Public safety has been my passion since my youth. I have been involved in both private and public sector law enforcement, security and fire service with the opportunities to work with a myriad of professionals including architects and engineers, physicians and nurses, police officers and attorneys. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree as well as training and certifications in criminal investigations, evidence collection and processing, interview and interrogation, and crime scene photography. I have a Missouri Private Investigator’s License (PFI) and am both a Certified Fire Investigator by the International Association of Arson Investigators and a Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator by the National Association of Fire Investigators. I have done background investigations, served civil process, conducted recorded interviews, and worked civil, misdemeanor and felony cases regarding fires, explosions, theft, robbery, assault and arson.
Serving as a municipal Director of Emergency Management in the mid 1980’s I was part of the transition from the cold-war era Civil Defense to a more all-hazards management program spearheaded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This is when I realized that all emergencies and disasters have similar issues and therefore can be mitigated in a similar fashion. Soon after I began teaching the Incident Command System (ICS) to local first responders. The ICS was the predecessor to NIMS, a management concept which has permeated not only our emergency response community, but our business community as well.
My many years as a firefighter brought me through the positions of firefighter, paramedic, captain, battalion chief, and deputy chief. I have worked and managed scenes of death and destruction from violence, accident, and fire. These experiences have honed both my business and incident management skills. As Fire Marshal, certified as a Fire Protection Specialist, I have resolved many problems and concerns for architects and building owners while ensuring code compliance and improving life safety. I have worked actively in the legislative and code change process to improve the fire and building code. This knowledge helps to give me background and experience in recommending effective, low-cost code compliant solutions.
During my 36 years in the fire department, I have instructed police, fire and EMS professionals as well as business employees and management regarding fire safety, first aid and CPR. I was able to work with a task force of community professionals from the state, county, city and school district organizations in regards to hotels and motels. These businesses were plagued with crime and were often repeat violators of codes and ordinances. Bringing these officials together brought a resolution to many of these ongoing issues.