Gary R. Adler     



Related Employment:

  • NJ Law & Public Safety, Division of Motor Vehicles, Trenton and Wayne, NJ: case-file evaluator; Assistant Administrative Law Judge; responsibilities included interview and evaluation of motor vehicle law violators for punishment or rehabilitation within the system; authorized to revoke or restore driving privileges; Team-Leader for reorganization and revitalization of division-wide customer service system on state-wide network; under immediate supervision of the state Attorney General; 1988-1989
  • Bergen County Sheriff’s Department, Paramus, NJ; Law & Public Safety Officer stationed at Bergen County Community College; 1987-1988
  • Marin County Sheriff’s Office, San Rafael, CA.: Assistant Communications Dispatcher for multi-jurisdictional agencies including the sheriff’s office, state highway patrol, county jail, state forest fire, emergency medical, local fire, emergency management and public works; 1986-1988
  • Wayne Township Police Department, Wayne, NJ: Law Enforcement Officer and Communications Dispatcher; 1980-1986 & 1988-1990

Related Learning Institutions Attended:

  • Emergency Management Institute FEMA
  • Texas A&M Engineering Extension
  • National Disaster Preparedness Training Center/University of Hawaii
  • National Weather Service, NJ, CA, CO
  • Castle Rock Citizen’s Police Academy, Castle Rock, CO
  • FBI Domestic Terrorism Preparedness, Breckenridge, CO 
  • Law Enforcement Public Safety Training Institute Academy,  Highlands Ranch, CO
  • Red Rocks Community College, Lakewood, CO
  • United Digital Artists, NY, NY
  • Apple Computer Market Center, NY, NY
  • California Criminal Justice Institute, San Rafael, CA
  • Passaic County Community College, Wayne, NJ
  • Bergen County Police & Fire Academy, Oakland, NJ
  • Passaic County Police Academy, Pompton Lakes, NJ
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, NJ
  • William Paterson State University of New Jersey, Wayne, NJ
  • Zadoc Institute for Practical Learning, NY, NY
  • New School for Social Research/New York University, NY, NY

Related Diplomas & Certifications:

American Red Cross, Lone Tree, CO

Active Shooter

National Disaster Preparedness Training Center/University of Hawaii

Diploma: Leveraging Tools for Conducting Damage Assessments

Texas A&M Engineering Extension Division

Diploma: Wide Area Search

Diploma: Essentials of Community Cyber Security 

Diploma: Community Preparedness for Cyber Incidents

National Cyber Security Center

First Responders Cyber Exercise

Red Rocks Community College, Lakewood, CO

Associate of Applied Science Degree in Emergency Management (in-process of transferring credit for completion; 4.0GPA)

Emergency Management Institute, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FEMA

Diploma: National Incident Management System IS-700 (NIMS)

Diploma: National Response Framework IS-800

Chiefs of Police Association, Pueblo, CO

Diploma: Seminar - Safety in Emergent Response

FEMA REGION 1X, Presidio, San Francisco, CA


Seismic Safety & Preparedness

Mobile Emergency Communications

Emergency Response to Terrorism

National Weather Service/NOAA/SKYWARN, NJ, CA & CO

Advanced Certification: Severe Weather Spotter Training

Certified every year since 1974; Re-Certified 2017

State of Colorado Office of Emergency Management


Incident Command System I-100, I-200, I-300

Emergency Management

Disaster Preparedness

Leadership & Influence

Resource Management

Mass Fatalities Incident Response

Emergency Operations Center Management & Operations

Emergency Planning

Exercise Design

Public Information Officer

Emergency Communications

FBI Domestic Terrorism Preparedness & Response

Nationally Certified Emergency Manager & Incident Commander

Douglas County Law Enforcement Training Center, Littleton, CO

Graduate: Castle Rock Citizen’s Police Academy

National Association for Search & Rescue, Denver, CO

Certified Instructor: Search K-9 Training

Wiggins Rural Fire Protection District In-Service Training, Wiggins, CO

Certified: AHA First Responder CPR and Automatic External Defibrillation (annual recert)

