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Ed Klima

First Responder Center for Excellence
Managing Director
Crofton, MD
Ed Klima has served as the Managing Director of the FRCE since its inception in 2016.  He  began his public safety career as a volunteer firefighter in Delaware in 1988 and became a career firefighter in Fairfax County, Virginia in 1997.  Unfortunately, a back injury cut his career short in Fairfax County and he entered the private sector to focus on emergency and public safety management for major special events.

As a public safety professional, he has nearly 30 years of experience as an emergency planner, fire fighter, hazardous material technician, EMT and fire inspector. Mr. Klima has served as the External Affairs Director for the Congressional Fire Services Institute. He was an original member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 610 Committee, Safety at Motorsports Venues and the NASCAR Security Council and currently serves on NFPA 1585, Standard on Contamination Control. He has also served as Vice Chair for the IAVM Academy for Venue Safety and Security. A member of various state and local committees, Mr. Klima currently serves on the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisory Council for Delaware.

Mr. Klima holds two Bachelor degrees from the University of Delaware as well as a Masters degree in Public Safety Management from Saint Joseph’s University.

His back injury led him to become an advocate for health and wellness for first responders and enjoys mountain biking, hiking and spending time at the beach with his family.

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, January 13

10:15am MST