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Peter O’Rourke is Executive Director of the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS (NAPSG) Foundation. The NAPSG Foundation is a not-for-profit organization focused advancing the use of geospatial technology to enhance public safety at all levels of government. As Executive Director, Mr. O’Rourke is responsible for leading the Foundation’s strategic priorities and overseeing all programming in cooperation with partner organizations and government agencies.
For over 15 years, Mr. O’Rourke has represented the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) in Washington, DC. The Association represents the 51 most senior fire officials at the state level. During his time working with NASFM, Mr. O’Rourke has managed the association’s transportation & energy safety program in coordination with the US Department of Transportation’s Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. Among the projects that Mr. O’Rourke has managed for NASFM are pipeline emergency response planning, liquefied natural gas import terminal risk management, geospatially-enabled fire data collection & management, and hazardous materials training curriculum. Mr. O’Rourke has testified before Congress on behalf of NASFM on issues relating to pipeline safety. Mr. O’Rourke’s continued work with NASFM allows for close coordination of related efforts with NAPSG Foundation priorities.
Prior to joining the State Fire Marshals Association, Mr. O’Rourke served as a consultant to the US Department of Energy’s nuclear weapons cleanup program. In this capacity, he managed projects designed to increase technology developed and transfer from the DOE weapons laboratories. Additionally, Mr. O’Rourke advised the Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management on privatization of various aspects of the weapons cleanup program.
Mr. O’Rourke lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and two children.