National Safety Council, Wayne, NJ


Defensive Driving

Northern California Criminal Justice Training Institute, San Rafael, CA


Emergency Communications

Bergen County Police & Fire Academy, Mahwah, NJ


Disaster Control

Emergency Medical First Responder

Emergency Extrication

Fire/Heavy Rescue

Passaic County Police Academy, Pompton Lakes, NJ


Police Communications

Law Enforcement


Crisis Intervention

Defensive & Evasive Emergency Driving


Forensic Photography

Self Defense

New Jersey State Police, Division of Motor Vehicles, Trenton, NJ


Comprehensive Systems Programming

Customer Service/TACT

Interviewing Techniques

Right-To-Know Training

New Jersey State Forest Fire Service & SAR, Ringwood, NJ


Search, Rescue & Recovery

Water Rescue

Search Dog Training

New Jersey State Police Office of Emergency Management, Totowa, NJ


Flood Rescue

HAZMAT Response

Heavy Rescue


Radiological Incident Response

New Jersey Civil Defense/Disaster Control (NJ State Police):


Flood Control/Marker Reader


Radiological Incident Response

American Red Cross, North Jersey Regional Office, Wayne, NJ


First Responder Emergency Care

CPR Instructor

Emergency Childbirth Instructor

Attended the Colorado Emergency Management Association(CEMA) 2018 Conference in Colorado Springs, CO February 27- March 1, 2018. Took part in several training classes in a variety of related subjects applicable to Emergency Management including:

Achieving A Whole Community Approach Through Partnering and Leveraging VOAD

A New Way to Think About Interfacing

Colorado National Guard 101: What the Colorado Army National Guard Can Offer Emergency Managers

Denver Police Department’s CVE – Terrorism Prevention Program

EMAC - What is It, and How Does it Work in Colorado

Integrated Public Alert and Warning System

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation: Everyone Goes Home - Wildfire Initiative

National Weather Service – On Site, On Call, At the Scene

Planning for Hazards and Building Community Resilience: The Role of the Emergency Manager

Securing Outdoor Special Events

The Great American Eclipse - Planning, Resources and Response

Related Current Memberships:

Colorado All-Season Spotter Network

Colorado Emergency Management Association

Colorado Press Association

National Association for Search & Rescue


Wiggins Rural Fire Protection District


  • Appointed to Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center Advisory Council, Denver, 2012 - present
  • Co-Starred in a PBS Video Documentary based on personal experience, “Identity Theft: Real Problems…Real Solutions…” produced in coordination with the 18th Judicial District of Colorado, 2006
  • Appointed by U.S. Department of Commerce to Colorado All-Season Spotter Network, 2001 
  • Honorary Active Member, Wiggins Rural Fire District, Wiggins, CO; appointed by the District Fire Chief, 1998
  • Elected Representative-At-Large to the City & County of Denver for Hazardous Materials Transportation Sub-Committee, 1996                                
  • Member of the Denver Emergency Planning Committee; appointed by Colorado State  OEM Officials and the Mayor of Denver, 1996
  • Listed in Who’s Who in Professional Imaging; 1995-96
  • Invitational Guest Lecturer: Forensic Photography, Bergen County Community College, Paramus, NJ; 1992
  • Advisory Council Board Member to the Adult Education Committee, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, NJ; appointed by administration, 1990
  • Honorary Driver, Wayne Township Memorial First Aid Squad, Wayne, NJ; 1990-present
  • Received commendation from NJ State Attorney General for leading the reorganization of  the Motor Vehicle Division, Customer Service Department, Wayne, NJ; 1990
  • Notary Public; appointed by NJ State Representative, 1988
  • Honorary Member, NJ Special Police Organization; 1986     
  • Honorary Member, NJ Traffic Officer’s Association; 1985
  • Mayor’s Citizen of the Year Award for Saving Lives and Property, Wayne, NJ; 1984
  • Appointed Response Team Associate Member, National Burn Victim Foundation, 1981
  • Active Service Award, NJ State Gold Cross (EMS); 1981

