Steve Stearns
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  • Annapolis, MD
  • United States
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Type of Organization
Fire/Rescue Department - Volunteer
Job Function
Firefighter
Years in Fire/EMS:
23+
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Kentland VFD Co 33
Years With Department/Agency
13
Dept. Web Site:
http://www.kentland33.com
Web Site:
http://www.gvfd2.com
Other Past or Current Departments and Organizations
VOLUNTEER FIRE SERVICE (~23yrs)

* PGCO MD, Kentland Vol. FD Co 33 - (9/2012 Active Live-in) (~13yrs/1980s-1990s 6yr live-in) (~6K+ Calls) (Firefighter)
* PGCO MD, Bowie Vol. FD Co 43 - (8/2009 to 2012) (3yr live-in) (Lieutenant/Captain)
* QACO MD Grasonville Vol. FD Co 2 - (12/08 to present) (Active ~ 1yr/Inactive since 6/2010) (~166 Calls)
* PGCO MD, Laurel Vol. Rescue Squad Co 49 - (Active ~7+yrs/1970s-1980s) (~2K+ Calls) (Sergeant)
My Training:
FIRE-RESCUE-EMS Specific (2009-2012 - 657+ Classroom/Field hrs Completed)

* MFRI (Maryland Fire Rescue Institute - University of MD)

Fire Investigator
Fire Officer I & II
Fire Svc Instructor I
FD Safety Ofcr
EVOC
EMT/B w/CPR-AED
Rescue Technician (SOVMR, Trench, and Confined Space)
Hazmat Operations
NIMS Incident Command System for the Fire Svc
Managing Co. Tactical Opns - Decision Making
Conducting Safe Live Fire Evolutions (NFPA 1403)

* MFRI Prior Years:

Firefighter I, II, III – Pumps – Aerial Apparatus – Truck Co Ops – Special Fires – Fire Tactics – Rescue (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced) - Nat. Gas Leak Emergencies - Care & Maintenance of Scott Breathing Apparatus – EMT-A (EOA/MAST-18yrs) Expired - Emergency Care Skills


* Non-MFRI:

Blue Card Command - Basement Fire Operations (PGFD-2012) – PGFD Vol. FF School – Engine Co Ops (PGFD) – Aircraft Rescue (Federal) – Heavy Rescue (LVRS) – Hazardous Materials Level I (PGFD) – Radiation & Firefighting (Federal) – Hazardous Materials & Railroads (PGFD) - AED Ops (PGFD) - Driver Training (Federal, LVRS, & PGFD): Emergency Vehicle Driver/Engineer Operations (Engine/Squad-Rescue/Truck-Aerial & Tower/Brush/Flightline Crash/Ambulance) - Boating Safety (USCGPS)

HAZMAT (NON-FD):
Hazardous Materials Management - Hazardous Waste Operations & Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) – Confined Space Safety/Engineering – Infection Control - Bloodborne Pathogens (PGCO) – OSHA Hazard Communication Standard

FIRE INVESTIGATION-INSPECTION-PREVENTION-SAFETY:
Arson Investigation - Fire Prevention/Inspection - Electrical Fires - NFPA 101 (Life Safety Code) – NFPA 13 (Sprinkler Systems) - NFPA 72 (Alarm Systems) – NFPA 70 (National Electrical Code) – Laser Safety – Asbestos Awareness – Fire Protection Equipment Systems - ASSE Safety Management I & II – ASSE Corporate Safety – ASSE Risk Assessment & Hazard Analysis - SOP Development – Fire Safety for Federal Facilities

TERRORISM - WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION - DISASTER MGMT (NON-FIRE SERVICE):
DHS Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings - DHS Terrorist Tactics - DHS Prevention of and Response to Suicide Bombing Incidents - Terrorism Response (First Responder Training) - Terrorist Threat to Water Resources - Biological Terrorism – Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) Incident Readiness - Bomb Threat Management - Disaster Recovery - National Response Plan - National Emergency Communications Plan - Weapons of Mass Destruction - Operational Value of Threat, Risk, & Vulnerability Assessments - Mid-Atlantic States Communication Interoperability - Disaster Recovery Planning - Continuity of Operations Planning – Pandemic Influenza Preparedness

