Richard J (Rick) Larkin, MA, CEM® Expert Witness
Curriculum Vitae

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  • Company: Larkin and Associates, LLC DBA Beacon Safety Services
  • Phone: 952-292-9013

Specialties & Experience of this Expert Witness

General Specialties:

Emergency Preparedness and Safety

Keywords/Search Terms:

Emergency Plans, OSHA, Workplace Safety, Incident Inv., Disaster, Incident Mgt, Crisis Mgt, Emergency Procedures, Special Event Emergency Response, Incident Command System, Failure to Plan, Evacuation, Hazard Analysis, Negligence, Emergency Services, Major Event Emergency Operations, Preparedness


Master of Arts, Public Safety Administration , St Mary’s University, Mpls, MN; Bachelors, Organizational Management and Communication , Concordia University, St Paul, MN

Years in Practice:


Additional Information

I am a Certified Emergency Manager® (CEM), awarded and recognized by the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) and am able to translate “theory-to-practice”; while relying on my numerous years of experience and knowledge of complex industry standards to provide clear, understandable and practical assessment and advice. I am currently a certified Emergency Medical Technician - Basic, following 33 years as a certified Paramedic. Over 35 years experience in emergency services operations and management, (Fire/Rescue, Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Preparedness/Disaster Management). Hundreds of emergency responses to fires, rescues, emergency medical, and critical incidents. Significant involvement in major disaster response, training and exercises. Broad experience in planning and preparedness for large-scale planned events and event operations coordination ranging from a multi-day State Fair with 1 million attendees, to civil unrest, and sporting events. Numerous certifications in Emergency Management, Emergency Planning and Preparedness courses, Incident Management, as well as Instructor qualifications. Experience in creating a regional EMS system in training, system protocols, and regional Mass Casualty Incident response planning. Extensive experience in Emergency Management and Business Continuity Industry Standards development and implementation. Participated as a member of Industry Standard Development Organizations (Technical Committee for the NFPA 1600 Standard on Emergency Management and Business Continuity, ISO 22301, Emergency Management Accreditation Program), including leading a Standards Development Committee. Qualified Business Continuity Management System (BCMS), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) , and International Standards Organization (ISO) 22301 Lead Auditor Co-Author - “Critical Infrastructure: The Platforms For A Successful Development Of Nations Security” Contributing Author - "Critical Infrastructure: Concept and Security challenges" and "The External Dimension of the European Union’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Programme: From Neighbouring Frameworks to Transatlantic Cooperation (1st ed.)" Examples of practical experience and applied skills: Community-based Emergency Preparedness Plans – reviewed, evaluated, and developed multiple emergency management plans. Emergency Management Plan and Program review as a compliance reviewer/assessor of Emergency Management Programs for public and private sector programs from 2004-2018, involving 12 jurisdictions including states, counties, cities, as well as private sector entities and “pilot programs” in Emergency Management compliance. Developed and managed the Consequence Management Planning process and Emergency Operations for major events including Multi-Agency Planning and Coordination 2008 Republican National Convention, multiple dignitary/VIP events - US President and Vice-Presidential visits, major planned community events (Red Bull United States and World Championship “Crashed Ice” sporting events and others) Major Event Emergency Plans (Spontaneous and Planned) Minnesota State Fair Emergency Management Manual and Event Operations Center Manager Emergency Preparedness Response & Operations Emergency Planning Requirements and Industry Standards Emergency Services Policies & Procedures Exercises, Drills Disaster Response (local, regional, national) Emergency Incident review and After-Action Reporting/Incident Response Review Emergency Program Accreditation Assessments and Reporting