Captain Gregory Socks is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Emergency Management Solutions, Inc. His career spans over 45 years of emergency response, planning, and training in the fire and hazardous materials disciplines. His career started as a firefighter in 1977 with the Montgomery County, Maryland Fire and Rescue Services in the National Capital Region of Suburban Maryland. At the ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain. His assignments included Hazardous Materials Training Coordinator, Station Commander, Hazardous Materials Officer, Shift Commander, and Assistant Team Leader for Hazardous Materials Operational Responsibilities. In 1986, Greg was appointed as the first Team Coordinator of the Washington County, Maryland Hazardous Materials Response Team. He served as Team Coordinator for over 10 years while building a nationally recognized organization. Greg’s certifications include Firefighter III, Fire Instructor III, Hazardous Materials Instructor, Fire Officer Development, and Hazardous Materials Team Specialist. Greg also obtained NPQ certification as an Instructor III, Hazardous Materials Awareness, Operations, Technician, and Marine Firefighter I and II. He holds an associate degree in Fire Science Technology. Greg was a lead hazardous materials instructor at Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute and Montgomery County, Maryland 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 prestigious International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Hazardous Materials Response Teams’ Conference (“Level A” Instructor Award) and 2016 Hot Zone Conference (“In the Zone” Instructor Award). In 2019, Greg received the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Hazardous Materials Response Teams Conference ("John Eversole Lifetime Achievement Award"). 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 the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the US Army, and Department of Defense. Greg was actively involved in a wide array of projects including service as an Assistant Project Manager for the Harris County (Texas) Multi-Agency Gap Analysis.
Commander Joe Leonard is the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Emergency Management Solutions. He is a nationally recognized emergency responder, incident manager, and trainer with over forty years of United States Coast Guard, United States Army, volunteer municipal fire service, and private-sector experience responding to natural disasters, oil spills, hazardous materials releases, marine fires, mass rescue operations, mass care and shelter events, national special security events, and maritime homeland security events. Commander Leonard served as the Project Manager for the Harris County (Texas) Multi-Agency Gap Analysis. He Chairs the Greater Harris County Local Emergency Planning Committee and is an active member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary where is serves as a Division Commander, District Staff Officer-Emergency Management, and Flotilla Staff Officer-Public Education. He serves on the Planning Committee for the Hot Zone Hazardous Materials Conference; on the Preparedness Leadership Council and Journal Editorial Board; and is past the Chairman of the Public-Private Partnership Committee of the International Association of Emergency Managers. He is an active member of several professional organizations, including the International Association of Emergency Managers, National Emergency Management Association, Emergency Management Associations of Texas and Tennessee, ASIS, the National Fire Protection Association, the Global Society for Homeland and National Security Professionals, and the Historical Miniatures Gaming Society. He is a life member of the United States Naval Institute, the Navy League of the United States, the All-Hazards Incident Management Teams’ Association, and the National Rifle Association. Commander Leonard’s military awards include two Coast Guard Auxiliary Meritorious Service Medals, four Meritorious Service Medals, eight Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the Army Commendation Medal, the Department of Transportation 9-11 Medal, seven Coast Guard Achievement Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, six Coast Guard Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbons, and numerous unit awards. He is authorized to wear the Coast Guard Marine Safety Professional Pin, Coast Guard Aviator Wings, the Army Parachutist Badge, and the Army Air Assault Badge. He was awarded the Marshall Kraemer Distinguished Service Medal and Humanitarian Service Medal by the Harris County Fire Marshal in 2012. Commander Leonard received the Hot Zone Hazardous Materials Conference’s “Benny Howard Diamond Award” in 2015. He was recognized with the prestigious U.S. Navy League’s Captain David H. Jarvis Award for Inspirational Leadership and was named a Fox News “Power Player of the Week” on 11 September 2005 for his services as the FEMA-designated Area Commander-Houston Area Mega-Shelter Operations following landfall of Hurricane Katrina. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in History from the Virginia Military Institute and a Master’s Degree in Engineering Technology from Murray State University. He is certified through the US Coast Guard as a Type-2 Incident Commander, Type-1 Planning Section Chief, Type-2 Operations Section Chief, and Type-3 Liaison Officer. He holds certifications as a Master Exercise Practitioner (FEMA), Master Continuity Professional (FEMA), Certified Emergency Manager International Association of Emergency Managers), Certified Homeland Protection Professional (National Sheriffs’ Association, and Certified Port Executive (McDonnel Group).
