Joe Leonard Presents at the Midwest Hazmat Conference

Last weekend, hundreds of emergency responders headed to Illinois for the 28th Annual Midwest Hazardous Materials Response Conference. On Saturday, Commander (Ret.) Joe Leonard, one of CTEH’s senior consultants and conference faculty member, had the opportunity to lead two sessions. Both were focused on helping emergency responders and their communities prepare for, respond to and recover from threats.

Joe first partnered with Lieutenant Justin Royall of the Woodlands Fire Department in Texas for the “Bread and Butter Hazmat” session. During the two-part presentation, they walked participants through the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program, which can be used for exercises in prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery. They showed attendees how to take these “bread and butter” operations from discussion-based exercises to full-scale exercises.

Later on Saturday afternoon, Joe teamed up with Assistant Chief Bob Royall of the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Hazardous Materials Response Team in Texas for the “It’s All About Relationships” session. The presentation highlighted the importance of having established relationships with response partners so emergency responses are as seamless as possible. As Leonard told participants, “Collaboration, cooperation and coordination are the keys to success.”

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