Rick Christ, MEP, CHEC
Vice President & COO
Rick is a highly rated instructor in various Emergency Services disciplines, including Search and Rescue, Incident Management, and firefighting. Rick is certified to teach Incident Command System (ICS) classes, and Basic and Advanced Disaster Life Support with the National Disaster Life Support Foundation, through a regional healthcare coalition, the Near Southwest Preparedness Alliance, with whom he is an active participant. He enjoys making learning fun and effective!
Rick is also a Department of Homeland Security Master Exercise Practitioner and has planned, conducted and evaluated dozens of readiness exercises to improve resilience to all hazards.
After joining the Virginia SAR community in 1999, he became an instructor for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management’s Search and Rescue program in 2005, specializing in the development of field team members and leaders.
Search & Rescue | Firefighting | Incident Management |NDLS
CERTIFIED BY NATIONAL DISASTER LIFE SUPPORT FOUNDATION
Incident Command System (ICS) classes
Basic and Advanced Disaster Life Support
MASTER EXERCISE PRACTITIONER
Department of Homeland Security certified in readiness exercise, evaluation, planning, and execution
Virginia SAR community
Virginia Emergency Management Association
American Society for Testing & Materials (ASTM)
National Association for Search & Rescue (NASR)
International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM)
Rick’s Blog Posts
NHICS Resource Page
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Goldilocks Would Love Incident Command
Incident Command structure should always be “just right” for the incident. It’s a modular system, not all-or-nothing!
Long-term Care Facilities and Directors Charged in Fire Evacuation Failure
by Rick Christ When wildfire swept through the Santa Rosa, California area in October of 2017, at least two long-term care facilities were grossly unprepared, and their staff made feeble attempts to evacuate almost 300 residents. If residents’ families...