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November 9, 2009

Introducing Mark Chubb

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on November 9, 2009

If you read comments on these posts — and you should — you are already familiar with Mark Chubb.   As I depart The Watch, I am pleased to announce that Mark will begin contributing his comments to the front page.  He will start this Wednesday and hopes to continue on each Wednesday. 

Jessica Herrera-Flanigan plans to post on Mondays and Fridays. Chris Bellavita will continue on Thursday.  A series of “greatest hits” and guest posts is planned for Tuesdays.

Mark Chubb is currently the operations manager for the Portland Office of Emergency Management and an adjunct assistant professor of public administration in the Center for Public Service at Portland State University’s Mark O. Hatfield School of Government.  Mark describes himself as a “pracademic”, policy wonk, and crisis strategist.

In 2008 Mark was appointed to the affiliated research faculty of the Regenhard Center for Emergency Response Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  He is also a regular contributor to symposia and proceedings of the Academy for Critical Incident Analysis at John Jay College, and is currently finishing a book chapter on the application of public administration theories and methods to critical incident analysis for the academy.

For most of his career, Mark has studied critical incidents and the tactical and strategic responses they provoke.  He has written extensively about the operational response to incidents and their effects as well as the policy implications for building regulations and engineering practices of so-called triggering events.  He has also studied the effects of risk communication on public engagement in policy decisions concerning mitigation, and maintains an active interest in applying the concepts of resilience and sustainability to crisis and risk management policy.

During the latter half of the 1990s, Mark was involved in efforts to develop the fire safety and fire protection provisions of the International Building Code and related regulatory documents.  He is presently engaged by the Caribbean Development Bank as part of a team developing application documents for a Caribbean Building Code based on that document.

Mark started his career as a firefighter, and served as a fire service officer and chief fire officer for significant periods during his career.  He earned a master of public policy degree from the School of Government at the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand while working as the New Zealand Fire Service area commander responsible for Metropolitan Christchurch from 1999-2007.

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2 Comments »

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 9, 2009 @ 11:46 am

WOW! Great choice and glad he did not remain in KIWI land.

And thanks Phil for all the great posts and insights and yes entertainment and yes filling in my gaps of classical knowledge of the Greeks.

And of course since I always like to keep the pressure on will look forwards to reading your books.

Welcome aboard Mark and will be happy to show you my usual deference to the Posters. Hey it is a blog right/

Comment by Pat Longstaff

November 9, 2009 @ 2:24 pm

Poets (and Greek philosophers) see past the “here” and beyond the “now.” They ask us to consider facets of the world that are often too bright or too dark for most of us to see. It is easier to disregard that which we cannot effortlessly see. And it has become fashionable to discount the wisdom of the ancients as we look to “futurists” for answers. But what I have enjoyed about this blog is that it is often a chance to take just a few minutes of my day to see a bigger (or different) picture and I hope Mark will continue this. I know why many people feel they cannot write here – and those reasons are unlikely to change. It is not necessary to speak, only to stop by and look beyond your current here and now.

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