Dave is the Operations Coordinator for the DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, just west of Chicago Illinois. As the Operations Coordinator Dave provides training, coordination and support for/at large scale incidents, disasters and special events. Dave has been the incident commander for numerous large scale special events including the 2012 International Ryder Cup. Dave has experienced the privilege to hold the position of Emergency Operations Center Manager for three presidentially declared disasters and provided Emergency Operations Center training for over 500 Elected Officials and Public Safety Chiefs. With 32 years in the fire service and 8 with DuPage County, he was also a member of the Illinois Terrorism Task Force #1, Urban Search and Rescue Team. Dave has responded to multiple presidentially and state declared disasters, including tornado strikes, floods, hazardous materials incidents and levee breaks, to name a few. Dave earned a Bachelors Degree in Emergency Management from Waldorf College, and his Masters in Public Safety and Homeland Security from Southern Illinois University.