Russell Pridgen

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SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

 

Mr. Pridgen is a high-caliber Emergency Manager with exceptional leadership and communication skills. He has a proven track record of success in emergency preparedness program development with exceptional knowledge of emergency management, continuity planning, and training initiatives. Proactive problem solver, skilled at applying value added metrics to real world problems. He is an independent thinker with outstanding interpersonal skills having extensive experience working with diverse groups. During his service in Law-Enforcement he held the top level position of Elected Sheriff. After his administration he was an instructor for the first responder and first receivers all across the United States for eight years. Now he is an Instructor for Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX).

 

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

 

METRO VO TECHNICAL

Little Rock, AR

AutoMechanics

MCCLELLAN HIGH SCHOOL

Little Rock, AR

High School

CRIMINAL JUSTICE INSTITUTE

LITTLE ROCK, AR

LAW-ENFORCEMENT AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE (EMI)

Emmetsburg, MD

Currently Enrolled

Certified Instructor for Department of Homeland Security Certified Arkansas Emergency Manager

Personal Protective Equipment Instruction and Suit Time- Level A, Level B, Level C Certified Bauer Compressor Service and Repair Technician

Hazardous Material Technician Caterpillar Weld School SCUBADiver

LicensedPilot

Computer Skills: Word, Excel, Outlook, Vista, Windows 7, Office 2007

Auto Mechanics: Installing Electrical Circuits, Painting, overhaul, repair or alterations

PROFESSIONAL WORK HISTORY

TEXAS A&M ENGINEERING EXTENSION SERVICE (TEEX)

COLLEGE STATION, TX 

11/2014- PRESENT

INSTRUCTION CLASSES CONDUCTED ON THE NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS SYSTEM AND EMERGENCY OPERATION FOR CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE.

  • PROVIDE TRAINING ON DISASTER PREPAREDNESS FOR HOSPITALS AND HEALTHCARE.
  • PERFORMED VARIOUS TRAINING TASKS TO ASSURE TRAINEES ARE ACHIEVING ADEQUATE LEVELS OF TRAINING.
  • PROVIDE TRAINING FOR PUBLIC SERVICE ON DISASTER MANAGEMENT.
  • DISASTER MANAGEMENT TRAINING CONDUCTED FOR WATER/WASTEWATER FACILITIES.
  • DISASTER MANAGEMENT TRAINING CONDUCTED FOR ELECTRIC SYSTEMS.
  • INSTRUCTION GIVEN ON EMERGENCY OPERATION PLANNING.

ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT (ADEM)

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR (CAMP ROBINSON) 

01/2013- 11/2014

TECHNICAL PLANNER

I was selected as a Technical Planner for the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management.

  • Redesigned the Arkansas Aviation Operations Plan.
  • Assigned to Planning and Resources in the State Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
  • Governor or Presidential declared disaster.
  • Assist in maintaining the State of Arkansas Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (ARCEMP).
  • Assigned to assist with emergency planning with Arkansas Nuclear One.
  • Technical Planner for State Emergency Support Function (ESF) 1 Ground, Air, and Rail.
  • Technical Planner for State Emergency Support Function (ESF) 2 Communications.
  • Technical Planner for State Emergency Support Function (ESF) 9 Search and Rescue.
  • Assigned twenty counties in the state to assist in maintaining their emergency operations plans.

 

CATERPILLAR- NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR (NLR-NAMG)

10/2011- PRESENT 

FABRICATION WELDER

I was selected as a finishing Welder in the rear frame section of fabrication.

  • Apply welds to joints to join sections of the rear frame before going to paint and assembly.
  • Coordinate frames to be welded according to manufacturing line loads for assembly.
  • Tack welding
  • Air arc cutting
  • Oxygen / Fuel cutting
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
  • Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW)

GENERAL PHYSICS- PINE BLUFF, AR (PINE BLUFF ARSENAL (870-540-2359 OR 870-489-6131)

3/2003 – 9/2011 (PROGRAM ENDED SEPTEMBER 2011)

Emergency Preparedness Instructor (Radiation Team Leader)

Instruction Classes conducted on Chemical, Biological, and Radiation mitigation in 44 States for approximately 4000 first responders and first receivers nationwide for 8 years on 40 different courses.

  • Design and develop emergency response planes, safety procedures, training courses and exercises.
  • Planned and coordinated exercises with local, state, federal, and industry agencies nationwide.
  • Provided training on identification of chemicals and radiation using detection / monitoring equipment.
  • Provided safety training and usage of personal protective equipment (PPE) and decontamination.
  • Guest instructor for US Military Academy at West Point in New York for radiation training courses.
  • Performed various training tasks to assure trainees are achieving adequate levels of training.
  • Provide training needs and analyses for hazardous gas, radiation and confined space monitoring.
  • Provided training in radiation, decontamination, and PPE for five hospitals in Philadelphia, PA.

VAN BUREN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE CLINTON, AR (501-745-2112)

12/1999 – 1/2003

Elected Sheriff

I was elected as the administrator of Van Buren County emergency response and development of emergency preparedness procedures; I also provided guidance in the development and implementation of recovery programs to citizens who are victims of crimes.

  • Wrote and maintained Department Policy and Procedures.
  • Assisted in the design of Van Buren County Emergency Response to Hazardous Materials.
  • Approved all Department purchases and leases.
  • Supervised, Managed, and maintained all Department Inventory and case evidence storage.
  • Created four (4) new paid positions within Sheriff’s Office.
  • Created and organized a Water and Air Patrol.
  • Created the Domestic Violence Response Division through awarded Government Grants. 

PULASKICOUNTYSHERIFF’SOFFICE-LITTLEROCK,AR(501-340-6600)

2/1993 – 12/1999

Sheriff’s Deputy

 

I was selected and employed in Pulaski County as a Deputy Sheriff to enforce all State and local laws.

  • Detention Officer: Overseeing the safety and well being of all Detainees’.
  • Training Deputy: Custodian and Coordinator over all training of enforcement personnel.
  • Evidence Custodian: Assisting Deputy in evidence storage and handling.
  • Patrol Division: Patrolled assigned districts.
  • Warrants Division: Served all Felony and Misdemeanor Warrants issued by the court.
  • Judicial Division: Served Summons, Writ of Executions, and Subpoena.