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APS Safety is a small business (WBE/DBE) based in Milford, Massachusetts, USA.  In addition to our in-house expertise, we partner with a number of firms and colleagues around the world to provide the best team possible to successfully accomplish each project. 

Our outstanding team has the credentials and experience that you need to achieve your goals.

 

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Patricia R. Kreckie, BS Mathematics, MS Engineering Sciences  -   President

Pat serves as ARFF Professional Services' President and Project Manager.  Pat has directed and managed projects, including multi-million dollar contracts, in the defense and industry sectors for over twenty years.  Her extensive experience spans the full spectrum of research and development of advanced technologies, ranging from requirements definition and procurement activities through system implementation, integration and acceptance.  She has developed and monitored project schedules, milestones, budgets and spending, ensured contractual compliance, and served as the primary interface with the customer for all programmatic, financial and logistic contractual elements.  She has served in a consultant role to the government and transportation agencies, primarily airports, and has been an invited speaker to a diverse array of conferences/forums.   Ms. Kreckie has a Master's Degree in Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and Paralegal Certification from Boston University.

In 1997, Pat was elected as the first female Director on the Aircraft Rescue Firefighting Working Group (ARFFWG) Board of Directors, an international non-profit organization.  The ARFFWG is dedicated to advance the science of aviation fire protection and prevention.  Pat continues to serve the ARFFWG as annual conference committee staff.  She has been involved with ARFF technology since 1995 when she managed the product development of a system to improve low visibility response to ARFF.  Pat has served as an advisor on the NFPA 414 Committee and was featured in a Discovery Channel special on advanced technologies used in fires.  She has conducted training for ARFF-related advanced technology, as well as first responder training.  Pat currently is the Project Manager for a variety of ARFF projects.

 You can contact Pat directly at apssafety@gmail.com.

 

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 	Jack Kreckie  - Chief of
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Jack Kreckie is the Chief of Operations of ARFF Professional Services, LLC.  Jack is a 33-year veteran of emergency services, retiring from the fire service in 2007.  Jack began as an instructor in 1976 teaching CPR in the community within which he served on private ambulances. Training throughout his fire service career became a highlight to regular duty, teaching and lecturing across North America, Southest Asia and Denmark on fire service topics.  His articles have been published in a variety of trade journals and he is a contributing author to two books. 

Safety is the basic foundation of a career in public service.  Jack has been a key player in raising the bar in aviation safety throughout his career.  Active in a number of organizations and committees, he is well known in the aviation industry for his work in Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting (ARFF), as well as airport ramp safety. Jack is a Certified OSHA Outreach Trainer, providing workplace safety training and consulting services to Industry. 

As a consultant, he brings over 30 years experience in aviation, the fire service and safety management.  As a speaker and trainer, his combined skills, experience and passion result in dynamic presentations and effective training programs.

Jack has served as an ARFF Subject Matter Expert (SME) as a contractor to the FAA in the development of a number of high profile projects.  Jack contributed the script and served as SME during the filming, editing and production of two FAA ARFF Training Films, which were distributed to ARFF Departments throughout the world.  The first training DVD, "Introduction to ARFF", received a "Silver Telley", which is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon non-broadcast film makers.  The second training video provides guidance on three ARFF subjects:  Aircraft Forcible Entry, High Reach Extendable Turrets, and Cargo Aircraft fires.  This film has been hailed as the "best training ever released" by the FAA related to ARFF.  Jack has authored or updated a number of FAA Advisory Circulars related to ARFF. 

In 2009, Jack received the first "ARFF Legends Award" , a lifetime achievement award from the ARFF Working Group (ARFFWG) Board of Directors.  A past Chairman of the ARFFWG, he has served as the organization's Regulatory Officer since 2001.

Currently Jack is serving as lead on two FAA research projects, New Large Aircraft (NLA) Firefighting Tactics and Strategies, and Cargo Aircraft Fire Fighting Tactics and Strategies.  APS is developing fire test plans and technical reports, and coordinating full scale fire tests to satisfy these projects.

Jack has provided services to a number of airports regarding evaluation of Part 139 compliance related to ARFF.  He has contributed to the development of water rescue plans, and served as an executive recruiter for Chief Fire Officers, sat on promotional review panels, and organized and conducted educational seminars and excercises for airports and universities. 

 

You can contact Jack directly at apssafety@gmail.com.