Richard Rigdon, Lead Training Specialist/SME

Richard Rigdon is a Lead Training Specialist and Subject Matter Expert for Public Safety Specialists. He is responsible for course preparation, development and instruction of safety topics for Bracken Engineering Employee’s and their clients. Richard is a knowledgeable public safety leader with strong organizational and leadership skills; extensive experience in public safety supervision, grants management, and public speaking; effective in the implementation of innovative programs and initiatives with considerable success in managing large organizations; viewed as a troubleshooter; self-motivated and proactive in utilizing resources to produce optimum results in an operational environment.

Prior to joining Bracken Engineering Inc., Richard began as a Firefighter for Hillsborough County Fire Rescue (HCFR) in Tampa, FL (1993 – 2009). He later became Driver or Engineer for HCFR (2009-2015) and was responsible for the operation of fire department apparatus in a safe, efficient and competent manner. In 2015, Richard then was promoted to Fire Captain: Hazmat-Tech Rescue (2015- Present). 

Through Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, Richard assisted the University of South Florida with research related to Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue. The work consisted of assisting the researchers in acclimating to the Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) environment. The research culminated with the response of the research team to the World Trade Center on 9/12/2001 and the response with Florida US&R Task Force-3 (FL-TF3) to numerous hurricanes in 2004 and 2005. Richard’s special operations training and experience has included involvement with OSHA standards associated with the general and construction industries. It has also allowed him to see the impact of the improper application of the standards.


Disaster response, US&R operations, project management, client and relationship management, grants management, occupational safety, crisis communications, strategic advising, training, procurement, Homeland Security, HazMat, active shooter planning/response


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