Captain Gregory Socks (MCFRS, RET.)
President/Chief Executive Officer
Captain Gregory Socks is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Emergency Management Solutions, Inc. His career spans over 45 years of emergency response, planning, and training in the fire and hazardous materials disciplines. His career started as a firefighter in 1977 with the Montgomery County, Maryland Fire and Rescue Services in the National Capital Region of Suburban Maryland. At the ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain.
His assignments included Hazardous Materials Training Coordinator, Station Commander, Hazardous Materials Officer, Shift Commander, and Assistant Team Leader for Hazardous Materials Operational Responsibilities. In 1986, Greg was appointed as the first Team Coordinator of the Washington County, Maryland Hazardous Materials Response Team. He served as Team Coordinator for over 10 years while building a nationally recognized organization. Greg’s certifications include Firefighter III, Fire Instructor III, Hazardous Materials Instructor, Fire Officer Development, and Hazardous Materials Team Specialist. Greg also obtained NPQ certification as an Instructor III, Hazardous Materials Awareness, Operations, Technician, and Marine Firefighter I and II. He holds an associate degree in Fire Science Technology.
Greg was a lead hazardous materials instructor at Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute and Montgomery County, Maryland Fire and Rescue Public Safety Training Academy. Greg has presented Hazardous Materials programs to municipal, industrial and military clients and conferences throughout the country. In 2012, Greg received the prestigious International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Hazardous Materials Response Teams’ Conference (“Level A” Instructor Award) and 2016 Hot Zone Conference (“In the Zone” Instructor Award). In 2019, Greg received the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Hazardous Materials Response Teams Conference ("John Eversole Lifetime Achievement Award").
Greg has also assisted with the development of Hazardous Materials training programs which has been used outside the State of Maryland. Greg has served on numerous State of Maryland committees and focus groups for new technology. Greg has received numerous certificates, unit citations, and recognition letters from the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the US Army, and Department of Defence. Greg was actively involved in a wide array of projects including service as an Assistant Project Manager for the Harris County (Texas) Multi-Agency Gap Analysis.