Mr. Andy Byrnes is a master instructor with East Tennessee State University, an academic partner of the RDPC.
Mr. Byrnes retired after 21 years of service as a special operations battalion chief with the Orem (UT) Fire Department. He was also a sworn law enforcement officer for 18 years and a certified paramedic for 16 years. He is currently an assistant professor and instructional designer for Utah Valley University (UVU), Emergency Services Department/Institute of Emergency Services and Homeland Security – Utah Fire and Rescue Academy in Provo, Utah.
Mr. Byrnes has led development teams in the reorganization and rewriting of the Apparatus Driver Operator – Pumper and Aerial courses for the academy. He has also led the development of the new Hazardous Materials Awareness, Basic Operations, WMD Operations, Hazmat Technician, Building Construction, and Fire Officer I & II courses. He is the curriculum designer and lead instructor for the institute’s Incident Command Training Center (CTC), featuring virtual and simulated incident management and command training scenarios.
As an assistant professor, Mr. Byrnes is the director of the Recruit Candidate Academy Program for entry level firefighters. He is an experienced emergency services instructor working for local, state, and national fire/EMS and law enforcement organizations, to include the Office of Domestic Preparedness, the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He is also a consultant/instructor for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Counter Proliferation Programs; WMD Response; Crime Scene Operations; Border Protection; and multi-national exercises in nine Eastern European and former Soviet bloc countries.
Mr. Byrnes has taught hazardous materials operations courses in Singapore and has been a keynote speaker at the Saudi Arabian Fire Protection Engineering conference in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. He has reviewed and contributed to several textbooks related to hazardous materials/WMD response and he is a frequent course reviewer and subject matter expert in the areas of hazmat and firefighting leadership and management.
Mr. Byrnes is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program. He holds an associate degree in fire science, a bachelor’s degree in public emergency services management, and a master’s degree in instructional technology from Utah State University.