecular biology and genetics from Texas A&M University. Prior to joining JMU, he spent 15 years in the biotech industry as a research scientist at IDEC Pharmaceuticals, and Affymax Research Institute. He has taught Molecular Biology and Genetics at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests are the cloning, expression, and purification of genes from pathogenic bacteria, and viruses for use as potential vaccines, therapeutics, and/or for diagnostic reagents for the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.

Silver Level Authorized Trainers

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Keith Fehr, MS, CHFM

Keith Fehr is the Corporate Emergency Management Director for Banner Health with program oversight responsibilities in seven states including acute and critical access hospitals, community health centers, ambulatory surgical centers, long-term care facilities, hospice, and home health. He has been in the healthcare sector for over 15 years with over 10 of those years focused on Emergency Management. He also holds a Master of Science in Leadership with an Emphasis in Disaster Preparedness/Executive Fire Leadership degree from Grand Canyon University.

Keith has been instructing the Hospital Emergency Response Training (HERT) and Standardized Awareness Authorized Training (SAAT) programs since 2011. Over the last few years, he led development of a HERT member retention plan which maps team members towards team leadership and ultimately the instructor corps. This plan included the local development of two higher level courses that focus on equipment use and set-up and team leadership to promote a self-sufficient, committed team. Keith shared this model with coalition partners while serving as the Chair of the Arizona Coalition for Healthcare Emergency Response - Central Region (AzCHER-Central) from 11/12 to 08/15 (having since transitioned to the Past Chair role) to drive community resiliency and capability.


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Anthony Egan, RN, MSN Manager; Security and Emergency Training; Northwell Health

Anthony 'Tony' Egan is a Manager for Security and Emergency Training at Northwell Health. The Health System places a large emphasis on Emergency Management and prides itself on being proactive in this field. Mr. Egan, along with the other members of the Emergency Management team, presents robust course offerings. They offer classes from the Center of Domestic Preparedness, Standardized Awareness, Hospital Emergency Response Training (one day) and, shortly, in conjunction with the CDP, we will be offering Framework for Healthcare Emergency Management and Hospital Emergency Response Training (three days). Other courses they offer are Non Violent Crisis Intervention, Critical Employee Emergency Planning, Radiation Awareness and Incident Command Classes.

Mr. Egan has been working in the healthcare industry since 1989. He started his career as an Emergency Medical Technician at Mary Immaculate Hospital in Jamaica, NY. He received his Associates Degree in Nursing and began working on a Medical Surgical Unit as a Registered Nurse at St John's Hospital in Rego Park, NY. Tony went on to further his education in Nursing and obtained a Bachelor's Degree and then a Master's Degree in Nursing Administration and Nursing Informatics from Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY. Mr. Egan also holds a Bachelor in Finance from Iona College, New Rochelle, NY. Tony has held many positions in the healthcare industry from Nurse Manger, Assistant Director of Nursing, and Program Director - Neurosurgical Program.

In 2002, Tony was appointed to the New York City Fire Department. He is presently assigned to Engine 274 in Flushing, NY. Engine 274 is a Hazardous Materials Technician Unit and is assigned to the Hazmat Battalion. He has received extensive training in HazMat and has been certified in Decon Engine Training, Hazmat Technician (120 Hours) course and numerous other classes in the fire service. He also teaches Haz-Mat at the FDNY Academy.

Mr. Egan has been published and has presented both nationally and internationally. He is hoping to develop a HazMat Awareness/Operations Level Course geared toward Health Care Employees. Along with Northwell Health, he is looking forward to bringing a level of excellence to Healthcare in the Emergency Management discipline.