Chief Robert Bradley is the Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Emergency Management Solutions. He has worked in the fields of Fire Fighting, Administration and Hazardous Materials Emergency Response since 1976. He had worked up through the ranks from Fire Fighter, Lieutenant, Captain, Interim Chief and Deputy Chief, and retired as a Battalion Chief for the Middletown Fire Department (Connecticut) in December 2008. He served as the Commander of the MFD Dive Rescue Team, Marine Unit and HazMat Response Teams. He also served as the Middletown Fire Department's Emergency Operations Center representative. His certifications include: Incident Safety Officer, Confined Space, Technical Rescue, NIMS ICS, Hazmat Technician, Fire Officer I and II, CAMEO, CoBRA, Fire Service Instructor I and II. Chief Bradley served as Safety Officer for Connecticut's participation in the TOPOFF 3 exercises. He is a past Chairman of Middletown’s LEPC Emergency Planning and Response Subcommittee. He has conducted hazard analysis activities and developed Regional Emergency Planning databases. He is a former Chief Instructor of Hazardous Materials and CAMEO for the Connecticut Fire Academy. He is a nationally certified Fire Service Instructor and a NOAA/EPA certified instructor for CAMEO™ and ALOHA™ and has conducted training across the United States and US Territories. Chief Bradley is a Senior Instructor for the National Center for Biomedical Research and Training with Louisiana State University providing expertise in CAMEO and Emergency Response Training. He also served as an Adjunct Instructor for Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, providing expertise in Critical Infrastructure Protection and Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment. He provides emergency response and emergency management training and consulting in areas such as HazMat and firefighting services to responders in government and industry. In 2017, Chief Bradley received the coveted Hot Zone Hazardous Materials Conference “In the Zone” Award. Chief Bradley was involved in a wide array of projects including service as the Deputy Project Manager for the Harris County (Texas) Multi-Agency Gap Analysis. He is an active member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. Chief Bradley has an AS Degree in Fire Technology and Administration from Hartford State Technical College in 1985. He is finishing his BS Degree in Public Safety Administration at Charter Oak University.
Captain Jason Waterfield is the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Emergency Management Solutions. He has over 32 years in the career and volunteer fire service. He retired as Fire Chief of the Island’s Fire & Rescue Department in January 2015. He is completing a second career with Savannah Fire & Emergency Services (Georgia) as a hazardous materials Captain and is currently reassigned to the West Battalion as the interim Battalion Chief. Captain Waterfield has NPQ Awareness, Operations, Technician, HazMat Command, and Hazardous Materials Instructor-II. He has taken advanced courses specializing in weapons of mass destruction from the National Defense Preparedness Consortium. He is working on completing a bachelor’s degree in Fire Administration. He is an alumnus from the National & State Fire Academies and is affiliated with the Association of Fire Chiefs in Chatham County, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs, the Georgia State Firefighters Association, the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs, the National Fire Academy Alumni Association, and Project Lifesaver International. He has served key response and command roles during the Powell-Duffyn tank farm explosion in April 1995, the Atlanta Olympic Detail in July 1996, the G-8 Meeting in June 2004, and the port fire and ire clean-up involving virgin rubber in February 2014. As a Principal Consultant with the PENTA Consortium, Jason has been involved in a wide array of projects including service as an Assistant Project Manager for the Harris County (Texas) Multi-Agency Gap Analysis. Captain Waterfield also serves as a Lieutenant with the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office Training Division. In this role, he oversees hazardous materials training and on-scene command and interoperability training for law enforcement personnel.
