Dan Buchanan currently serves as a Training Coordinator in the Preparedness Program of the Emergency Services Training Institute (ESTI), a division of the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). Mr. Buchanan has been an instructor for TEEX ESTI since 2008 and began serving as a Guest Instructor in the Industrial Firefighting and Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Programs in 1985.
Mr. Buchanan retired from Marathon Petroleum Company, after 32 years of service, in August 2014, while serving at Marathon’s Texas City, Texas refinery as the Security & Emergency Preparedness Supervisor. During his career with Marathon he also held refinery Safety Engineer, Fire Chief, Process Safety Management Coordinator, and Safety & Security Supervisor positions, as well. In addition, he served as a member of Marathon Petroleum Company’s Corporate Emergency Response Team as a Safety Officer and Emergency Planner.
While at Marathon’s Texas City refinery, Mr. Buchanan served as Chairman of the Texas City Industrial Mutual Aid System (IMAS) and Port of Texas City Security Council. Further, he served as a member of the Galveston County Local Emergency Planning Committee (GC LEPC) and continues to serve as a member of the USCG Sector Houston-Galveston Central Texas Coastal Area Committee (CTCAC).
Mr. Buchanan holds Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in Industrial Technology (Safety) and Engineering Technology (Safety and Fire Protection), respectively, from Texas A&M University. He is a Certified Safety Professional in Comprehensive Practice and a Certified Texas Emergency Manager and has extensive experience in industrial emergency preparedness and response, incident management, fire protection and firefighting, industrial security, process safety management, and occupational safety and health. He has completed all of the NIMS/ICS 100-800 series training courses including the FEMA All-Hazards Incident Commander’s Course.