Chad Green brings a very unique background to MATR. Chad has been in the fire and rescue service for 30 years and has been involved with heavy rescue work since 1994. He is currently the Chief of the Union Bridge Fire Department in Carroll County, Maryland and has held that rank for nearly 20 years. While a small, rural department, the UBFD runs dozens of tractor trailer and other heavy vehicle accidents each year due to their proximity to several industrial operations and heavily traveled trucking routes. Chad has also been a part of the Carroll County Advanced Technical Rescue Team since its inception in 1994. In his early years at UB, he helped bring the first heavy rescue squad to the department. He was also an integral part of the purchase of a new heavy rescue in 2006 and he continues to improve the unit’s inventory and layout and strives to see that his members have the equipment and training required to conduct heavy rescue operations. As such, Chad was instrumental in the formation of MATR! It was his ideas that brought the first Heavy Truck Extrication program to Union Bridge and the surrounding departments in 2009. It was through Chads interactions with Mike Green and Jason Masters that the first program was organized and MATR was born. We are forever grateful to him for that.
In addition to his technical rescue and fire service experience, Chad also has considerable industrial lifting and rigging experience. Chad’s full-time profession is as the Safety Manager for the Lehigh/Hanson Cement Manufacturing Plant in Union Bridge. This large industrial facility handles every phase of the manufacturing process from the initial mining to product distribution and thus is a technical rescuer’s “dream playground”. He has worked there for over 25 years in various supervisory capacities, and in addition to his normal responsibilities, he also oversees an in-house technical rescue response team. He routinely supervises critical lifting operations, often involving loads of over 50 tons. This profession often prevents him from being able to teach full weekend courses, but you can typically find him helping out and filling in on a day by day basis whenever possible. He lives in Union Bridge with his wife Missi and “Fuzz” the cat.