“We’re blue collar workers with PhD requirements" - Andy Starnes
In this episode of NEP "On Location," Mark Treglio is on location at Firehouse Expo in Columbus, Ohio, and has a conversation with Andy Starnes, a nearly 30-year fire and EMS service veteran and founder of Insight Fire Training, LLC. Andy is a career Fire Captain in a large metropolitan fire department where he also serves as behavioral health coordinator. His work has been seen in many publications around the world and he serves as a thermal imaging subject matter expert assisting fire departments with purchasing advice, education and training. Insight Fire Training has trained firefighters and thermal imaging industry members across the United States and 20 countries. Andy is the author of the world's first thermography based firefighting thermal imaging certification credentialed by Infrared Training Center.
Mark Treglio is currently the Executive Vice President at NEP Services, where he manages the day to day operations of this rapidly growing tech and communications company that serves over 600 police and fire organizations nationwide.
Prior to joining NEP, Mark oversaw communications at the International Association of Fire Fighters. He was responsible for many of the union’s innovations and advancements in communications, including the Strategic Campaigns program and the IAFF Communications Training Academy.
Mark retired from the Jacksonville (FL) Fire & Rescue Department. He was the Communications Director for his home local, IAFF Local 122. During the great recession, he developed a communications strategy that successfully fended off an all out assault on the Jacksonville Police and Fire Pension Fund by national think tanks the Arnold Foundation, Americans For Prosperity, the Tea Party, the Pew Foundation and more.
Mark hails from a law enforcement family, with his father being a retired NYPD Detective and his brother working in Homeland Security. He has a degree in criminal justice and is working towards a degree in Emergency and Disaster management.