Presentation Title
Incident Command- The Truths, The Myths, The Legends!
About the Presentation

This program will present basic concepts associated with disaster and emergency response Incident Command Systems (ICS) as used by civilian responders and as prescribed by DHS/FEMA. The facilitator will take you through several case studies that will bring understanding to The Truths, The Myths and The Legends of ICS in the real world. 


Martyn Nevil, Incident Support Team Leader,  FEMA Urban Search and Rescue       

Presenter Biography

Mr. Nevil recently completed an assignment as the Deputy for Preparedness with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, (PEMA) with oversight of the Bureau of Technological Hazards, as well as the Bureau of Planning, Training and Exercise. Prior to this assignment he served as the Deputy for Operations, PEMA. In this capacity he has served among other duties as the Senior State Official, and Incident Manager for multiples Commonwealth Response Coordination Center Activations including the 2015 World Meeting of Families/Papal Visit, the 2016 DNC and multiple exercised and minor declared disasters.

Mr. Nevil retired from the Dauphin County Emergency Management Agency in March 2012 where he served as the Manager of Operations and the Manager of Urban Search & Rescue/WMD. He was detailed for six years to PA Task Force One, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Urban Search and Rescue, where he served as the Program Manager and Lead Planning Officer, he currently serves as a Task Force Leader. Performing in this capacity, Mr. Nevil has been deployed as a Task Force Member to the Hurricane Katrina Disaster in 2005, the September 2001 World Trade Center Disaster, the February 1999 Concept Sciences Chemical Plant explosion in Allentown, Lehigh County PA, as well as to the Hurricane Floyd disaster in North Carolina. He has served on the National US&R Weapons of Mass destruction Working Group and was appointed in 2007 to the ESF – 9 National Incident Support Team, Blue and serves as the Plans Section Chief. As a member of the Blue Incident Support Team, Mr. Nevil has deployed to the State of Texas in support of Hurricane IKE and Gustav in 2008, the North Dakota Flooding in the spring of 2009, Hurricane Earl in 2010, and the Oso, Washington, mountain slide in 2014. 2017 Deployments included Lead Planner for the FEMA US&R Advanced Team to the US VI and San Juan PR for Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Mr. Nevil remains active in field emergency response and serves on an All Hazards Incident Management Team, as an Incident Commander, with the South Central Terrorism Task Force in Pennsylvania.

Marty’s background includes experience in the Emergency Medical and Fire Service, over the past 40 years. As well, Mr. Nevil has employment experience in the Nuclear Power Industry, Radiation-Waste Management Program and Municipal Code Enforcement. In addition, his military career spanned a total of 21 years in the USAF/PA Air National Guard, Mr. Nevil is the recipient of multiple awards and decorations, including the Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal and the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal.

Mr. Nevil is a retired Deputy Fire Chief with the PA Air National Guard / USAF, 193rd Special Operations Wing. His service to his Country culminated in a 2004 assignment, at Baghdad International Airport, Iraq, in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, as the Fire Department Assistant Chief of Operations.

Mr. Nevil’s education includes extensive formal training in Fire Service Technology, Code Enforcement and Comprehensive Emergency Management.

Mr. Nevil holds national certification as a Fire Fighter I, II, & III, a Building Inspector I, & II, Fire Service Instructor I, II, & III, Fire Officer I, II, & III, Hazardous Materials Technician and Incident Commander, Public Safety Telecommunicator I, & II as well as Emergency Management Professional Certification from The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. Mr. Nevil received his Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS®) from the National Fire Protection Association in the spring of 1998.
Mr. Nevil is an Adjunct instructor with the Harrisburg Area Community College, Senator John J. Shumaker Public Services Center, in the areas of Hazardous Materials, Municipal Fire Protection, Industrial Fire Suppression, Incident Management, Urban Search & Rescue and Terrorism Response. He also serves as an Adjunct Instructor with the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy. Since 2011 Mr. Nevil has served as an adjunct instructor at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg MD in the areas of incident management and special operations.

Serving as a facilitator and instructor, Mr. Nevil has lectured before the Pennsylvania State Governors Conference on Emergency Management, The Pennsylvania State Fire Commissioners Annual Conference, The Ohio State LEPC Conference, The Pennsylvania State Hazardous Materials Technician Conference, and The EPA Region III Chemical Emergency Preparedness Conference as well as the South Central PA Regional Counter Terrorism Conference. He has facilitated training in the United Kingdom, for Ministry of Defense Fire Service Personnel, and has assisted in providing initial and technical training to Senior Departmental Staff of the Peoples Republic of China, Taiwan National Fire Department. Mr. Nevil has served as a Subject Matter Expert and Instructor on Emergency Management, for the Community Response Emergency Simulation (CREST) program on Terrorism, at the National Interagency Civil – Military Institute in San Luis Obispo, CA, as well as a Subject Matter Expert in Planning with DHS/FEMA Urban Search and Rescue.

Currently Mr. Nevil is a principle and Vice President with J&M Training and Consulting Associates LLC, a Pennsylvania Company focused in all aspects of public safety technical training, emergency preparedness and healthcare consulting.

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