M. Michelle Murphy was the Communications Division Chief with the City of Boca Raton Fire Rescue with more than 30 years of Fire/EMS response experience. Chief Murphy was one of the primary HazMat Technicians at the first Anthrax incident in October of 2001,where she spent several months assisting federal agencies with the mitigation of the incident. She lectures to fire departments throughout North America on issues that surround HazMat medicine, and medical surveillance.Michelle has been involved in the development, management and delivery of many local, state, and federal programs for several organizations including National Fire Academy, International Association of Fire Fighters, and private consulting firms  employed by the Army to assess Civil Support Teams.  She is a certified Dive  Medic Chamber Operator, Hazardous Materials Technician and Tactical Medic.  She also serves on several Hazardous Materials related committees at both the local and federal levels. Chief Murphy continues as a field evaluator, and subject matter expert for several Hazardous Materials / WMD exercises, and private industry and local emergency services.

Much of Michelle’s work has been with organizations that promote and educate  children who are survivors of severe burns. As the South Florida Burn Children’s Camp regional coordinator, she assists in the organization of activities that promote Burn Camp, a volunteer service to assist children burn survivors.



Armando S. Bevelacqua is 37 plus year veteran of the fire service and the recipient of the 2010 “In the Zone Award” and the “Level A Award” for leadership, service and support in education of the hazardous materials first response community. He recent-ly retired from City of Orlando Fire Department, Orlando, Florida, where he served as Chief of Special Operations, Homeland Security and Medical Command. Armando also teaches at local colleges, instructing Fire and EMS Classes. He writes free-lance, publishing articles and educational textbooks. He is published with 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. Armando lectures to fire  departments throughout North America, Canada and Europe. He is an adjunct  instructor for the National Fire Academy, as well as a WMD/HazMat instructor  for the Federal Bureau of Investigations. Chief Bevelacqua is also involved with education of agencies within the Department of Defense, including  several federal agencies involved with forced protection. Chief Bevelacqua serves on several federal, state and local committees. He holds membership to the Inter-Agency Board (IAB) for Training and Exercise development discussing issues affecting USAR and HazMat deployment. The IAB looks at training as it relates to terrorism and has developed the national “Selected Equipment List” (SEL) for first responders. He is a Technical Consultant and member to the NFPA 472, 473, and 475 Technical Committees along with representation on the ASTM stand-ards development committee for emergency response. Armando has assisted in the development of standards and protocols such as with Rocky Mountain Poison Control 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 for the first response community on the web for anytime consumption. Educating new and seasoned responders to the ever-advancing technologies that are entering the first response arena. HazMatTV has become the cornerstone educational website for emergency response personnel.

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