Ed Klima, CEM

Ed Klima has served as the Managing Director of the FRCE since its inception in 2016.  He  began his public safety career as a volunteer firefighter in Delaware in 1988 and became a career firefighter in Fairfax County, Virginia in 1997.  Unfortunately, a back injury cut his career short in Fairfax County and he entered the private sector to focus on emergency and public safety management for major special events.

His event experience includes numerous major sporting and entertainment events, including the Philadelphia Eagles, the U.S. Open Tennis Championships, NFL Pro Bowl and Super Bowl where he has been a lead coordinator in the emergency planning process for the past fifteen years.  As the Senior Director of Public Safety and Track Operations for Dover Motorsports and Dover Downs Hotel and Casino he oversaw emergency preparedness planning and operations at several motorsports facilities across the U.S. as well as a comprehensive safety and security program for a multi-faceted sporting and entertainment complex in Delaware.  In addition, he specializes in emergency preparedness and capabilities assessments and the development of comprehensive public/private partnerships in emergency preparedness and response for large scale mass gathering events.

As a public safety professional, he has nearly 30 years of experience as an emergency planner, fire fighter, hazardous material technician, EMT and fire inspector.  Mr. Klima has served as the External Affairs Director for the Congressional Fire Services Institute.  He was an original member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 610 Committee, Safety at Motorsports Venues and the NASCAR Security Council and currently serves on NFPA 1585, Standard on Contamination Control.  He has also served as Vice Chair for the IAVM Academy for Venue Safety and Security. A member of various state and local committees, Mr. Klima currently serves on the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisory Council for Delaware and continues to assist his local fire department in Newark, Delaware as Board of Director member.

Mr. Klima holds two Bachelor degrees from the University of Delaware as well as a Masters degree in Public Safety Management from Saint Joseph’s University.

His back injury led him to become an advocate for health and wellness for first responders and enjoys mountain biking, hiking and spending time at the beach with his family.