Captain Gregory Kelly is a master instructor with East Tennessee State University, an academic partner of the RDPC.
Captain Kelly began his career in the fire service in April of 1996 as a firefighter, joining the hazardous materials team in his second year. Captain Kelly is currently a fire captain with St. Tammany Fire District #1 in Slidell, Louisiana, and is the hazardous materials team leader for the department. He holds International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) certifications for Firefighter I, Firefighter II, Fire Officer I & II, Fire Instructor I, Haz-Mat Awareness, Operations, Technician and Haz-Mat Incident Commander, and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) WMD Technician.
Since 2001, Captain Kelly has worked for O’Brien’s Response Management, a worldwide leader in emergency response management, as command post duty officer/instructor trainer. He has conducted numerous emergency response exercises and many training classes at the Awareness, Operations, Technician and Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER) levels.
Captain Kelly has an associate degree in fire science from Delgado Community College and a bachelor’s degree in general studies/history from Southeastern Louisiana University.
Captain Kelly has been instrumental in creating, organizing, and training a multi-agency meth lab task force for St. Tammany Parish. The task force is comprised of hazardous materials teams from St. Tammany Fire District # 1 (Slidell), Fire District # 4 (Mandeville) and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division. Captain Kelly has responded to numerous meth labs and two clandestine chemical labs recently. He has also attended advanced clandestine lab training with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the U.S. Army.
In 2005, during Hurricane Katrina, when Slidell, Louisiana was devastated with flood waters and tornados, Captain Kelly was assigned to the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team. He led his unit in search and rescue operations during the first two weeks of the storm and was then reassigned to the command staff and worked as the logistics section chief for the next three months. Captain Kelly received a commendation and a class one award for his efforts during Hurricane Katrina. In June 2010, Captain Kelly served as the deputy branch director at the Biloxi Branch Mississippi Canyon 252 BP oil spill. He recently was the lead instructor for training the Northwest Mississippi Regional Response Team to the Haz-Mat Technician Level.