Your age doesn't have to define you and I'm determined to prove that no matter when you start a chapter, you can always make it more exciting than the last one.
I'm Steven Hutson and I have spent 27 years in the fire service in Muskogee, Oklahoma while learning to teach others to protect themselves and others.
A 27-year veteran of the Muskogee, Oklahoma Fire Department, Steven has pursued a specialized hazardous materials course of study throughout
his career. Steven retired in the fall of 2021 as Assistant Hazmat Director.
Steven is an authorized OSHA instructor through the University of Texas Arlington. Instructs for Tulsa Technology Center (TTC) and
Kiamichi Vo-Tech Schools providing hazwoper, permit-required confined space, and OSHA training across Eastern Oklahoma.
Steven has been a certified CBRN / C-WMD hazardous materials instructor for U.S. Homeland Security at the Center for Domestic Preparedness,
Oklahoma State University Fire Service Training, and with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) serving in Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe to build and deliver curriculum, hazmat capable personnel, and the ability to sustain training through train the trainer programs.
Steven is a NOAA-certified CAMEO instructor and has taught for Louisiana State University across the United States and in Morocco and Kenya.
He has also taught the CAMEO suite through DTRA in Senegal, Albania, and Oman.
Steven holds an associate degree from Connors State College in Warner, Oklahoma, and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Homeland Security
from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
Steven served as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) briefing Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy on Emergency Planning and
Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) enhancement and federal engagement on the state and local level.
From beginning my instructional career with Oklahoma State University in 2008 all the way to working internationally by 2015, I strive to deliver the most up to date and useful information available for the first responder. With hazardous materials teams in five countries on three continents that I have mentored from infancy all the way to having their own instructional staff, I bring the same passion to instruction for the smallest volunteer fire department that I do for military groups and government agencies across the globe.
Steven maintains contact with almost all of his former students and assists with mitigation tactics through the website, www.cameotraining.com
With the website, we maintain one of the only current practice tests to become a NOAA certified instructor for the CAMEO suite of software.
Travels across Morocco for the last several years have been an eye opening experience for a guy that up until very recently barely left Oklahoma. From Tangiers to Marrakech, I've visited most of Morocco and it remains one of my favorite destinations.
Prague is by far my favorite destination to just relax and spend time wandering through history. My wife's family is actually from a village just a short drive outside town and one of the greatest things that I have been able to do was bring my mother-in-law to visit some of her family's historical homeland.
Don't tell these guys, but they are probably one of my proudest moments when it comes to my overseas teams and their progress. I started teaching these guys back in 2014 when they didn't even understand what hazmat was. We just took our first team of instructors and trained 400 Kenyan national police officers in hazmat awareness and have a fully functional hazmat team in the Kenyan Defense Force that has already responded to several incidents.
This group of guys have all the heart and most of the drive. The Dakar Fire Department has worked with me for the last several years and has taught me that even through major language barriers, training people to respond to disaster is a common denominator that can break down any barrier.
Even though so many cities in Europe have become just stop overs for me when I'm headed somewhere to teach, I always love the smile it gives my wife when I'm able to bring her over on the end of one of my trips and spend a week or two somewhere. We were actually at mass in Notre Dame the last Easter before it burned.
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