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Public & Private sector emergency management with emphasis on planning, preparedness, training & response. Retired Asst. Fire Chief, L.A.
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He has an extensive background in emergency planning, preparedness, management and training in all levels of government and the private sector. He has been involved in many research projects and developed many nationally and internationally recognized programs such as the Community Emergency Response Team Program (CERT); Urban Search and Rescue (US&R); and the Incident Command System (ICS). This research has been done as a team leader to investigate disasters such as the Mandeville Fire, the Mexico City earthquake, the Loma Prieta earthquake, the Los Angeles Riots, the ’93 Southern California Firestorm, the Northridge earthquake, and the Kobe earthquake. Many improvements have been made as a result of this research in community and government preparedness and response.
He lectures in the United States and around the world on disaster preparedness and response, teaches for the State of California, and the National Fire Academy, continues research into various areas of disaster preparedness and response, and consults with the government and the private sector. Through his fire department and consulting work, he has been involved in numerous projects involving assessments of personnel, procedures, functions, and agencies. He has also participated in risk analysis and studies of preparedness and response capabilities. In the field of counter-terrorism, he has experience in threat and vulnerability assessments, developing response plans and exercises, and instructs classes in the management of terrorist incidents. He was involved in response planning for fire, rescue and EMS for the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics. He was recently involved with the Park City, Utah Fire department in planning and training for response and contingency operations with special considerations for terrorist attack that involved local, state, and federal agencies. For the duration of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games he was the Operations Section Chief of the Incident Management Team for the Park City Utah Fire Department.
Frank is an active member in the following organizations: the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Vice President of the National Institute of Urban Search and Rescue, the International Association of Emergency Managers, the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, the National Association of Urban Search and Rescue, the Business and Industry Council for Emergency Planning and Preparedness, the Association of Contingency Planners and the Director of Operations of the Los Angeles City Fire Department Historical Society. . Prior to becoming a firefighter, Frank was a Los Angeles City Lifeguard and is a current member of the LA County Lifeguard Association. He has completed numerous professional courses, including the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program.
Frank holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Relations and Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco and has a State of California lifetime teaching credential. He is also a CSTI-certified SEMS/ICS instructor. He has had more than thirty papers and articles published and received many commendations and awards for his work.