Executive Director & All-Hazards Psychological Trauma Responder K9 First Responders, Inc. (K9FR)
Mr. Cole is K9FR’s subject matter expert and thought leader. He has 35 years experience in the security, crisis management and investigative professions.
A first responder to the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, Mr. Cole’s deployments include Pittsburgh, PA synagogue shooting, Boston Marathon bombings, Las Vegas concert massacre, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting as well as peer support for public safety. He was deployed to Smyrna, DE to assist in the aftermath of the 19 hour prison siege, hostage taking and homicide.
Mr. Cole is a member of the American Society for Industrial Security, Boston Medical Reserve Corps and Boston Public Health Commission – Office of Public Health Preparedness – Disaster Behavioral Health Crisis Response Group. Group Leader for K9FR’s Rapid Intervention Go Team. He is a member of Critical Incidents Teams for PD, FD, EMS, and DOC as well. His training includes Psychological First Aid (PFA), Post Traumatic Stress Management (PTSM), National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS). He is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and principal of Diogenes LLC, a boutique investigative agency focusing on white collar crime.
K9 First Responders, Inc. (K9FR) is a non-profit Critical Incident Mental Health Support (CIMHS) organization. K9FR Teams bridge the gap between a traumatic event and the connection to mental health services. A compassionate trauma informed presence leveraging the human-canine bond helping restore a person’s emotional and cognitive equilibrium. They currently serve 80+ agencies across 7 states.