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Derek Rowan


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As the President of Ascenttra, I bring extensive operational knowledge of the first response community, all levels of government, healthcare industries, adult education, and training. I am an adult educator and national speaker specializing in business continuity, planning, training, exercise design, and emergency preparedness.

I have been fortunate enough to have provided hundreds of lectures and classes on exercise design and have designed, developed, conducted, and evaluated hundreds of preparedness exercises across all levels of government and the private sector. Highlights include:

• Author – Emergency Operations Center Readiness Continuum (Chapter 2) in the October 2013 book release “Crisis Management and Emergency Planning.”
• Author – Operational Exercise Design (Chapter 19) in the October 2013 book release “Crisis Management and Emergency Planning.”
• Certified Firefighter, EMT, Officer, and Instructor III
• Nine years of experience on Virginia Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue Team
• Lead Instructor Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
• Nationally recognized HSEEP instructor trainer for DHS/FEMA/EMI
• FEMA Master Exercise Practitioner Instructor
• FEMA Planning Section Chief
• Designed, Developed, Conducted, and Evaluated hundreds of exercises
• Internationally requested instructor for exercise design principles and practices
• Field Response Experience at many of our nation’s worst disasters including Oklahoma City, Hurricane Andrew, Hurricane Fran, September 11th, and Hurricane Katrina.
• Certified in ICS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, 800 and several position specific courses.
• FEMA Certified Instructor for ICS Curricula
• FEMA Certified Instructor for COOP Planning
• E-learning curriculum designer