Shawn Kelley | Employment Testing Specialist
Shawn has assisted IPMA-HR in the past as a public safety consultant. He has participated in and managed public safety assessment centers. He has extensive experience working with public safety organizations at the local, state and federal agency levels, as well as non-government public safety organizations.
Shawn has over 40 years of experience in public safety where he has held the positions of firefighter, paramedic, law enforcement officer, fire and building official, and bomb technician. He has progressively obtained the rank of Assistant Fire Chief/Chief Fire Marshal in an urban fire department.
Shawn has an associate’s degree in Emergency Medical Management and is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officers program at the National Fire Academy.
Shawn is a 28-year veteran of the Arlington County, VA Fire Department. He retired in 2006 as an Assistant Fire Chief, Chief Fire Marshal and a certified law enforcement officer. His last 20 months he was also the Chief Building Official. Shawn was a nationally registered EMT paramedic for 18 years and founder of the Department’s Technical Rescue Team. He was the County’s first certified fire protection specialist and certified fire and explosives investigator. His last six years he was also a certified bomb technician and commander of the Department’s bomb squad, which was responsible for such buildings as Reagan National Airport, The Pentagon, CIA and National Foreign Affairs Training Center.
As the chairman of the Emergency Services Sector Coordinating Council for Infrastructure Protection for DHS, Shawn represented 3.2 million first responders nationwide.
Shawn was one of the two key incident commanders on the scene at the Pentagon on 9-11 and throughout the event. He later testified before the 9-11 Commission in New York City regarding Arlington County’s response efforts; and he has presented at hundreds of meetings and conferences regarding this event.
Shawn works for New Mexico Tech as an instructor and pre and post blast explosives subject matter expert. He also works for the DHS Office for Bombing Prevention on the Multi-Jurisdictional IED response program.