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Our guest this morning is Jim Hone. Jim is the former Santa Monica Fire Chief and has been involved in emergency and disaster response, recovery and training for more than 36 years.
He served for six years in the United States Air Force as an Aircraft Crash Rescue Specialist prior to being hired by the Santa Monica Fire Department in 1980. During his more than 30 years with the fire department he served as a Firefighter, Paramedic, Fire Captain, Hazardous Materials Captain, Division Chief, Fire Marshal and Fire Chief.
Jim served on several local, state and federal disaster response teams and committees. He has responded to six Federal Disasters including the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing and the 2001 World Trade Center terrorist attacks to assist local governments and coordinate FEMA Urban Search and Rescue resources. On July 16, 2003, Jim was the first Chief Officer on scene and ultimately served as the Operations Section Chief at the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Multi-Casualty Incident involving 79 victims including 10 fatalities.
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