Hazardous Materials and Terrorism are closely related in terms of response training and objectives. Those responders who are equipped to deal with hazardous materials, can effectively deal with acts of terrorism with some additional training. Training courses and books available on this site concentrate on a solid hazardous materials background with the addition of the necessary additional training to deal with terrorism.
Robert Burke has developed all training materials advertised on this site and authored all books. He is retired as the Fire Marshal at the University of Maryland following a 30 year career in the Fire and Emergency Services as a Firefighter, Lieutenant, Assistant Chief, Deputy State Fire Marshal, EMT, Hazardous Materials Technician and Fire Marshal. He has a National Certification Board Level III Instructor Certification.
He is a Contributing Editor for Firehouse Magazine with a bi-monthly column titled "Hazmat Studies" and has written for the magazine for 28 years. Mr. Burke is a hazardous materials and terrorism instructor for the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland for 27 years as well.
Robert also retired as an adjunct facaulty member of the Community College of Baltimore County, Maryland and Committee Member of NFPA 45, Laboratories Using Chemicals.
Mr. Burke was a speaker at the Firehouse Expo in Baltimore, Maryland on numerous occasions, also at the Illinois Association of Fire Protection Districts, Springfield, IL., International Hazardous Materials Conference in New Orleans, HazMat Expo in Las Vegas, Virginia Hazmat Conference in Norfolk, and he was the keynote instructor at the Western Canadian Hazardous Materials Conference in Saskatoon, Canada. He has taught hazardous materials and terrorism classes in 36 states.