Bronze Level Authorized Trainers
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Bill Brown

Bill Brown is currently the Southeast Regional Emergency Response Coordinator for the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services stationed in Fargo, North Dakota. Since 2010 Bill has worked with first responders, emergency managers and other governmental agencies regarding training, grant assistance and disaster assistance promoting the concept of regional response. Prior to working for NDDES Bill served 31 years achieving the rank of Captain with the Minot, ND Police Department. Bill has been a certified law enforcement instructor for 35 years teaching a wide variety of law enforcement courses both locally and at the state law enforcement academy. Bill has also been an adjunct professor for Minot State University teaching courses in criminal justice and homeland security for the past 15 years. Bill also honorably served for four years in the United States Air Force. Bill has over 5000 hours of law enforcement training with a strong emphasis on management and homeland security. A considerable portion of his homeland security training was provided by the CDP. Bill described his experiences at the CDP as one of the highlights in his career, finding the training relevant, realistic and encouraging students to learn more regarding emergency response.

2014 Excellence in Training Honorees
Gold Level Authorized Trainers

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Anthony Egan, RN, MSN Manager; Security and Emergency Training; North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System

Anthony 'Tony' Egan is a Manager for Security and Emergency Training at North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System. The Health System places a large emphasis on Emergency Management and prides itself on being proactive in this field. Mr. Egan, along with the other members of the Emergency Management team, presents robust course offerings. They offer classes from the Center of Domestic Preparedness, Standardized Awareness, Hospital Emergency Response Training (one day) and, shortly, in conjunction with the CDP, we will be offering Framework for Healthcare Emergency Management and Hospital Emergency Response Training (three days). Other courses they offer are Non Violent Crisis Intervention, Critical Employee Emergency Planning, Radiation Awareness and Incident Command Classes.

Mr. Egan has been working in the healthcare industry since 1989. He started his career as an Emergency Medical Technician at Mary Immaculate Hospital in Jamaica, NY. He received his Associates Degree in Nursing and began working on a Medical Surgical Unit as a Registered Nurse at St John's Hospital in Rego Park, NY. Tony went on to further his education in Nursing and obtained a Bachelor's Degree and then a Master's Degree in Nursing Administration and Nursing Informatics from Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY. Mr. Egan also holds a Bachelor in Finance from Iona College, New Rochelle, NY. Tony has held many positions in the healthcare industry from Nurse Manger, Assistant Director of Nursing, and Program Director - Neurosurgical Program.

In 2002, Tony was appointed to the New York City Fire Department. He is presently assigned to Engine 274 in Flushing, NY. Engine 274 is a Hazardous Materials Technician Unit and is assigned to the Hazmat Battalion. He has received extensive training in HazMat and has been certified in Decon Engine Training, Hazmat Technician (120 Hours) course and numerous other classes in the fire service. He also teaches Haz-Mat at the FDNY Academy.

Mr. Egan has been published and has presented both nationally and internationally. He is hoping to develop a HazMat Awareness/Operations Level Course geared toward Health Care Employees. Along with North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, he is looking forward to bringing a level of excellence to Healthcare in the Emergency Management discipline.


Image: Ronald Raab; James Madison University; Harrisonburg, VA

Ronald Raab; James Madison University; Harrisonburg, VA

Ron Raab is a Professor in the College of Integrated Science and Technology at James Madison University where he teaches courses in biotechnology and awareness and understanding of WMDs. He serves as a regional HazMat responder, and educator for the City of Harrisonburg, and Rockingham County in Virginia. In addition, he is also a volunteer firefighter. He joined the JMU faculty in Fall 2001. He received a B.A. in biochemistry and molecular biology from University of California, Santa Barbara. He received an M.S. degree in organic chemistry and a Ph.D. in molecular biology and genetics from Texas A&M University. Prior to joining JMU, he spent 15 years in the biotech industry as a research scientist at IDEC Pharmaceuticals, and Affymax Research Institute. He has taught Molecular Biology and Genetics at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests are the cloning, expression, and purification of genes from pathogenic bacteria, and viruses for use as potential vaccines, therapeutics, and/or for diagnostic reagents for the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.


