National Grid First Responder Advisory Panel

 

 

These first responders lend their expertise to the development of National Grid’s natural gas and electrical safety e-learning programs.

Sherry Bemis has been the Chief of Oxford, MA Fire-EMS since September 2009. She is also a paramedic with 26 years in the profession of Fire/EMS. Since assuming the position of Chief, her priorities have been to focus her department on training and safety.

Robert V. Hughes Jr. is the Chief Instructor at the Nassau County Fire Service Academy in NY. He has dedicated 37 years to the fire service with the East Meadow, NY, Fire Dept., where he served as Chief of Department and has been an instructor for over 20 years. He manages a staff of 71 2nd Deputy Chief Instructors at the fire academy, training, on average, 10,000 volunteer firefighters a year. Chief Hughes is also a sitting member of the Nassau County Fire Commission.

Mark W. DiFronzo has spent 31 years with the fire service, the last 2 years as chief of the Southbridge, MA, Fire Dept. He serves on his local fire district training committee. He is a member of the Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts and the International Association of Fire Chiefs, a board director for the Central Massachusetts Emergency Medical Systems Corp and a member of the MA District 3 Hazmat Steering Committee.

Brian P. Duggan formerly commanded the Northampton and Northborough, MA, Fire Departments. He has held several key positions with the MA Dept. of Fire Services. Mr. Duggan is a graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program and Harvard University’s Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government. In 2012, Mr. Duggan received a Masters in Homeland Security through the Naval Postgraduate School based in Monterey, CA. He was designated a Chief Fire Officer by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. He leads the MA Dept. of Fire Services through his affiliation as chairman of the Fire Chiefs Association of MA Technology Committee and as a regional director on the MA State Fire Mobilization Committee. Mr. Duggan has authored several publications, including Section 7, Chapter 3, Fire Dept. Information Systems, in the 19th and 20th Editions of the National Fire Protection Association’s Fire Protection Handbook.

Christopher R. Strong, is the Chief of the North Syracuse, NY, Fire Department. He was elected Chief of Fire in April of 2017. He has nearly twenty-five (25) years experience in the fire service. He is a New York State Certified Codes Official & County Fire Instructor. Chris also works for Onondaga County Department of Emergency Communications, where he is a Shift Supervisor & Duty Commander. He has attained ENP (Emergency Number Professional), COM-L, and TERT Team Leader designations. Chris holds a BA in Public Administration/Communications from SUNY Oswego.

Michael Hazel serves as Chief of the Tewksbury, MA Fire Department, a suburban community with an LNG bulk storage facility and underground bulk transmission line. He is also an instructor at the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy working in the Flammable Gas Training Group and Fire Prevention Officer Program.

David J. Juron is the safety officer for the Westmere, NY, Fire Dept. and the operations safety officer for the town of Guilderland. He has been an active volunteer firefighter since 1974 and worked for National Grid, formerly Niagara Mohawk, for 35 years. Mr. Juron is a NYS certified instructor of volunteer and paid fire departments, insurance professionals, building code officials as well as fire investigators in carbon monoxide and natural gas and electric emergencies. He teaches seminars statewide.

Otto R. Kohlmier, Jr. is past president of the Fire Chief’s Council of Nassau County and the Nassau County Firemen’s Association, New York. He is a 46-year member and past chief of the Hewlett Fire Department on Long Island.

James McLaughlin has been with the Warwick, RI, Fire Department for 25 years. He currently serves as Assistant Chief of the Department. He has a BS in Fire Science and an MA in Disaster and Emergency Management, as well as a Chief Fire Officer designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence.

Robert Peacock is the Chief of the Watch Hill Fire Department and the Training Officer for the Rhode Island Southern Firefighters League. He is a 32-year veteran of the fire service and serves as an instructor with the Rhode Island State Fire Academy as well as a member of the State of Rhode Island Fire Education and Training Coordinating Board.

Mark Roche is captain of and has been a member of the Newton, MA, Fire Dept. for 30 years, and has been a company officer for 24 of those years. He also serves as president of the Massachusetts Institute of Fire Department Instructors.

Norm Seymour has been a member of the Massachusetts Fire Service for 27 years and currently works in a community with a large LNG peak-shaving facility supplied by two large transmission lines. Norm has also been an instructor at the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy for 22 years, and since 2006 has been coordinator of the Flammable Gas Training Group. This group provides LNG, LPG and natural gas training to firefighters and industry personnel from around the world.

 

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