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.

Greg Dicomitis has served as Training Officer for the Providence Fire Dept. since 2016. He has served the department in different capacities since 1990, having been assigned to rescue, engine and ladder companies.

Mark W. DiFronzo serves as Fire-EMS Chief for the Upton Fire and Emergency Medical Services Dept. in Upton, MA. He has been with the fire service since 1982, including 6 years as chief of the Southbridge, MA, Fire Dept. He serves on his local fire district training committee. He is also 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 Depts. 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 led 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, in which he remains active. 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.

Michael Hazel serves as Chief of the Tewksbury, MA Fire Dept., 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.

Robert V. Hughes Jr. is the Chief Instructor at the Nassau County Fire Service Academy in NY. He has dedicated 40 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.

David J. Juron is a Level 2 Pro Board-Certified Fire Investigator in Guilderland, New York.  He has been an active volunteer firefighter since 1974 and worked for National Grid, formerly Niagara Mohawk, for 35 years. He is a NYS-certified instructor of volunteer and paid fire departments, insurance professionals, and 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 Chairman of the NYSAFC’s Volunteer Chiefs Committee, Past President of the Fire Chiefs Council of Nassau County, and Past President of the Nassau County Firemen’s Association. Since 1970 he has been an active member, and a Past Chief, of the Hewlett Fire Department, Nassau County, New York.

Nicholas Lambert serves as Training Officer for the Oxford-Fire-EMS Department in Oxford, MA, and has been in the Fire Service since 2002. He is also the Coordinator for the District 7 Technical Rescue Program, and a Rescue Instructor for the Massachusetts Fire Academy.

James McLaughlin has been with the Warwick, RI, Fire Dept. 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 Dept. and the Training Officer for the Rhode Island Southern Firefighters League. He has been with the fire service since 1982, 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. since 1984, and has been a company officer since 1990. He also serves as president of the Massachusetts Institute of Fire Department Instructors.

Norm Seymour has been a member of the Massachusetts Fire Service since 1987 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 since 1992, and has been coordinator of the Flammable Gas Training Group since 2006. This group provides LNG, LPG and natural gas training to firefighters and industry personnel from around the world. Norm has been a member of the Massachusetts Hazardous Response Team since 1999. He is also a Safety/Training consultant for UGI Energy Services, General Electric, Omya Inc. and the University of Massachusetts.

Christopher R. Strong is the Chief of the North Syracuse, NY, Fire Dept. He was elected Chief of Fire in April of 2017. He has nearly 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 Dept. 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.