With over 20 years of Coast Guard experience, Randy T. Ashmore retired as Chief Petty Officer (CPO) before joining the EMSI team. While serving in the Coast Guard, Randy gained valuable experience during various assignments on ships, shore, and small boats, responding to a variety of incidents worldwide. His emergency response duties ranged from the Exxon Valdez grounding to the Ricin Response in Washington, D.C., and included numerous train derailments, vessel groundings, chemical releases, and several National Special Security Events (NSSE).
As a founding member of the Coast Guard’s International Maritime Law Enforcement Team and the International Training Division, Randy was critical to the establishment of their Maritime Security Response Team (MSRT) while also serving as their first Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Chief. While assigned to the MSRT, Randy’s primary role as a team leader was to develop his teams and train them in preparation for large scale incidents, typically with a homeland security nexus.
Similarly, Randy’s assignment to the Coast Guard’s prestigious National Strike Force’s Atlantic Strike Team for almost a decade found him regularly preparing countless Coast Guard units for scheduled and unplanned incidents through ICS and emergency management training. Based upon over fifteen years’ experience teaching and implementing the Incident Command System, Randy was consistently called upon during his Coast Guard career to help set up ICS initial responses and establish planning processes, thereby making the response mitigation efforts operate more effectively and efficiently.
Throughout his career, Randy routinely traveled to various countries where he taught and developed the host nation’s Coast Guard units across a myriad of topics, to include incident management and pollution response. He additionally developed courses for instructing foreign services in Security, SAR, HAZMAT, Oil Spill Response, and Medical and Law Enforcement.
Fluent in Spanish, Randy routinely teaches EMSI courses in the south and central Americas, as well as aiding in the development of courses for these audiences. Randy currently holds qualifications as a Type 1 Safety Officer, Type 2 Operations Section Chief, Type 2 Planning Section Chief, and Type 3 Communications Unit Leader. Additionally, he is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) through the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) and a Certified Environmental Safety and Health Trainer (CET), through National Environmental Safety and Health Trainers Association (NESHTA).