2012 NSC Congress & Expo

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Gary Catapano

Gary Catapano
Senior VP of Safety
First Student, Inc.

Gary has worked the last 15 years as a school transportation safety professional. He holds a commercial driver’s license, is a Defensive Driving Instructor and a New York State Certified School Bus Instructor. Gary is an OSHA Outreach Trainer with special training in incident analysis and collision investigation, he has investigated over 400 school bus collisions and safety events and has authored many technical papers and manuals on school bus safety as well as co-authored a book on wheelchair transportation. He has presented at national conferences and training events on school bus safety across North America. As a member of the National Safety Council, Gary has served as past Chair of the School Transportation Section and currently serves as an advisor to the Board of Delegates and a member of the Home and Community Safety Venue along with being the Safety Council’s representative to the Steering Committee to the National Congress on School Transportation. Gary has participated in the last two congresses as a member of the New York State Delegation. Gary is a member of the National School Transportation Association and currently serves as its Chair of the Safety and Security Committee. Gary is also a member of the National Association of Pupil Transportation. Prior to his career in school transportation, Gary worked for 15 years as a Consulting Engineer in the nuclear power industry. In this capacity, he worked with both startup and operating nuclear power facilities in the eastern US. Gary’s work specialized in the area of on-site and off-site emergency planning and response. Gary provided input to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on the development of Guidance for Emergency Planning at Nuclear Power Facilities. In addition, Gary helped develop the concepts behind the creation of a joint media information center. As an expert witness, he has provided testimony to the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board regarding emergency plans, procedures and human performance as well as communications to the public during an emergency. Gary remains a member of the American Nuclear Society and holds a Senior Engineering Certification.

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