Brian P. Duggan
Brian P. Duggan retired from the Fire Department in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he instituted substantial changes to modernize and restructure the entire department including equipment, facilities, personnel, and training. In conjunction with his staff, Brian integrated Emergency Medical Services (EMS) into the organization and created a regional Advanced Life Support (ALS) Program that currently serves 18 communities within the Northampton Area. He formerly commanded the Northborough, Massachusetts, Fire Department, and has significant experience with the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services where over three decades, he held several key positions. Following his retirement, Brian has continued his active fire service involvement by serving as both a volunteer chief fire officer and through continuing to develop training and certification programs as a program Coordinator for the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services.
Mr. Duggan developed and directed the Graduate and Undergraduate Fire Science Programs at Anna Maria College in Paxton Massachusetts from 1995 - 2003. Mr. Duggan has a Business Management/Fire Science degree from Providence College and a Master’s Degree of Business Administration (MBA) from Nichols College in Dudley, Massachusetts. He is also a graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program and the Senior Executive Program for State and Local Leaders at Harvard University. In December 2012, Mr. Duggan received a Master’s Degree in Homeland Security through the Naval Post Graduate School based in Monterey, California, where his thesis entitled “Enhancing Decision-making during the First Operational Period of Surge Events” was selected as an outstanding thesis. He was one of the first fire service professionals to be designated as a Chief Fire Officer by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International.
Brian led the Massachusetts fire service through his affiliation as Chairman of the Fire Chief Association of Massachusetts Technology Committee and as a Regional Director on the Massachusetts State Fire Mobilization Committee. Mr. Duggan has authored several publications, inclusive of writing Section 7, Chapter 3, Fire Department Information Systems, in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Editions of the National Fire Protection Association’s Fire Protection Handbook. Chief Duggan has been affiliated with MRI as a subject matter advisor since 2002 and he has served as Director of Fire Services since 2015. Currently, Mr. Duggan is regarded as an expert specific to fire service response to photovoltaic and battery energy storage system (BESS) emergencies. He has developed several nationwide training programs providing first responders with new insight on these emerging challenges.