Jan 15 – Captain Merritt Colton: Dayton Emergency Operations Plans & Emergency Operations Center; Mr. David Gerstner: Ebola – Current Status, and Regional and State Preparedness; Dr. Brian O’Shea: History of Biological Weapons

Location: Berry Room, Nutter Center

Date/Time: Jan 15, 2020 / 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
(Registration begins at 2:30)

Topics & Presenters:

Captain Merritt Colton: Dayton Emergency Operations Plans & Emergency Operations Center

Captain Merritt Colton, has been with the Dayton Fire Department for 23 years as a Firefighter and a Paramedic. His experience includes five years as a Lieutenant at the Dayton Fire Training Center and six years as a Captain with the Dayton Regional Hazardous Materials Response Team. Captain Colton currently serves as the Emergency Planner for the City of Dayton and oversee the City of Dayton Emergency Operations Plan and Emergency Operations Center. His duties include supervisor for the Fire Marshall, Fire Investigations, Fire Inspections, and Fire Department Public Information Officers. In addition he is a member of the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management Emergency Operations Center and the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Mr. David Gerstner: Ebola – Current Status, and Regional and State Preparedness

David N. Gerstner, EMT-P, has been involved with prehospital emergency care for over three decades. Mr. Gerstner holds the rank of Senior Paramedic with the City of Dayton Fire Department. He has held numerous positions in the Fire Department, including second in command of the Management Information Services (MIS) Development Team and head of the EMS Training Bureau. He has created
and implemented programs in Hazardous Materials for EMS Personnel, Prehospital 12-Lead EKG Acquisition and Interpretation, and coordinates the regional MMRS Rescue Task Force for EMS response to active shooter and terrorist events.

Mr. Gerstner is a clinical faculty member with Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine and an Ohio EMS instructor. He is also an active participant on numerous committees at the local, state, regional, and national level, many of which are related to homeland security or response to terrorist events. In addition to his EMS interests, he is a flight instructor, and has experience as a commissioned municipal police officer trained in hostage negotiations. Mr. Gerstner is the author of numerous journal articles. He is president-elect of the regional EMS Council in West Central Ohio.

Mr. Gerstner is currently the Dayton Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS) Program Manager. His responsibilities include terrorism and WMD response planning, as well as domestic/emergency preparedness for all-hazards major events. Under contract with the regional healthcare coalition, he has designed multiple tabletop and full-scale exercises related to active shooter and terrorism incidents to test hospital and public safety capabilities.

Dr. Brian O’Shea: History of Biological Weapons

Dr. Brian J. O’Shea is a Certified Biological Safety Professional (CBSP) and microbiologist with experience working in high-containment research facilities both domestic and abroad. Dr. O’Shea serves as the Biological Safety Program Manager Battelle’s biological research safety and biosecurity programs, as well as being a commissioned officer (Microbiologist – 71A) in the Army Reserve Medical Command (ARMedCom). Dr. O’Shea manages research oversight for Battelle’s multiple BSL/ABSL-3 research facilities and multiple select agent programs. He serves as an Alternate Responsible Official (ARO) for Battelle’s select agent research programs, Battelle's Institutional Contact for Dual Use Research (ICDUR) and serves as a subject matter expert in biological containment and exposure control practices for all biological research programs for Battelle Memorial Institute, as well as Battelle managed National Laboratories. Dr. O’Shea serves on the Operations Committee for the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC) at Fort Detrick, Maryland. In addition, he serves as Chair of numerous scientific safety committees for Battelle’s research compliance programs. Dr. O’Shea is a course director for the Biomedical Countermeasures portion of the CBRN Defense program at Wright State University, and is an Adjunct Professor of Microbiology for Clark State Community College and sits on the Board of Directors for the Dayton Think Tank for Crisis, Threat, Disaster, and Emergency Management for the city of Dayton, Ohio. Dr. O’Shea’s ARMedCom unit of assignment is the 7457th Medical Backfill Battalion (MBB) in Richmond, VA, and he is currently working with the 52nd Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team (WMD CST) in aspects of biological weapon training and general microbiology at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base.

We trust that members and guests have had access to great speakers/topics throughout these many years.

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Parking is free. If you come off I-675 and Fairfield, stay on the upper parking lot to the right. The entrance to the far right of the Nutter Center. You are on the same level as the Berry Room.  It is not mandatory to RSVP (to infragard_info@wright.edu), but it helps with the count. These meeting are open to the public and suitable for any organization.