Phil Ambrose

Captain/Paramedic/Hazmat Specialist, Glendale (CA) Fire Department/

Phil Ambrose founded his company HazSim in 2011 and joined the Glendale (Calif.) Fire Department in 2001, where he serves as a fire captain, a paramedic and a hazmat specialist. Additionally, he spent eight years as a hazardous materials expert with UCLA. He also earned the FBI’s Exceptional Public Service Award for his work on their hazardous materials response team. Phil is also editor for, part of the Fire Engineering Blog Network and will be teaching for the third time in a row at FDIC 2019.

In addition to founding HazSim and HazMatNation, Phil Ambrose is a Fire Captain/Hazardous Materials Specialist for a metropolitan fire department in Southern California. Prior to joining the fire service, Phil held positions within EH&S and Hazardous/Radioactive materials management with the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and biotech leader, Amgen. As Hazardous Waste Manager/ Hazardous Materials Specialist for UCLA, Phil served as training officer for the UCLA Hazardous Materials Response Team (HMRT), was UCLAs representative for a system-wide hazardous waste committee which included National Labs, and managed the removal of chemical, radioactive and biological waste from the campus and the UCLA Medical Center.

Phil received the Exceptional Public Service Award from the United States Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) for serving as a training liaison to their Hazardous Materials Response Team, and is currently the Board Secretary of the LA Based Consortium of Technical Responders (CTR). Phil has had positions in several areas of hazardous materials; including waste management, radiation safety, training, and regulatory management within University, Hospital, Industry, and Municipal jurisdictions since 1994. Phil has trained members of fire, law enforcement, and Industry and is a certified outreach instructor. Phil holds a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Loyola Marymount University, is a certified Paramedic, and holds several Hazardous Materials certifications. He has also conducted hundreds of hands-on training courses around the nation. The HazSim system is in use in municipal, military and private venues across the U.S. and was granted three U.S. Patents.

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