Mr Michael Kernan has been an active member of the fire service for over 40 years where he has served in a multitude of capacities in both the career and the volunteer fire service. During that time he has served his community fire company, the Providence Volunteer Fire Company in Baltimore County, in every fire line capacity and continues to be an active member today. He is a member of the Baltimore County Firefighters’ Hall of Fame. For 32 years he served in the Baltimore City Fire Department, ultimately reaching the rank of Assistant Chief ( the #2 position) before his retirement in 2002. Mr. Kernan served as a Chief Officer for 23 years, and at the time he was promoted to Battalion Chief he was the youngest person to have held that rank. In addition to his regularly assigned duties, he headed the fire department effort – over 400 people- for the Papal Visit and was the fire department’s project manager and assistant Baltimore City project director for the new $ 70 million 800 MHz radio system project that included not only a new radio system, but 9 towers, a fiber optic ring encircling the city, 2 new Emergency Communications Centers, a consolidated Computer-Aided Dispatch System, and other features. This system became a model used by many throughout the country. Mike has an AA degree in Fire Service Technology and a BS in Fire Science and is also a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program. He has authored numerous articles for trade magazines and is the author of the book, First Due: Baltimore, published in 1999. Concurrently with his fire department career, Mr. Kernan has been an instructor for the University of Maryland, Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute (MFRI) in College Park, MD. He was a part-time instructor beginning in 1977 and, after his retirement in 2002, became a full-time employee at the University. He has travelled the world speaking and teaching at seminars and classes. For 2 and 1⁄2 years, Mike left to become the State Fire Service Director for the State of Delaware where he held the title of State Fire School Director. Eventually, Mr. Kernan returned to MFRI, where currently he is the NIMS/ICS Coordinator and is responsible for the Institute’s Incident Command Simulation Center