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Stephen J. Scymcyk

Emergency Management Coordinator North Shore-LIJ Health Systems

  • Certified Health Safety Professional
  • Certified Health Emergency Professional

Center for Domestic Preparedness Training Partnership

Counterterrorism Operations Support (CTOS)

  • WMD Radiological/Nuclear Awareness Course Instructor

30 Years Law Enforcement Experience -

  • Retired from Nassau County Police Department Emergency Service Unit
  • Former Detective Specialist NYPD 17 years, 14 Years assigned to the
  • Emergency Service Unit, Instructor Specialized Training School
  • DEA Certified Clandestine Lab Officer
  • DEA Certified Clandestine Lab Safety Officer

33 Years Volunteer Firefighter North Merrick Fire Department

  • Chief of Department 1989-2001
  • 1979-2012 Firefighter/ NYS Emergency Medical Technician-Critical Care

North Merrick Fire District

  • Fire Commissioner 2006-2011
  • Nassau County Fire Academy
  • 2nd Deputy Chief 1998-Present

Published Author
Lectured both nationally and internationally

Silver Level Authorized Trainers

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Paul Carr; Disaster Preparedness Manager; Milpitas, CA

Paul Carr grew up Dublin, Ireland. He served 21 years in the US military. Throughout his career, he has served as a U.S. Army Airborne Ranger with numerous duty assignments including Special Operations Team Leader; West Point, USMA instructor; and a Drill Sergeant having trained over 1,000 soldiers for combat. His deployments include South America, Europe, Southwest Asia, North Africa and the present Global War on Terrorism. He retired from the US Army on July 31, 2007.

Mr. Carr's specialized training includes: Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and Hazardous Materials Technician courses (Department of Homeland Security); Hospital Emergency Response Team (H.E.R.T) Terrorism Liaison Officers course (CA Office of Emergency Services); Counterterrorism course (FBI); and Threat and Risk Assessment course (Texas A & M). He has trained over 5,000 security officers, hospital administration, and health care professionals in several states. He has provided technical support for "Urban Shield," the Law Enforcement Tactical Team competition (hosted by Alameda County Sheriff Oakland, CA) since its inception.

Mr. Carr is currently contracted as a Disaster Preparedness Manager for Kaiser Permanente. His duties include: WMD / HERT Trainer and Kaiser Permanente National Facilities Service Crisis Management Team Coordinator, and Terrorism Liaison Officer. He is currently employed by Securitas Security Services USA, Inc.


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Joseph F. Martino BS EMT-P, CHEP, CHSP

Joseph Martino is a coordinator in the Emergency Management Division at the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System (NSLIJHS). The North Shore LIJ Emergency Management Division constantly strives to be an industry leader in the disciplines of Protective Services and Crisis Management. Mr. Martino helps to lead these initiatives in education, research, and response to elevate the quality and efficiency of these services in the NSLIJHS by leveraging technology.

Daily responsibilities for Mr. Martino include but are not limited to maintaining regional situational awareness for the Health System and responding to and managing all Health System emergencies at any NSLIJHS facility. Additionally, he manages the E - Team and Risk Center emergency management programs, security reporting system, mass notification system and all disaster communications systems. He managed the Emergency Operations Center's technological and communications needs during Hurricanes Irene, Sandy and the Ebola Crisis. Additionally, he is an instructor of Incident Command, Hazardous Materials, and Weapons of Mass Destruction, Employee Preparedness, and Healthcare Emergency Preparedness through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Center for Domestic Preparedness.

Joseph brings 13 years of emergency response experience to the division of Emergency Management at North Shore and he holds a BS in Health Care Administration from State University of New York at Cortland, and is pursuing his Masters degree in Emergency Services Management. Mr. Martino currently holds the positions of Captain of the Rockville Centre Fire Department in Nassau County New York, and a Communications Specialist for National Disaster Medical Systems New York -5 Team. Prior to joining the Emergency Management Team at NSLIJHS Mr. Martino worked for the NSLIJ Center for Emergency Medical Services as a Paramedic and Command and Control Operator.

