As the leading school transportation solutions provider in North America, First Student strives to provide the best start and finish to every school day. First Student completes six million student journeys each day, moving more passengers than all U.S. a
Gary CatapanoSenior Vice President, SafetySenior Vice President of Safety Gary Catapano joined FirstGroup America in 1995.His Shared Services accountabilities include serving as chair of FirstGroup America's Safety Council, which conducts thorough safety reviews for all FirstGroup America divisions.Gary also leads division-wide and field-level management of safety for First Student.Gary has worked for more than two decades as a transportation safety professional, holding senior executive positions for school transportation companies.Prior to his career in school transportation, he worked for 15 years as a consulting engineer in the nuclear power industry.Gary serves as a member of the Board of Delegates and formerly chaired the Transportation Safety Division of the National Safety Council (NSC).He currently serves as chair of the Safety and Security Committee for the National School Transportation Association (NSTA) and is a member of the National Association of Pupil Transportation (NAPT).
In 2011, the National Safety Council presented Gary with its Distinguished Service to Safety Award, the highest NSC honor given to an individual safety professional.
In 2010, he received the Golden Merit Award from the NSTA for service to school transportation operations and furthering safety on a national level.
Gary has authored many technical papers and manuals on school bus safety as well as co-authored a book on wheelchair transportation.
Because of his expertise, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) selected him for a two-year term on their Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee, where he serves as the school bus industry's representative.He also is a member of the steering committee for the National Congress on School Transportation, a position he has held for the last fifteen years.Gary holds a commercial driver's license and has completed thousands of hours of specialized safety training in subjects ranging from safety event and collision investigations to human factors and industrial hygiene.
He is also certified to teach and coach behavioral safety technologies.
Gary J. Catapano, Senior Vice President of Safety, First Group America, Inc.
As the Senior Vice-President of safety for First Group America, Gary is responsible for guiding the safety of North American Operations including Greyhound, First Student, First Transit and First Vehicle Services.
These operations span all of North America and involve over 100,000 employees operating from 1,800 locations in the US and Canada.
Gary also is the chair of First Americas Safety Council which provides a safety review function for all First America companies.As a member of the National Safety Council, Gary has served as past Chair of the School Transportation Section and currently serves as a member of the Board of Delegates along with being the Safety Council's representative to the Steering Committee to the National Congress on School Transportation.Gary also serves as the Vice Chair of the councils Transportation Safety Division.Gary has participated in the last two National School Transportation Congresses as a member of the New York State Delegation.
Gary is a member of the National School Transportation Association and currently serves as its Chair of the Safety and Security Committee.He is also a member of the National Association of Pupil Transportation.Gary has worked the last 17 years as a transportation safety professional holding senior executive positions for large transportation companies.He holds a commercial driver's license, is a Defensive Driving Instructor and a New York State Certified School Bus Instructor.Gary is an OSHA Outreach Trainer with special training in incident analysis and collision investigation, he has investigated over 400 bus collisions and safety events and has authored many technical papers and manuals on school bus safety as well as co-authored a book on wheelchair transportation.He is a frequent presenter at many national conferences and training events on transportation safety across North America.
Prior to his career in school transportation, Gary worked for 15 years as a Consulting Engineer in the nuclear power industry.
In this capacity, he worked with both startup and operating nuclear power facilities in the eastern U.S. Gary's work specialized in the area of on-site and off-site emergency planning and response.
Gary provided input to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on the development of Guidance for Emergency Planning at Nuclear Power Facilities.
In addition, Gary helped develop the concepts behind the creation of a joint media information center.
As an expert witness, he has provided testimony to the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board regarding emergency plans, procedures and human performance as well as communications to the public during an emergency.
Gary remains a member of the American Nuclear Society and holds a Senior Engineering Certification.
Mr. Catapano has over 14 years of school transportation and risk management experience.
He is currently the Chairman of the National Safety Councils School Transportation Section and a member of the National Association of Pupil Transportation.
Prior to his work in school transportation, he helped develop both onsite and offsite Emergency Plans and Safety Procedures for nuclear power facilities.
His office is located in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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