Timothy P. Butters is serving as the coordinator for Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and Complex Coordinated Attack (CCA) for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM). This building WMD/CCA in the Northern Virginia/National Capital Region (NOVA/NCR), working with federal, state and local agencies, private sector organizations to assure response readiness and resilience. He is also providing his expertise to VDEM related to the use and operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) by public safety, emergency management and transportation agencies in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Mr. Butters recently served as a senior executive with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in Washington D.C., serving as a senior adviser to the Associate Administrator for Airports, from June 2015 to January 2017. During his tenure with FAA, he provided policy and public safety/emergency response expertise to the FAA in several major programs including Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration (UAS), Commercial Space Transportation (AST), including improving the emergency response plan requirements for air shows and other aviation events. He received several awards and recognitions while with FAA. As a political appointee with USDOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), Mr. Butters served as the deputy administrator from 2010-2014, and acting administrator in 2015. PHMSA is the lead federal regulatory agency overseeing the safety of the nation’s 2.6 million miles of hazardous gas and liquid pipelines; and the safe transportation of hazardous materials by rail, highway, marine, and air, both domestically and internationally. During his tenure at PHMSA, Mr. Butters was engaged in several high profile efforts including the radioactive contamination transportation issues associated with Fukashima disaster, Super Storm Sandy response and recovery, safe transportation of medical waste during Ebola incident, neutralized chemical weapons material from Syria, lithium batteries, West Texas Ammonium Nitrate explosion, and most recently the safety issues involving the transportation of Bakken crude oil by rail and pipeline. He was the recipient of several individual and team awards during his tenure with PHMSA. Previous executive positions also include assistant fire chief of operations/ acting fire Chief for the City of Fairfax (Virginia) Fire Department; managing director of the Chemical Transportation Emergency Center (CHEMTREC); director of government affairs for the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC); and program manager with United States Fire Administration (USFA)/ Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Chief Butters has over 35 years of operational service as certified firefighter/EMT and command officer, including 15 years of serving in several senior chief fire officer positions. He served as the chairman of the Hazardous Materials Committee for the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), and participated on several NFPA Technical Committees. As as a member of the National Capitol Region Incident Management team (NCR IMT), has deployed to several disaster sites to support local emergency management operations, including Hurricane’s Katrina (MS) and Ike (TX). Mr. Butters holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Economics from James Madison University.
Bill Hand, MBA is a forty three year veteran of the Fire Service and is currently a contract Training Officer with the Harris County Texas Hazardous Materials Response Team in Houston Texas. Prior to his employment with Harris County, he spent 31 years with the Houston Fire Department, retiring in September 2005. He was a charter member of the Houston Fire Department Hazardous Materials Response Team with over twenty six years of service. During his service with the Houston Fire Department and Harris County HMRT he has responded to over 7500 hazardous materials incidents involving hundreds of different types of chemicals and containers. He has delivered thousands of hours of emergency response training to private, public and government sector emergency responders and executive personnel and is a frequent speaker at conferences around the country. Bill has received numerous awards in his field to include: the “Level A Award” and “John Eversole Lifetime Achievement Award” from the International Association of Fire Chief’s International Hazmat Teams Conference, the “In the Zone Award” from the Hot Zone Conference, the “Red Adair Lifetime Achievement Award” from Industrial Fire World Conference, the “2006 Life Time Service Award” from the International Association of Hazardous Materials Technicians and was honored by a Proclamation from Mayor Bill White of the City of Houston, declaring March 16, 2006 “Bill Hand Day” in the City of Houston for lifetime achievement and service to the city as a founding member of the Houston Fire Department Hazardous Materials Response Team. Captain Hand has authored several articles and books on Hazmat Containers and Case Studies in fire service journals. As a Master Instructor he has also worked with the International Association of Fire Fighters for over twenty seven years in the development, writing and review of Hazardous Materials and Weapons of Mass Destruction training programs. He has served as a subject matter expert for several Department of Homeland Security training programs. Captain Hand was a principal in his own company for many years. His clients include Shell Oil Company, Phillips Petroleum, TEPPCO Pipeline Company, United Space Alliance, NASA Johnson Space Center, Albemarle Corporation, Kirby Inland Marine, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Dow Chemical, Lubrizol Corporation, Clean Channel Association, Emergency Film Group, Lyondell Petrochemical Corporation, Valero Petroleum Company, and Houston Marine Services. Numerous institutions of higher learning such as Lamar University, Texas A&M University, Houston Community College and the University of Houston have also been among his clients. During his spare time, Bill enjoys boating and saltwater fishing. He holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100 Ton Masters License for Coastal Offshore Waters.
