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Role of the Liaison Team
All disasters start and end locally, therefore it is important to coordinate and collaborate with local government. Local elected officials, emergency managers, law enforcement and other first responder agencies have the ultimate responsibility for protecting and preparing their communities, and the vast majority of response resources rest with local government, not with state agencies. For these reasons it is important that local leaders have a knowledgeable and trusted point of contact within their jurisdiction. These skilled practitioners fill this vital role for the State.
By maintaining continual contact with local emergency managers and other response agency leaders, the liaison team members serve as both representatives of the State as well as the local responders. In addition to the traditional preparedness and response functions, homeland security has broadened the role of local government to help protect critical infrastructure and prevent the next act of terrorism by sharing information on threats and suspicious activities and other relevant law enforcement information.
The WVDHSEM/WVIFC-IP Liaison Officers are critical links in this information sharing process. They assist the local jurisdictions as well as the State in gathering information necessary to identify threats and hazards and their consequences. This information is used to develop and maintain operational and emergency plans at the State and local levels.
Each Liaison Officer possess unique skill sets which allow them to provide a wide array of knowledge and services to the State. The current cadre represent extensive backgrounds in fire and EMS, military service, private industry, law enforcement, local government, industrial/private security and emergency management.
The WVDHSEM/WVIFC-IP liaison team is led by Deputy Director
William A. Minear, II
Bill has 40 years of public safety (law enforcement, fire/rescue, emergency medical services) and private industry (security, safety & health, industrial hygiene) experience. He provides leadership coaching, mentoring and guidance to organizations and companies in all facets of protective services and emergency preparedness, planning and response. He is currently providing leadership support to State and National infrastructure protection programs while assigned to the West Virginia Intelligence Fusion Center.
Bill graduated from West Virginia University-Parkersburg (AAS 1983); Glenville State College (BA 2002); and Mountain State University (MS 2008). He continues as a candidate pursuing his Doctor of Executive Leadership with the University of Charleston. He is a 1982 graduate of the West Virginia State Police Academy – 42nd Basic Program, and a 1997 graduate of the Executive Protection Institute – Class 41. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Academy of Security Educators and Trainers (ASET) and is a current Instructor for the Executive Protection Institute (EPI).
Bill holds board certifications with ASIS International (Certified Protection Professional), the International Association of Emergency Managers (Certified Emergency Manager), and the Anti-Terrorism Accreditation Board (Certified Anti-Terrorism Specialist). He is actively serving the ASIS International/American National Standards Institute technical committee for development of the ASIS/ANSI Risk Assessment Standard. As a current member of the Executive Committee, he serves the U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s State, Local, Tribal, & Territorial Government Coordinating Council (SLTTGCC), supporting the nation’s infrastructure protection programs and mission.
Brad has been actively involved with emergency services since 1990.
His experience crosses a variety of emergency services including fire, law enforcement and military. He started his public service career in Richwood as a police officer and volunteer firefighter. He has served on fire departments in Nicholas and Wood Counties. As an instructor for RESA and the West Virginia Fire Marshal’s Office, he conducted training for the fire service and law enforcement in firefighting, fire investigation, incident command, bomb threat management and explosives. He spent almost 14 years as an investigator for the Fire Marshal’s office working every region of the state before coming to the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (WVDHSEM).
Brad is a Certified Fire Investigator through the International Association of Arson Investigators and a Certified Fire and Explosive Investigator through the National Association of Fire Investigators.
Sanford “Sandy” H. Green
Sandy has been actively involved in emergency response and public safety in Tucker County since 1982 when he was ‘conscripted’ into the Canaan Valley VFD. He has served as Chief of the department since 2001. He is a past Chairman of the Tucker County E-911 Advisory Council and the Office of Emergency Management Board and volunteered with Tucker County Emergency Medical Service for nearly 20 years.
Currently, Sandy is trained as an A-Team member of West Virginia’s Emergency Management Assistance Compact, or EMAC, organizational structure, and was deployed to the EMAC desk at the National Response Coordination Center during the response to Hurricane Harvey and the run-up to Hurricanes Irma and Maria. As part of his duties as the Region 3 Liaison, Sandy partners with the EPA’s ‘START’ exercise planning team to deliver an annual, multi-tiered, HSEEP compliant exercise program to the eight WV counties of the EPA’s Shenandoah Valley Region. The exercise program has grown in the region and now includes Washington, Allegany and Garrett counties in western Maryland.
Shawn has served the northern mountain counties as Area Liaison since 2015.
As Region IV Area Liaison he assists local jurisdictions with planning and exercise activities, grant application, administration and compliance as well as other programmatic expertise.
Prior to joining WVDHSEM, Shawn began his emergency services career in 1984 as a volunteer firefighter/EMT with Marlinton Fire-Rescue and was the Director of Emergency Management/911 for Pocahontas County.
Shawn has extensive private sector experience, having served as Director of Operations for a large regional trucking company for 23 years.
Shawn holds current certification as an EMT, CPR Instructor, HSEEP instructor, Emergency Management Basic Academy Instructor, Stop the Bleed Instructor and numerous fire, EMS and emergency management credentials.
Theresa has worked the past 14 years with the Fayette County Office of Emergency Management. Having worked from a volunteer basis through Flood Recovery all the way to the position of Director Theresa has covered multiple levels of duties. Prior to the emergency management field, she worked for 10 years in library science including Goochland County, VA and Raleigh and Fayette counties in West Virginia. She is passionate about preparedness education and serves on the Local Emergency Planning Committee as Secretary and Assistant Coordinator of the Annual Preparedness Fair.
Gregory M. Fuller
Greg has been with WVDHSEM since 2009.
He serves Southwest West Virginia as Area Liaison, engages in planning and exercise activities, and teaches the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) and other emergency management courses across the state.
Prior to joining our team, Greg advanced through the ranks and served as Fire Chief and Director of Emergency Services for the City of Huntington, West Virginia.
Before beginning his tenure in Huntington, Greg served as Director of Operations of a multi-county emergency medical services system in Southeast Ohio. His responsibilities have included leadership, administration, and management at both the department and organizational levels. He is cross-trained and experienced in fire, law enforcement, hazardous materials, and EMS.
Greg holds a Master's Degree in Safety Management from Marshall University, and undergraduate degrees in Fire Science Technology and Occupational Development.
He is currently working to achieve his Master Exercise Practitioner credentials.