John Kwietniak

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As a 27-year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and over 15 years in the oil industry, John has spent most of his career working in the Marine Safety and Environmental Protection mission areas, bringing this wealth of knowledge and experience to EMSI and our clients.

Throughout his Coast Guard career, John gained vast experience in pollution and emergency response as he ascended the ranks. His progression culminated in his assignment as Supervisor of Marine Safety Detachment, Kenai, AK, where he was responsible for all port operations, regulatory enforcement, inspections, and environmental response throughout his area of operations. Indicative of his forward thinking, John was one of the principal architects of CANUSLAK90, a field and command post exercise of the Joint Canada-United States Marine Pollution Contingency Plan with over 32 participating U.S. and Canadian federal, state, provincial, and local agencies. This was the first organized use of the Incident Command System (ICS) for such an incident after adopting it from the fire service. Three days after the exercise, many of these Michigan-based exercise participants were involved in the response to the explosion, burning, and sinking of the T/V Jupiter, where John and his partners successfully used ICS to quickly meld dozens of organizations and hundreds of people into a single, coordinated response organization.

John also spent over 15 years in the oil industry, where he managed and supervised contingency planning and response activities. Applying his knowledge of ICS to the oil industry, John established training for and oversaw the development of the company’s Crisis Management Team. He also created a company specific ICS training program and developed, facilitated, and conducted training and while planning several large-scale exercises, including two area exercises and three Prince William Sound exercises. Always seeking process improvement, John was recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard for his development of industry ICS forms that shepherded the company towards ICS implementation.

Earning qualifications in Marine Inspection and Investigation, Port Operations, and Environmental Protection, John responded to and supervised several major incidents, including multiple pipeline spills, the T/V Puerto Rican (fire and spill response), T/V Jupiter (fire, explosion & spill response), and the T/V Exxon Valdez responses. In addition to his extensive experience in Contingency Plan writing, he also drafted an OSRO Technical Manual that spells out specific OSRO tactics. John has recently been instrumental in developing policy and contingency plans for our oil industry clients.