August Vernon is currently the Operations Officer for the Forsyth County Office of Emergency Management (NC). August returned to his position in 2005 at Emergency Management after a year in Iraq as a security contractor conducting route clearance and long-range convoy security operations for the U.S. Army. Vernon has been employed in Emergency Management for thirteen years and also served as a paid member of the fire service and a fire service instructor. He also served in the U.S. Army as a CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) Operations Specialist for 4 years.
August has given over 200 multi-agency presentations at classroom sessions, field training events, conferences, workshops, and seminars over the past 13 years. Mr. Vernon teaches courses in Incident Management, Mass Violence/Mass Shootings, Emergency & Crisis Management and Terrorism Planning-Response. Since 2004 he has served as technical reviewer for the development of seven different public safety training films produced by the Emergency Film Group.
August provides critical incident and crisis management planning, exercises and training at the local, regional, state and federal level. He has also written over 40 nationally published articles and is also author of the First Responders Critical Incident Field Guide published by Red Hat Publishing.