Mr. Gregory G. Noll has forty-five years experience in emergency preparedness, response and occupational safety and health. During his career, he has served as the Hazardous Materials Coordinator for the Prince George’s County (Maryland) Fire Department, as Fire and Safety Associate with the American Petroleum Institute in Washington, D.C., as a faculty member for the Iowa State University - Fire Service Institute, and as a career firefighter with the Reading, PA Fire Department. Mr. Noll is presently the Program Manager for the South Central Task Force, an eight-county regional Pennsylvania task force covering a population of 2 million and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Homeland Security Task Force. In addition, Mr. Noll is a senior partner with Hildebrand and Noll Associates, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in operations security, incident and crisis management and hazardous materials emergency response, management and training issues. A Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) and an experienced educator, Mr. Noll has served as a college instructor and as an adjunct faculty member for the National Fire Academy and the FBI HazMat Response Unit. He has served as a panelist on several national teleconferences in the hazardous materials and emergency management field, as well as an on-camera narrator for over 30 hazmat training videos, and has testified at both OSHA and NTSB public hearings on hazardous materials and emergency response issues. In 2010, Greg and Mike Hildebrand were the recipients of the California Continuing Challenge William Patterson Lifetime Achievement Award for their "lifetime" of commitment and sacrifice in creating and promoting innovations and achievements in the hazardous materials response and training community. In 2011, 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 is a retired SMSgt with the U.S. Air Force – Fire and Emergency Services, retiring after twenty-nine years of service. In this capacity, he served as a subject matter expert for various DOD hazardous materials and counter-terrorism response training programs. Mr. Noll also retired as the senior Hazmat Manager for PA Task Force-1, one of the 28 federal urban search and rescue teams, and responded to both the World Trade Center attack and the Hurricane Katrina disaster. He is the co-author of nine hazardous materials textbooks, including Hazardous Materials: Managing the Incident (4th edition), and has published over fifty journal articles on fire service and hazardous materials related subjects. Mr. Noll serves on a number of national committees, including as chairperson for the NFPA Technical Committee on Hazardous Materials / WMD Emergency Response (NFPA 472), as a member of the IAFC Hazardous Materials Committee, as Past State and Local Co-Chair for the InterAgency Board (IAB) for Equipment Standardization and Interoperability – Training and Exercise Subgroup, and the Editorial Advisory Board for both Fire Engineering magazine and the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC). Mr. Noll has an M.P.A., Public Administration, Iowa State University; B.S., Business Administration, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania; A.A., Fire Science, Prince George’s College, Largo, Maryland.
Richard Stilp RN, MA, FPEM, recently (April 2018) completed his fire service career as the Fire Chief of St Cloud Fire Rescue in Central Florida. He began his career in the fire service in 1976 on Orlando Fire Department where he rose in rank to District Chief. Chief Stilp’s responsibilities included managing the Hazardous Materials and Dive Teams. Over a period of 10 years during his tenure on Orlando FD he worked part time as an Emergency Department Registered Nurse at several hospitals in Orlando and Winter Haven, Florida. After retirement from Orlando Fire Department, Richard became the Corporate Director for Safety and Security for Orlando Regional Healthcare, a group of seven hospitals, located in four counties, and employing more than 13,000 employees. In 2005 Richard returned to the fire service when he took over as the Executive Director of the Central Florida Fire Academy (CFFA). The CFFA was one of the largest Fire Academies in the state offering a full complement of Florida US&R courses, Fire Officer, Fire Inspector, EMT, and Fire Standards training. After retiring from the CFFA, Richard became the Regional Hazardous Materials Coordinator for UASI Region V. As the Regional Coordinator, he assists 6 regional hazardous materials teams with equipment purchases and training. As an author, Richard has co-authored a number of books with Armando Bevelacqua including “Emergency Medical Response to Hazardous Materials Incidents”, “Terrorism Handbook for Operational Responders”, “The Hazardous Materials Field Guide”, and the “Citizens Guide to Terrorism Preparedness”. He has also contributed a number of articles to professional fire and nursing publications. Richard holds an Associate in Arts, and Associates in Science in Nursing, a Bachelors of Arts in Business, and a Masters of Arts in Management. He is certified as a Florida Professional Emergency Manager (FPEM) through the Florida Emergency Preparedness Association (FEPA) and he holds a Fire Instructor III certification, and is a Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) through FEMA. He enjoys teaching through his consulting company; Emergency Management Systems, Inc. and instructing at National Conferences like the International HazMat Teams Conference in Baltimore, Hotzone in Houston, and the Florida HazMat Symposium where he serves as a member of the Board of Directors and on the Executive Committee.
Raymond Meyer brings over 35 years of Emergency Management experience to EM-Solutions and the private sector response community. He is an experienced Incident Commander serving as IC for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Incident in the Gulf of Mexico, and numerous other incidents involving the Oil and Gas and Energy Transportation Company’s incidents. He is an Emergency Manager who has responded across the United Stated, Canada and the Caribbean responding to natural disasters, oil spills, hazardous materials releases, fires, community sheltering events, national security planning, and pandemic planning/responses. Ray contributes specific experience in crisis management planning and training, oil spill, environmental and natural disaster response. Ray also brings expertise in people leadership, personnel training, public relations, procurement safety and regulatory compliance. His strength is organizational development during actual crisis events Mr. Meyer’s Emergency Management career began in the U. S. Coast Guard where he retired as a Captain. He has held Senior Positions within multiple Emergency Management companies where he developed business strategies and objectives that increase the overall value for his clients. He is an active member of the International Association of Emergency Managers and past member of ASTM F-20 Standards Committee for the development of Oil Spill Standard for oil spill response equipment and responder training. He has a dual Bachelor Degrees from the University of Missouri, Columbia and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Houston.
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