GS&H got its beginnings some 15 years ago as Joe Griffith was working as an Operations Manager for a Bio Hazardous Disposal company. While functioning as OSHA trainer and operations manager, Joe began to see his career in fire safety take shape. As the company was sold to an out of state competitor, Joe began his career as a Firefighter/EMT. Today, Joe is a Manatee County Firefighter, Manatee County Honor Guard Member and a member of the Manatee County Hazmat Team.
Three years ago Joe began working for Kennedy and Associates Fire Investigation in Sarasota, Florida. As a Fire Investigator and Associate to Patrick Kennedy, Joe was able to learn many things in the area of fire investigation and litigation. Through analyzing hundreds of hours of data, Joe has an eye for spotting risk. It became clear to Joe that anyone can become a target if the proper steps are not taken to protect their assets.
Joe began as an instructor in the United States Air Force in 1989. Teaching both small arms and heavy weapons to base personnel, Joe has a long history of classroom and field experience. While on base, Joe taught over 10,000 students.
Joe has extensive classroom and field experience in addition to his safety knowledge. Some of his certifications include:
• Fire Officer II
• Fire Investigator I
• AHA BLS Instructor
• Fire Safety Inspector I
• Fire Service Instructor I
• Live Fire Adjunct Instructor
• State of Florida EMT-(EMT-305812)
• Certified Fire Investigation Instructor-(CFII)
• Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator-(CFEI)
• 10-30 Hour OSHA Authorized Construction Trainer
• Hazmat Life Safety and Command – Train the Trainer
• Combat Arms Training and Maintenance Specialist Course (USAF)
• National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications – Fire Instructor
• Center for Domestic Preparedness/FEMA – Instructor Training Certification
Joe recently returned from an intensive training program at Homeland Security/FEMA and is now recognized as a qualified professional instructor. He has been invited to join the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) Mobile Training Team (MTT) to travel across the United States and the U.S. Territories, to teach various response disciplines, such as Emergency Management, Law Enforcement, Public Health, and Public Safety Communications.