Louis Molino, 49, of College Station, TX, training program manager to Fire & Safety Specialists, Inc., and a technical editor for Industrial Fire World, died Friday, July 4, 2014, in Hearne, TX.
Molino was a 27 year veteran emergency services provider. He served in suburban, rural, and urban environments in varied capacities from field provider to chief officer. He began his emergency services career as a junior volunteer firefighter in New Jersey and had worked in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut and Texas as both a career and volunteer fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Provider since 1981. He had served in nearly every aspect of fire and EMS operations and administration.
He had been published in national trade magazines including the Journal of Emergency Medical Services, EMS 1, Homeland First Responder, The Voice and Instructor among others. Molino was also a contributor, reviewer and editor for a number of magazines and books. He served as the technical editor for Homeland First Responder magazine as well as Industrial Fire World. He recently contributed a chapter on ventilation to the Industrial Fire Brigade: Principles and Practice textbook published by Jones & Bartlett in conjunction with the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the National Fire Protection Association. In 2006 his academic textbook Emergency Incident Management Systems: Fundamentals and Applications was published by John Wiley & Son’s. He also contributed to Foundations of EMS Systems, published by Brady.
Molino had been involved in planning and facilitating over 50 high level federally coordinated exercises in response to the planning needs of several major cities including New York City, Baltimore, and Houston. While employed at the Texas Engineering Extension Service, a division of the Texas A&M University System, Molino helped to pilot test a major U.S. Department of Homeland Security funded training simulator. This simulator was specifically designed to train all disciplines of emergency responders in high-end applications of and the use of emergency incident management systems (ICS) at large scale disasters involving weapons of mass destruction in a virtual reality environment.
His son recalls a bracelet he always wore, it said “Everyone goes home”. “My dad always gave himself the title “A Texan with a Jersey attitude”. That couldn’t be closer to the truth.”
Survivors include his children, Kevin, Louis Jr., Patty and Christina, and one grandchild. Molino was preceded in death by his wife Cynthia, who died in 2002.
Submitted to NEMSM August 2014 by Mark Peck, EMT-P