Michael J. Kelly



Bachelor of Arts (Business Administration, Fire Service Management), Southern Illinois University

Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal certifications:

  • Confined Space and Trench Awareness
  • Vertical Technical Rescue
  • Advanced Confined Space Technical Rescue
  • Trench Technical Rescue
  • Hazardous Material Response Operations
  • Hazardous Material Incident Command
  • Rescue Specialist – Roadway Extrication

Additional Certifications:
Weapons of Mass Destruction Emergency Traffic Control


Provides loss control consulting and training on confined space entry and rescue, trenching/excavation, respirator use, fire brigade activities, emergency traffic control, and other life safety/technical rescue areas. Well versed in writing standard operating procedures and policies regarding these areas of expertise, along with emergency response activities and protective clothing/equipment requirements. 

Retired as a Battalion Chief (after 30 years of service) from a municipal, full-service fire department located in the Chicagoland area. Served as the fire department's Training Officer, Equipment Coordinator, and Technical Rescue Coordinator. Has worked extensively as a Certification Specialist for the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal. 

Served as a member of the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal Ad Hoc Committee for developing technical rescue certification and curriculum. Spoke at the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (2003 and 2004) regarding Chapter 6I and emergency responders and selected to the Federal Highway Committee in 2005.

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