Chief Don Hiett || Secretary Emeritus

Chief Hiett is a subject matter expert in the Emergency Services Sector. He has over 45 years’ experience in government, emergency management, human services and emergency response. He was the Asst. Fire Chief in Montverde Florida and is retired from the Atlanta, Georgia Fire Rescue Department, where he attained the rank of Assistant Fire Chief. Chief Hiett holds Certifications in Aviation Fire Fighting and Instruction, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Rescue, Hazardous Material, Fire Chief Officer National Professional Qualifications and other such Emergency Services Sector certifications.

While with the Atlanta he managed many duties in Field Operations, Training, Aviation at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and Special Operations over seeing units serving members of the community, the fire service staff, and visiting dignitaries. Additionally, he was the Olympic Planning and Operations Officer and the Chair of the Fire and Emergency Response sub Committee for the 1996 Olympic Games held in Atlanta. He responded to the Atlanta Bombings, the Gulf Oil Spill where he worked with BP and the US Coast Guard in the management of Recon and Command at Venice and Houma Louisiana. In November of 2012 Chief Hiett was a Senior Advisor to the Director and Deputy Directors of the New York State Emergency Operations Center during Hurricane Sandy. As a First Responder SME for the Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology TechSolutions, he reviews and interacts with many new and innovative products and materials.

Don has a Degree in Life Sciences from the University of Saint George and his current faculty positions include University at Albany SUNY’s National Center for Security and Preparedness, Louisiana State University’s National Center for Biomedical Research and Training and he serves at George Washington University as a member of the Homeland Security Policy Institute EMS Task Force and at The Georgia Institute of Technology as an Instructor in Hazardous Materials Incident Management. Chief Hiett is also an advisor to the DoD Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA), the Defense Science Research Council (DSRC), and in the past The Pentagon Technical Training Working Group for RAID/CST development and the RAND Advisory Panel. Don was a member of the founding faculty and transitional faculty for The Department of Homeland Securities’ Noble Training Center.

International consulting activities include Command and Control, EMS delivery and training of healthcare providers for the Ministry of Health in Finland, Australia, Germany and Sweden; and Olympic Games emergency services for Sydney, Australia and Salt Lake City, Utah. In 2005 he was a Content Subject Matter Expert for the World Association of Disaster Emergency Medicine Education and Training meeting in Brussels Belgium. Thru the US State Department and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center he has worked as an SME in Ukraine with Security Services preparing for the EURO 12 Cup.

Don is co-developer of the Seaport Security and Emergency Response Report published by E.J. Krause Inc. he also co-wrote COMMAND the knowledge and decision base for emergency service sector scene size up and operations. He was a contributing editor to The EMS Incident Management System—EMS Operations for Mass Casualty and High Impact Incidents, Understanding Terrorism and Managing its Consequences, NIMS and the First Due programs. He has been published in numerous peer and trade journals. He is a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers, Georgia State Fire Chiefs, Florida State Fire Chiefs, and is the Founding Secretary of the International Association of Emergency Medical Service Chiefs. He is also a member of the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials, National Association of EMTs, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the Founding Treasure of the IAFC EMS Section and Past Member of The National Fire Incident Management Consortium. Don was the longest standing member of the Georgia State Composite Board of Medical Examiners, Paramedic/Cardiac Technician Advisory Committee with over 13 years of service to this board and Georgia Secretary of State. He is the recipient of numerous Awards in the City of Atlanta, The State of Georgia and received “The Distinguished Service Cross” from the Country of Finland and the Finnish Fire Chiefs and in 2010, he received “The Eagle Award” from The International Association of Emergency Medical Service Chiefs.