Dave Larton has more than thirty-five years of emergency services experience, including
thirteen as a Dispatcher/Trainer for the Gilroy, (CA) 9-1-1 Communications Center. He
was named the 1999 recipient of the Ramona Raymond Pillar of Excellence Training
Award by the Santa Clara County Public Safety Communications Managers Association, and was twice named the Department's Dispatcher of the Year.
A nine-year veteran of the Department’s Hostage Negotiation Team, Dave served as a
Tactical Dispatcher, a certified Basic and Advanced Hostage Negotiator and Technical
Specialist. He is a California POST certified Critical Incident Stress Peer Counselor, and is a member of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. He has responded
throughout California as a Wildland fire Incident Dispatcher and is a Type 3 rated Incident Management Team Communications Unit Leader (COML). He is a S-258
Communications Incident Technician (COM-T) as well as a Incident Communications
Center Manager (INCM). He is a certified Basic Law Enforcement Instructor with the
Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education.
As a Communications Specialist with California’s Urban Search & Rescue Task Force
Three, Dave responded to the World Trade Center in September of 2001. Dave also
served with the Olympic Public Safety Command at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games
in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is rated as a Weapons of Mass Destruction First Responder, and is a graduate of the Federal Department of Homeland Security’s COBRA WMD School in Anniston, Alabama.
As Chief ACS/RACES Officer for the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal
EMA) Telecommunications Branch, Dave supervises and coordinates the efforts of the
state’s Emergency Communications Reserves for the State of California’s 58 counties
and two Administrative Regions.
Dave is a Founding Member of the National Incident Dispatchers Association, a former
member of the California Association of Hostage Negotiators, NENA, APCO, a former
Vice President of the California Fire Chiefs Association (Communications Section,
Northern Division), the California Tactical Dispatchers Association, the California
Association of Police Training Officers, the National Association of Field Training
Officers and the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers.
Dave is a former Commercial Vice President for NENA's California State Chapter, CALNENA. He is the Associate Editor of 9-1-1 Magazine, where he writes the popular FAST+Forward column and has been a contributing author for Homeland Protection Professional magazine. He is the co-author of "Incident Dispatcher: A Guide for the Professional Tactical and Incident Dispatcher". Dave has been a technical consultant to the media, including script preparation for the ‘Ally McBeal’ television show, and the History Channel.
Dave and his wife, Perrin, live on California's Central Coast.