Brian Crisan is a part-time graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy/counseling at The University of Akron.  In December 2012, he earned a bachelor of science degree in emergency management and homeland security with a minor in fire protection technology.  Since 2004, he has worked as a public safety telecommunicator.  He also briefly served as a volunteer firefighter and Nationally Registered emergency medical technician with a rural fire department in northeast Ohio.

Brian has attended numerous law enforcement training seminars.  In December 2009, Brian attended a 40 hour Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) course normally reserved for law enforcement officers.  During the course, a number of experts discussed a variety of mental illnesses and students had an opportunity to practice de-escalation skills with role-players during simulated mental health calls.  In May 2011, Brian attended a course titled, “Technical Emergency Response Training (TERT) for CBRNE Incidents” at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Alabama.  During the TERT course, Brian had an opportunity to train at the Chemical, Ordnance, Biological and Radiological (COBRA) training facility, which is the only facility in the United States that trains civilian responders in a truly toxic environment.  Other topics studied include: hostage negotiation, domestic violence intervention, suicide intervention, Alzheimer’s and dementia, homicide call analysis, deception detection, vehicle pursuits, and active shooting response.

From 2006-2012, Brian studied emergency management at the University of Akron.  In 2007, he completed an internship with the Office of Emergency Management in the University of Akron’s Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (EOHS).  During his internship, he helped develop a response plan for a critical campus building and participated in other emergency planning activities.  For a few years after completing his internship, Brian continued to assist UA’s emergency management coordinator with functional exercises conducted as a part of an Emergency Response, Preparedness, and Planning course.  In November 2010, Brian assisted with a functional exercise for University staff.  Brian has also participated in exercises at the Cleveland Clinic and at the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron (ABIA).

From 2010 to 2013, Brian was active with the UA student chapter of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM).  He traveled to the parent organization’s annual conference three times: once in San Antonio (2010), once in Las Vegas (2011), and once in Orlando (2012).  During his tenure with IAEM, Brian demonstrated his leadership skills with the group by earning positions of progressive responsibility.  He was appointed IAEM’s public relations representative in April 2011, Vice President in January 2012, and served as the group’s President from May 2012 to May 2013.  Under his leadership, the UA chapter was recognized by the IAEM Student Council as the 2012 Chapter of the Year in an awards ceremony at the annual conference in Orlando, Florida.  One year earlier, Brian wrote the winning nomination that led to recognition for Dr. Robert M. Schwartz as the 2011 Chapter Advisor of the Year.

Brian has also attended other conferences, including: Ohio LinuxFest (2006, 2010) in Columbus, Ohio; the Fire Department Instructor’s Conference (FDIC) (2011) in Indianapolis, Indiana; the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) Conference (2011) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and the Governor’s Hurricane Conference (2012) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Brian is also an atheist and skeptic.  In October 2012, he was interviewed by Kim Lawton for a story on the rise of the religiously unaffiliated in politics for the PBS show Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly.  Brian is a member of the University of Akron’s chapter of the Secular Student Alliance and the Cleveland Skeptics.  He has also attended the Reason Rally (2012) in Washington D.C. and Skepticon 5 (2012) in Springfield, Missouri.

In his spare time, Brian enjoys bowling, billiards, live comedy acts, rock concerts, talk radio, and non-fiction books.  He also has an interest in technology-oriented topics, particularly with respect to cryptography.

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