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Dr. Donald W. Walsh has a vast array of experience from his 30-year Chicago Fire Department career and continues his involvement at all levels. Between 1976 and 2007, Dr. Walsh worked for the Chicago Fire Department's Bureau of Operations, where he served as a licensed paramedic, EMS manager, educator, instructor, chief officer, and assistant deputy fire commissioner for the EMS Division, where he managed the second-largest EMS system in the United States. His public safety background includes being an adjunct faculty member of the National Fire Academy under the US Department of Homeland Security, president of the Chicago Fire Paramedics Association, and director of the Illinois Paramedics Association. He is on the board of directors and is the currently elected secretary of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians. As a respected international speaker, author, and educator, Dr. Walsh has lectured to public safety and healthcare industry audiences all over the world, addressing various topics in homeland security, EMS, fire rescue operations, law enforcement, and private industry. Dr. Walsh's specialties and expertise include public safety management, strategic planning, incident command, incident management, disaster planning, and antiterrorism responses. Dr. Walsh has lectured and trained throughout the United States, as well as Europe, eastern Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the former Soviet Union. Dr. Walsh has been a presenter on and has been interviewed by CNN International, Turkish National Television, 20/20, ABC News Magazine-New York, Discovery Channel, and many local television and radio stations and media outlets throughout the United States, the Middle East, and Europe. Dr. Walsh has published more than 60 national and international articles and scientific abstracts in professional and peer-reviewed journals, and he serves on many professional peer-reviewed journal editorial and advisory boards. Dr. Walsh was elected as a Fellow to the Institute of Medicine of Chicago and also served as a subject matter expert for the US Army and NASA on fire fighter safety issues in coordination with the US Fire Administration. Throughout his career, Dr. Walsh has been awarded the James O. Page Leadership Award, EMS Fire Chief of the Year from the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Paramedic of the Year from EMS Magazine, Paramedic of the Year from the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, a City of Chicago Recognition Resolution, and a State of Illinois House of Representatives Recognition Resolution. Dr. Walsh's extensive background in public safety and private industry has fostered new technologies and programs in the areas of antiterrorism training, incident command, rescue equipment development, and disaster management response programs. His most recent research on fire smoke and cyanide treatments has been published in peer-reviewed and professional publications. Within the fields of fire service, EMS, and organizational planning, Dr. Walsh has assisted with corporate and public safety information technologies and educational programs, as well as global networking and research development programs. In addition to his government and consultant activities, Dr. Walsh is currently working with private-sector businesses and industries to develop corporate educational programs, public safety programs, and information technology systems. Dr. Walsh is currently working on new fire safety technologies and research on the dangers of fire smoke, cyanide identification and treatment protocols, fire suppression foam systems, and technologies and antiterrorism preparedness programs related to cyanide weapons and disaster management.

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