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Armando “Toby” Bevelacqua

Master Consultant

Armando “Toby” Bevelacqua
Master Consultant, Emergency Management Solutions (Florida Division)
A 45-plus year veteran of the fire service and the recipient of the 2010 “In the Zone Award” and the “Level A Award” for leadership form the International Association of Fire Chiefs, service and support in education of the hazardous materials first response community, and the Dieter Heinz 2016 Instructor of the Year Award. Chief Bevelaqua retired from City of Orlando Fire Department, Orlando Florida where he served as Chief of Special Operations, Homeland Security and Emergency Medical Services Transport. Toby also teaches at local colleges, instructing Fire and EMS Classes. He writes free-lance, publishing articles and educational textbooks. He has published topics on report writing for EMS providers, Emergency Medical Response to Hazardous Materials Incidents, Hazardous Materials Field Guide and Terrorism Handbook for Operational Responders and a Chemistry book geared for the first responder. He has been presented nationally on several controversial issues in the disciples of Technical Rescue, EMS, Hazardous Materials and Management. Toby lectures to fire departments throughout North America, Canada and Europe. He is an adjunct instructor through the Department of Defense as well as with several federal agencies involved with force protection. Chief Bevelacqua serves on several federal, state and local committees. He holds membership on the Inter-Agency Board (IAB) for Training and Exercise development - discussing issues affecting Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) and HazMat deployment, and training as it relates to terrorism and which have generated the national “Selected Equipment List” (SEL) for first responders. He is a technical Consultant and member of the NFPA 470 (472, 1072, 473), and 475 Technical Committees along with representation on the ASTM standards development committee for emergency response. Chief Bevelacqua has assisted in the development of standards and protocols such as with Rocky Mountain Poison Control Center for the development of standardized Medical Protocol for the WMD event and for the State Department for WMD training of embassy delegates. His latest endeavor is to create educational videos and comics for the first response community. Educating new and seasoned responders to the ever-advancing technologies that are entering the first response arena.