BioSpecialists recently announced that Richard Shepard will be starting full time as Vice President of Operations on March 1, 2013. Shepard has been with BioSpecialists since its beginning three years ago, but has also been working as a Senior Investigator in the Maine State Fire Marshall’s office. He is now retiring after 26 years with the State.
While at the Fire Marshal’s office, Shepard performed various tasks, including: investigating fires and explosions, fireworks site inspections & incident investigations, and explosive magazine inspections, as well as mechanical ride inspections & incident investigations. Shepard was one of the Fire Marshal’s Office Certified Accelerant Detection K-9 Handlers, actually writing the original proposal for the program. He also conducted trainings across the state and New England for fire service and law enforcement agencies. Shepard started as an Investigator in 1987, after working previously as a law enforcement patrol officer. He cites a long career that involved a lot of high profile cases, including numerous fatal fire, arson and homicide investigations.
Shepard started BioSpecialists, along with President Bill York, in June 2010. Now that he’ll be full time, his duties will include leading trainings for fire, law enforcement, and EMS professionals, and funeral home directors and staff. He will also be supervising clean up scenes, and working with York on business development and management of staff.
Shepard notes: “I’ve had a very rewarding career in public safety for all of my adult life. For me, public safety and public service is always at the core. I began in the fire service in 1973, the EMS field in 1976 and law enforcement in 1977.”
He has recently rejoined the Casco Fire-Rescue as an on-call firefighter and is recertifying as an EMT. He is a certified NASCAR trainer and performs training for Speedway Safety Services, a group that provides EMS and fire service for the NH Motor Speedway, where he is a Crew Chief. He also works at smaller race tracks in Maine & New Hampshire and he is a race official for the Pro All Stars (PASS) tour.
Shepard is Maine born and raised, currently living in Casco. He is a former member of the Grange, and has been a member of the Gorham-Westbrook Odd-Fellows for more than 25 years. He is the founder and multiple-time President of the Maine Chapter of International Association of Arson Investigators.