NATIONAL INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (NIMS) COMPLIANT COURSES
* ICS: 100.a, 100.LE, 200.a, 300, 400
* IS: 700.A, 800.B

FEMA-Federal Emergency Management Agency) / EMI-Emergency Management Institute
EMERGENCY SUPPORT FUNCTION (ESF) COURSES:
* IS-804 (ESF #4 - Firefighting)
* IS-805 (ESF #5 - Emergency Management)
* IS-809 (ESF #9 - Search & Rescue)
* IS-813 (ESF #13- Public Safety & Security)

OTHER FEMA-EMI COURSES:
* IS-775 - Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Management & Operations

CERTIFICATIONS

NBFSPQ - NATIONAL BOARD FOR FIRE SERVICE PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
AND
MFSPQB - MARYLAND FIRE SERVICE PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATION BOARD

CERTIFICATIONS:

* Fire Investigator (NFPA 1033)
* Firefighter I (NFPA 1001)
* Firefighter II (NFPA 1001)
* Firefighter III (NFPA 1001)
* Fire Officer I (NFPA 1021-2003)
* Fire Officer II (NFPA 1021-2003)
* Fire Service Instructor I (NFPA 1041-2007)
* Fire Apparatus Driver Operator-Pump (NFPA 1002-2009)
* Fire Apparatus Driver Operator-Aerial (NFPA 1002-2009)
* Fire Apparatus Driver Operator-Mobile Water Supply (NFPA 1002-2009)
* HAZMAT Awareness (NFPA 472-2002)
* HAZMAT Operations (NFPA 472-2002)
* Vehicle and Machinery Technical Rescuer I & II (NFPA 1006-2008)
* Trench Technical Rescuer I & II (NFPA 1006-2008)
* Confined Space Technical Rescuer I & II (NFPA 1006-2008)
* Hazardous Materials Incidents-Commander Level (NFPA 472-2008)
* Incident Safety Officer, Fire Suppression (NFPA 1521-2008)
* Incident Safety Officer-Technical Rescue (NFPA 1521-2008)
* Incident Safety Officer, EMS Operations (NFPA 1521-2008)
* Health and Safety Officer (NFPA 1521-2008)
About Me:
I have served in volunteer departments most of my adult life and enjoy the time spent. Since 1/2009, I completed approx. 673hrs of formal training through 18+ courses to gain new knowledge, refresh memory, and sharpen old skills. To date I have obtained 20 Nationally recognized fire training certifications. My goals are to apply the achievements to college accreditation, career enhancement, fire line office/command positions, and hopefully a rewarding position after retiring from Federal Service.

I also serve as a member of the Prince George’s County Maryland- Office of Homeland Security/ Emergency Management-Field Operations Team (also known by the PF Fire/EMS Dept. as the “CSU”- The CSU's primary function is to respond to working fires and other emergency incidents where residents are/may be displaced to assist them and incident commanders as requested (mostly with dwelling occupant accountability/finding immediate alternative short term housing, and helping victims retrieve vital belongings from the fire scene). The CSU also provides disaster support, shelter management, scene OHS representation/POC, as well as assists local law enforcement authorities and other government and private organizations, as needed and where requested with incident support (traffic mgmt, roadway debris/hazard abatement, utility management, scene lighting, accident reconstruction, non-natural deceased body removal and packaging assist for the state OCME, and various other tasks).
Day Job:
A 28+yr career Federal employee of a Federal Law Enforcement Bureau assigned to the Washington DC NHQ.
Relationship Status:
Divorced
Why I Joined Fire/EMS
Admired the people who did the job and helped others. Ever since I was very young in DC I thought I might enjoy doing it myself.
Why I Love Fire/EMS
It's a positive approach to life, helps those in need, and reaps numerous personal rewards.
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Getting to the scene quickly and safely before it is too late and returning home safely.

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