TITLE: Principal Consultant
PHONE: 800-231-9106 x 121
OFFICE LOCATION: Corporate Headquarters: Charlotte, NC
Kent Davis, MPA, BS, EFO, CFO is a Principal Consultant with Threat Suppression, Incorporated. Kent focuses on joint public safety active shooter response, response to complex-coordinated attacks, fire-as-weapon response, response to large-scale civil unrest, and incident command at large-scale incidents.
Kent served seven years in the United States Air Force Reserves with the 437th Military Airlift Wing, where he received an honorable discharge at the rank of Staff Sergeant. Kent was responsible for supervising maintenance and flight inspections on multi-million dollar aircraft.
Kent is a 30-year veteran of the fire service with 25 years' experience with a major metropolitan career fire department in the Southeast. As a firefighter, Kent was assigned to both a busy ladder company and one of two heavy rescue companies in the city. As a captain, Kent served on one of the heavy rescue companies leading responses for complex, technical rescues and city-wide major emergencies. Kent was promoted out of the rescue company to battalion chief in 2003. Kent then spent almost a decade commanding the downtown battalion which is one of the highest call volume battalion chief positions in the Southeast. The downtown battalion contains numerous high-rise buildings, a National Football League stadium, National Basketball Association arena, AA baseball stadium, three major hospitals, and four college campuses. Kent has been the incident commander of numerous multiple alarm incidents; including fires, mass casualty incidents, building collapses, and multiple technical rescue incidents. In 2015, Kent was promoted to Division Chief, where he is the shift commander for one of three shifts. Each shift is responsible for running more than 45,000 emergencies each year.
Kent is also the fire department lead on a city/county active shooter taskforce. The taskforce is responsible for the development of a unified public safety active shooter tactical response protocol for one of the United States' largest cities and county with a population of more than one million people. In addition, Kent works with police Special Operations units to create response plans for fire-as-a-weapon incident and other law enforcement/fire integrated special operations events. Kent served as the fire department incident commander for a reported active shooter event at a large mall occupied with 15,000 shoppers on Christmas Eve, 2015. One person was killed and seventeen were injured in the event.In 2019, Kent served as a deputy incident commander at a university active shooter event, in which two people were killed and four others shot.
Kent is assigned to a state Urban Search and Rescue Taskforce where he is a Taskforce Leader overseeing the deployment of a Type I USAR team. Kent is a public safety diver and the program coordinator for a public safety dive program. This dive program consists of more than 100 divers from the fire service and law enforcement. This dive program is responsible for numerous responses each year, both locally and regionally.
Kent has an undergraduate degree in criminal justice and a Master's of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is a graduate of the United States Fire Administration's Executive Fire Officer Program where he conducted research on the response to active shooter events. He has the Chief Fire Officer designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence. Kent can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.