Mr. Max Johnson is an instructor with East Tennessee State University, an academic partner of the RDPC.
Prior to retirement, Mr. Johnson served with the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, where he held the positions of interim state director, Chemical Safety Office chief, Training & Exercise Section chief, Hazardous Materials Bureau chief and Preparedness Bureau chief. Mr. Johnson also served as state emergency management duty officer & New Mexico State Police Headquarters emergency response officer (hazmat response). Mr. Johnson also retired from the New Mexico National Guard, after 27 years of service, with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He had assignments as officer in charge of the New Mexico Counter Drug Force, commandant of the New Mexico National Guard Academy, battalion commander, and State and Brigade Nuclear, Biological, Chemical (NBC) officer. He is branch qualified in air defense and nuclear, biological, and chemical warfare.
Mr. Johnson has a bachelor’s degree in education. His training certifications include Instructor Development (40 hours) through the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy (NMLEA), the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) Instructor Training course (40 hours) and the E449 Incident Command System (ICS) Instructor Trainer course. He also has taken approximately 300 hours of ICS training at the state and federal level.
Mr. Johnson has worked as a contract instructor for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC/EAI) to the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) for the PER 261 WMD Hazardous Materials Technician Responder Training and the ICS 100, 200, 300 and 400 courses. In addition he has provided ICS training for the New Mexico Department of Health, New Mexico Department of Agriculture, and for the City of Santa Fe, New Mexico. His contract work includes working for Tetra Tech EAI in the preparation, training, documentation, and exercising for the New Mexico Task Force 1 Urban Search & Rescue Team, and assisted in the preparation for the Hartford, Connecticut winter exercise. Mr. Johnson has also completed contract work for JL Consulting, LLC, which includes training for and conducting exercises in the New Mexico and Oklahoma National Guard Civil Support Team (CST) for their Army Readiness, Training, and Evaluation Program (ARTEP).