Dr. John H. Bridges III Semi-Retired (Volunteer) Volunteer with Stafford County’s Sheriff’s Office (Co-Chair,Youth-at-Risk) and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) For the past 13 years, I have provided senior executive leadership for government and private sector entities as Chief Operating Officer, President, and Chief Executive Officer of an accredited college, former Assistant Administrator and Program Manager at DHS and FEMA; Director, Incident Management, U.S. Postal Service and Executive Director, National Preparedness and Homeland Security for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. In these capacities, I directed and manage the development, coordination, linkage analysis and implementation of a risk-based, all-hazards performance-based strategy that cultivated an understanding that builds those common capabilities necessary to respond to operational requirements that pose the greatest risk to an organizations infrastructure. Over 28 years of emergency management experience, to include being appointed a Federal On-Scene Coordinator (FOSC) and serving as the Incident Commander (IC) and senior advisor for the U.S. Postal Service’s anthrax response from October 2001 to March 2004. As Executive Director, U.S. Postal Inspection Service I helped build a full disaster preparedness capability across the entire country by organizing, managing, and leading a small Headquarters staff, 9 Regional Managers and 80 District Managers. This included providing training to over 250,000 employees on the fundamentals of the National Incident Management System (NIMS), National Response Plan (NRP) and National Response Framework (NRF) along with concepts of the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program through full-scale and performance-based exercise programs. Participated in over 73 federal disaster declarations and sponsored over 215 large-scale planning exercises targeting natural and accidental disasters so that field emergency management teams are acclimated to real-time activities, instilling greater accountability for implementing the lessons learned from these exercises.
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