2012 OKSCAUG Keynote Presentation
Jon Hansen served 27 years on the Oklahoma City Fire Department where he rose through the ranks to Assistant Chief. Hansen served on the Incident Management team during the 1995 Murrah Building Bombing. In addition to his Command Team responsibilities, he also served as the media point of contact. When the F5 - F6 tornado (with the highest wind speeds ever recorded) devastated much of central Oklahoma, Hansen helped establish the Incident Management team to handle this which was once again, a major disaster.
He also responded to assist at the World Trade Center and to Hurricanes Charley, Ivan and Katrina. Because of his first-hand experience with large-scale natural and man-made incidents, Hansen was President Bush’s nominee for U.S. Fire Administrator, the highest position in the fire service, in 2000. He commuted to and from Washington, DC several months as a special consultant to the FEMA Director and testified before Congress, until family obligations caused him to return to Oklahoma.
Chief Hansen is currently the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Council on Firefighter Training and is a lead instructor for the Center for Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City campus. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program.