TITLE: Principal Consultant
PHONE: 800-231-9106 x 125
OFFICE LOCATION: Corporate Headquarters: Charlotte, NC
Jim Groves, MA, BS, CEM is a Principal Consultant with Threat Suppression, Incorporated. Jim focuses on incident command and control, emergency management at large-scale events, hazardous materials response training, and Homeland Security Exercises and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) compliance with client contracts.
Mr. Groves started his career in the volunteer fire and emergency medical services in 1984. He was certified as a North Carolina Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Intermediate Medical Technician, and Firefighter Level I & II. In 1993, Mr. Groves began his career in the Emergency Management profession when he became the Emergency Management Coordinator for Durham County, North Carolina. Inclusive of his duties was the developing the County's first OSHA safety program, and managing the North Carolina Hazardous Materials Regional Response Team #4, with responsibilities for 11 counties in central North Carolina. As part of these duties, Jim was certified as a North Carolina Hazardous Materials Technician and then as a Hazardous Materials Specialist. In 2003, Jim was appointed as the Emergency Services Director for Lee County, North Carolina with responsibility for Emergency Management, Fire Marshal, Emergency Medical Services interface, and the Harris Nuclear Power Plant off-site emergency preparedness.
Jim departed from public service in 2007 to join the ICF International consulting firm in the Washington, D.C. area. While there, Jim supported the development and delivery of over 100 all-hazard exercise-based training courses for FEMA's Emergency Management Institute (EMI), Joint Field Office (JFO), Regional Response Coordination Center (RRCC), Incident Management Assistance Teams (IMAT), and Headquarters. Jim has delivered training and exercises for 30 State Emergency Operation Centers (EOC) in the United States. Jim also developed and delivered education and training internationally as part of the Department of State's Anti-Terrorism Initiative.
In 2013, Jim returned to public service and now serves as the Emergency Services Director for a local county government in North Carolina. In this new role, Jim is currently responsible for leading a staff of over 130 encompassing the 9-1-1 Communication, EMS, Fire Marshal, and Emergency Management divisions. Jim has managed the implementation of state of the art 9-1-1 Computer Automated Dispatch software, automated vehicle location (AVL) for dispatching the closest unit to the call, co-location of EMS units with their fire department counterparts, and implemented a countywide incident management structure and active shooter/active assailant that is utilized by 9-1-1, law enforcement, Fire, and EMS.
Jim has extensive hands-on experience, responding to and recovering from: workplace homicides, hazardous materials (Hazmat) incidents, explosive devices (improvised and commercial), Weather events (flood, hurricane, tornado, and winter storm), search and rescue incidents, and potential weapons of mass destruction (WMD) incidents. He has management level operational response experience, including Hurricane Fran (Durham, NC – 1996) as the EOC Manager, Floyd (Tarboro, NC – 1997) as the Hazmat Group Supervisor, and Bonnie (Union County, NC – 1998) as the Damage Assessment Group Supervisor. He also has several Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) deployments; Florida Bunnel Complex (1998 Wildfires) as the NC Task Force #3 Team Leader, Charlotte County Florida, (2004 Hurricane Charley) as the EOC Planning Section Chief, and the 2014 Presidentially-Declared winter storm emergency as an EOC Manager. Jim can be reached at jgroves@ThreatSuppression.com.