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About Doug Leard

Douglas J. Leard, who holds a Master’s of Science degree in Emergency Management, is the owner of Emergency Management Consulting of Wayland, which teaches individuals and businesses about the importance of emergency management and instructs them in emergency management procedures.

 

The real need for Emergency Management education hit home for Doug several years ago, when he spoke to a local high school class about emergency preparedness. A student raised her hand and seemed surprised that something might happen to them. The student’s statement startled him.

 

“I took for granted that everybody understood, post- 9/11, the need to be prepared,” Doug said. “After this session, my whole focus became teaching people about the need for emergency preparedness. Teaching people about emergency preparedness and mass casualty readiness can help save lives.”

 

Doug soon thereafter completed his Master’s of Science in Emergency Management, graduating from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy with Highest Honors, and founded Emergency Management Consulting.

 

He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Management from Northeastern University in Boston. Doug continues to pursue his education in emergency management/preparedness by attending seminars and conferences, enrolling in webinars and online courses and participating in area tabletop and live exercise drills including active-shooter training.

 

Doug has more than 40 years of experience in emergency services. While in college, he managed ambulance services in Greater Boston, and later served as an ambulance inspector for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. He retired from the Framingham Fire Department in 2001, after 20 years of service as a firefighter, EMS Lieutenant and EMT-Intermediate. In addition to fighting fires, he established EMS protocols, chaired a local Health & Safety Committee, chaired the EMS Committee for 12,000 Firefighters of Massachusetts, and made public safety presentations to the general public. He is also Chairman of the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) in his hometown of Wayland.

 

Doug holds a Certificate of Achievement from the Emergency Management Institute Professional Development Series of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and has participated in the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Statewide Hurricane Preparedness Conference, the MEMA Statewide Public Assistance Program/Debris Management Conference, and is certified in the MEMA CERT Train-the-Trainer program.

 

He has helped craft important legislation and implement new procedures for emergency preparedness and safety at the state level in Massachusetts. He wrote the initial draft legislation requiring elevators in Massachusetts to accommodate EMS stretchers in a horizontal position. He is currently pursuing legislation that would require the state to adopt an Emergency Preparedness Program for students in grades K-12. Doug also wrote the initial draft legislation mandating the reporting of communicable diseases to emergency workers.

 

Doug is a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers and the National Emergency Management Association. He is the Emergency Services Sector Chief for InfraGard-Boston, an alliance between the FBI and the private sector to promote protection of critical information systems. InfraGard provides formal and informal channels for the exchange of information about infrastructure threats and vulnerabilities to allow members to better protect themselves and their corporate interests while enhancing the ability of the United States government to provide national security.

 

In addition to his Emergency Management experience, Doug has been actively involved in civic affairs in his hometown. He is a former Chairman of the Board of Selectmen and Recreation Commissioner in Wayland.