Mr. Hildebrand is the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Emergency Management Solutions. He is an experienced safety manager with a demonstrated 44-year history of providing consulting services in the fields of hazardous materials emergency planning, emergency management, crisis management, operations security, and emergency services for industry and public safety. During his career Mr. Hildebrand served as the President of Hildebrand and Noll Associates, Inc., Mount Dora, Florida (30 years), as the Chief Technical Officer for Hazardous Materials Training, and Information Services, Columbia, Maryland, as the Director of Safety and Fire Protection for the American Petroleum Institute, as a Research Assistant with the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and as a Hazardous Materials Technician with the National Transportation Safety Board in Washington, D.C. Mr. Hildebrand served four years as an active duty firefighter and medic with the U.S. Air Force (1972-1976). He was an active volunteer firefighter for twenty years. From 1980 to 1990 he served as a member of the Prince George’s County (Maryland) Hazardous Materials Response Team where he held the position of Shift Officer for five years. Mr. Hildebrand is the co-author of six textbooks currently in print including Hazardous Materials: Managing the Incident - 4th edition, now in its 31st year of continuous publication, Pipeline Emergencies – 3rd edition, Propane Emergencies – 3rd edition, Gasoline Tank Truck Emergencies – 4th edition, Intermodal Container Emergencies – 2nd edition, and Above Ground Bulk Storage Tank Emergencies, 2nd edition. Mr. Hildebrand served 22 years as a member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Technical Committee on the Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents (NFPA 472). He is a former member of the NFPA Flammable and Combustible Liquids Committee (NFPA-30), and was a member of the NFPA Standards Council. Mr. Hildebrand is a Certified Safety Professional with the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, a Certified Fire Protection Specialist with the Fire Protection Specialist Certification Board, and a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager by the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management. Mr. Hildebrand currently volunteers his time as the President of Yvorra Leadership Development Foundation (YLD), which he co-founded in 1988. YLD is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that provides financial support to develop America’s future emergency response leaders through scholarships and special projects. www.yld.org. He is a member of the Board of Trustees with the National Fire Heritage Center. Mike Hildebrand was involved in a wide array of projects including service as a Senior Project Officer for the Harris County (Texas) Multi-Agency Gap Analysis. He holds a B.S., in Fire Safety Analysis and Investigation, from the University of Maryland at College Park, and has an A.A. in Fire Science from Montgomery College, Rockville, Maryland. He is the recipient of the prestigious International Association of Fire Chiefs – Chief John M. Eversole Lifetime Achievement Award for “Providing leadership and contributions to further and enhance the hazardous materials emergency response profession.”
Linda attended college in Connecticut and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication in 1993 graduating magna cum laude, and was the recipient of the University of New Haven Communication award. A successful realtor with Long and Foster, she obtained the Chairman and President Club Award in 2003 for sales over $5.6 million in her first year. In addition to real estate, Linda worked as a professional business woman in various venues in Sales, Advertising, and Marketing and was administrator for over 30 plus years. Her positions included Account Manager for Microwarehouse Catalog; Advertising and Promotions Manager for NEATO LLC; Director of Catering for the Holiday Inn; Assistant Staff Writer for the Sales Department at Bayer Pharmaceutical; Membership & Marketing Director for the Graduate Club; the Executive MBA Coordinator for the University of New Haven; and Town Manager for the Town of Denton, Maryland. She was co-owner of Firehouse Coffee in 2007, and currently holds her Georgia Real Estate License. Linda recently resigned as General Manager of Anytime Fitness (3 gyms) to retire and work part-time as the Business Administrator for Emergency Management Solutions. Her lifelong passion has been teaching health and wellness as an ACE (American Council of Exercise) certified personal trainer. She still teaches Senior Toning Classes and trains women. Linda established the Pirelli Armstrong Aerobic Program in Connecticut (30 years ago) and has been a part-time fitness instructor and trainer most of her life. In her retired spare time, Linda enjoys: fundraising for non-profit organizations with Salsa Dancing, working out five days a week, reading, playing piano (13 years classically trained), word games, and relaxing. In 2019, Linda placed 1st runner up in the Ms. Senior America Pageant. She is currently a dancer on the Savannah Bananas dance team.
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