Bronze Level Authorized Trainers

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Keith Fehr, MS, CHFM

Keith Fehr is the Director of Emergency Management and Internal Fire Marshal for Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS). Keith has been with MIHS since 2000, where he has held several positions prior to taking over the Disaster Preparedness Department in 2009. Keith's background is diverse with experience in facilities, security, law enforcement, fire service/emergency medical system, and industrial emergency response teams. Additionally, he has been a Certified Healthcare Facility Manager (CHFM) since 2009. Keith's graduate degree from Grand Canyon University is a Master of Science in Leadership with an Emphasis in Disaster Preparedness/Executive Fire Leadership.

Keith became an Indirect Authorized Trainer in Hospital Emergency Response Training (HERT) and Standardized Awareness Authorized Training (SAAT) in 2010, starting his training program at MIHS in 2011. Since beginning the program, Keith has served as lead instructor for his organization which has held 38 HERT and 18 SAAT classes accounting for 624 trained individuals as of September 2014.

In addition to his MIHS role, Keith is currently serving his 3rd year as the Chair of the Arizona Coalition for Healthcare Emergency Response (AzCHER-Central). AzCHER-Central is the forum used by the healthcare community to share disaster response plans, conduct community exercises, and discuss day-to-day threats and hazards that exist for each of the members to help ensure a more resilient community. In 2014, Keith served as the AzCHER-Central Super Bowl Planning Task Group Leader for Super Bowl XLIX. This task group supported the larger Public Health and Medical Response Planning Group, focusing on the healthcare delivery aspects of planning. Working with coalition members, local public health partners, and the CDP, Keith helped coordinate participation in an Integrated Capstone Event (ICE) training at the CDP to further prepare and test planning efforts for Super Bowl XLIX.


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Wayne Bullard

Growing up in Homestead, Florida, Wayne Bullard decided to attend Tuskegee University in Alabama where he matriculated and received his Bachelor degrees in Political Science and Journalism. Relocating to California he began his career with Securitas Services and Kaiser Permanente within the Bay Area.

For the past two years, Bullard has adapted training programs and managed the security services and related operations provided to Kaiser Permanente East Bay. As a Training Manger he has been charged with implementing client service and problem resolution; service enhancement and expansion; new business development; supervision and training.

Over the course of his experience as a Training Manager he has received training and certifications from the Center of Domestic Preparedness; Fire College & Personnel Standard Commission; and Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center within courses such as: Hospital Emergency Response Training for Mass Casualty Incidents (HERT TtT), Instructor Training Course (ITC); Hazardous Materials for Technician Chemical Biological Radiological Nerve and Explosive Incidents (HARM); Emergency Responder Hazardous Materials Technician for Chemical Biological Radiological Nerve and Explosive Incidents (ERH); National Certified Hazardous Materials Technician; and Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings (IRTB TtT).

In his additional capacity as a Training Manager, he has planned, coordinated and delivered training in Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI); Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD); First Responder's Operations; Advanced Confrontation Management; Combat Training, Hospital Emergency Response Training (HERT), Respiratory protection and Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) within five different states. Throughout his experience, Bullard has conducted over thousands of hours in training and enjoys being able to train emergency responders, military personnel, security firms, law enforcement, firefighters, hospital staff, and healthcare leadership.


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Darcy K. Golliher

Mrs. Golliher's background experience consists of emergency preparedness planning at hospitals for 15 years and as a county emergency management coordinator for five years.

During this time, Mrs. Golliher has developed emergency operation plans for hospitals and the county; participated and developed exercises; trained regional responders; and is currently a member of the Incident Management Team as their Public Information Officer (PIO).

Mrs. Golliher teaches the Hospital Emergency Response Training (HERT), PIO training, and Incident Command System courses.

"Disasters may happen few and far between and we've all heard that "it will never happen here," however, when disaster strikes, those with current training will be more apt to respond quickly and effectively!"