Related Volunteer Service:

  • Arapahoe County/Douglas County Colorado, Local Emergency Planning Sub Committee Member, 2017 - present
  • Aurora, CO LEPC Member, 2017 - present
  • Dept. of Homeland Security/Office of Emergency Management Colorado Northeast Region (Morgan, Logan, Washington, Kit Carson, Yuma, Sedgwick, and Phillips Counties): Handle logistics for Regional Incident Management; Coordinate resource management, donations; coordination of information flow, communications and networking assignments in disasters; emergency management mitigation and planning with fire and law agencies. 1996-present 
  • Town of Castle Rock, CO: Public Safety Commissioner; 2004-2006
  • National Weather Service: Member, SKYWARN; Severe Storms and Night Spotter;1974-present
  • Colorado All-Season Spotter Team (C.A.S.T.); 2001-present
  • NWS Certified Spotter Designator for Denver, Douglas and El Paso Counties, CO
  • Statewide Emergency Management Response; Director; Incident Command; Emergency Management Assistance; Resource Management; Disaster Photography; 1998-present           
  • Denver Search & Rescue: Director; K-9 Urban Search & Rescue; Logistics; AHA-BLS Certified CPR & AED; Emergency Medical Care; 1998-present
  • City & County of Denver Office of Emergency Management: Emergency Operations Center volunteer intern; Member, Local Emergency Planning Commission (LEPC); Chairman of the HAZMAT Transportation Sub-Committee and Representative-At-Large to the City & County of Denver; photographer; 1996-2000
  • Morgan County Office of Emergency Management: Assistant Director; Emergency Operations Center volunteer intern; disaster specialist and photographer; 1996-2000
  • Wiggins Rural Fire District, Wiggins, CO:  Emergency Management Representative; 1996-present
  • Salvation Army Intermountain Division, Denver, CO: former Board Member Emergency Disaster Services Council (E.D.S.); EDS Responder; resource management; photographer; 1998-2002
  • Marin County Office of Emergency Management, Marin County Civic Center, San Rafael, CA: Assistant Director; Project Manager: Mobile Command Post & Seismic Safety Video Production (FEMA Reg8/Presidio, SF, CA); 1986-1988
  • NJ State Police Office of Emergency Management, Totowa, NJ: Flood Control staff; photographer; 1984-1986
  • Wayne Township Office of Emergency Management/Civil Defense, Wayne, NJ: Assistant Director; Public Information Officer; Communications Officer; photographer; 1974-1986  
  • National Burn Victim Foundation, McGuire Air Force Base, NJ: Burn Treatment Pioneer Response Team member; 1978-1986
  • NJ Special Police Organization, Wayne, NJ: Secretary; 1985-1986
  • NJ State Search & Rescue/NJ Forest Fire Service, Ringwood, NJ: Assistant Team-Leader; photographer; 1988-1991
  • Wayne Township Memorial First Aid Squad: active member; training instructor; rigs & equipment  maintenance committee; Chief of the Youth Squad; 1974-1983
  • American Red Cross, Wayne, NJ: CPR and Emergency Childbirth Instructor; 1977-1982

Denver Search & Rescue Members

Galina Parmer (In-Training)

Related Diplomas & Certifications:

National Weather Service/NOAA/SKYWARN - Advanced Certification: Severe Weather Spotter Training - Certified 2018

John"Sandy" Santucci

Related Diplomas & Certifications:

Greenwood Village Citizen's Police Academy - Graduate

National Weather Service/NOAA/SKYWARN - Advanced Certification: Severe Weather Spotter Training - Certified 2017

Texas A&M Engineering Extension Division - Wide Area Search - Diploma