First Due Response to Rail Emergencies
Friday, June 16, 2023
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM
South Carolina has its fair share of railroads – and, in turn, its fair share of railroad accidents that first responders need to prepare for. At Fire-Rescue 2023, Jeff Simpson will provide guidelines for responding to railroad emergencies in his First Due Response to Rail Emergencies presentation. The interactive lecture will provide a proactive approach for developing a prepared plan to manage complex freight and passenger railroad emergencies.
Jeff Simpson is a 38-year veteran of the fire and EMS service is a past chief of Salisbury (MD) Fire Department. He holds progressive degrees in engineering, management and public administration and is certified as a Virginia state adjunct instructor, FEMA level safety and command officer and is the former training chairman of the Central Virginia Type 3 All Hazards Incident Management Team. He currently sits on the American Military University Industry Advisory Council and advises on their Emergency Management, Fire Services and Disaster Preparedness curriculums. Simpson lectures nationally including for the IAFC on handling emergencies involving firefighter survival, industrial emergencies, and has taught FDIC and Firehouse Expo HOT and conference sessions on the same topics. Simpson has written many articles for Fire Engineering and FireRescue magazines and is a 2006 Governor’s Award Finalist for Excellence in the Virginia Fire Service.