Monthly Archives: September 2016

Don’t forget!

Retired FBI special agent Scott Decker, a non-fiction writer and security consultant, will speak Monday, October 4, 2016, 6:30 p.m., at the Community Lutheran Church, 3720 E. Tropicana.

His topic– ATTRIBUTION—Anthrax, Terror and the Evolution of Forensics, is the title of his book scheduled to be released next year.

Scott Decker joined the FBI as a Special Agent in 1990 and was first assigned to the Boston Division’s Bank Robbery Task Force. In 1997, he became the fourth member of the FBI’s new Hazardous Materials Response Unit.

On September 12, 2001, he led a team of FBI Hazmat Officers to Ground Zero where they established a command post at the edge of the destruction. He returned from New York to head up a squad of agents—each with an advanced degree in science—at the Washington Field Office and coordinated the evolving forensics of the 2001 anthrax attack investigation.

Decker retired from the FBI in 2011 and holds a PhD in genetics. His narrative non-fiction articles have appeared in the Grapevine and the Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review and he will be teaching two courses, Bank Robberies and Armored Car Heists and The Evolving Face of Terrorism, for the Romance Writers of America. Scott is working on revisions to his first book: ATTRIBUTION—Anthrax, Terror and the Evolution of Forensics, due for publication in 2017.

Writers’ conference

The Central Coast Writing Conference will be held in San Luisbispo, CA, September 29 – October 1. The Central Coast Writer’s Conference is the one place where your writing profession is not solitary.  It is here you meet like-minded people that are willing and able to help you succeed.  It is the place to discover your writer’s joy and to get the tools that you can’t find anywhere else.  A key feature is the private critique sessions, available for an additional $30. A writer’s conference is a miracle of inspiration. You owe it to yourself to invest $225 in your writing future. Sign up today!

Learn more or to register: Cuesta College

FBI Special Agent (Ret) Scott Decker

Retired FBI special agent Scott Decker, a non-fiction writer and security consultant, will speak Monday, October 4, 2016, 6:30 p.m., at the Community Lutheran Church, 3720 E. Tropicana.

His topic– ATTRIBUTION—Anthrax, Terror and the Evolution of Forensics, is the title of his book scheduled to be released next year.

Scott Decker joined the FBI as a Special Agent in 1990 and was first assigned to the Boston Division’s Bank Robbery Task Force. In 1997, he became the fourth member of the FBI’s new Hazardous Materials Response Unit.

On September 12, 2001, he led a team of FBI Hazmat Officers to Ground Zero where they established a command post at the edge of the destruction. He returned from New York to head up a squad of agents—each with an advanced degree in science—at the Washington Field Office and coordinated the evolving forensics of the 2001 anthrax attack investigation.

Decker retired from the FBI in 2011 and holds a PhD in genetics. His narrative non-fiction articles have appeared in the Grapevine and the Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review and he will be teaching two courses, Bank Robberies and Armored Car Heists and The Evolving Face of Terrorism, for the Romance Writers of America. Scott is working on revisions to his first book: ATTRIBUTION—Anthrax, Terror and the Evolution of Forensics, due for publication in 2017.

Tim Szymanski to speak

Tim Szymanski, Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Public Information & Education Officer, will speak before the Henderson Writers’ Group on Monday, September 19, 2016, 6:30 p.m., at the Community Lutheran Church, 3720 E. Tropicana.

Mr. Szymanski’s topic:
Fire & Rescue – Anatomy of a 911 Call.

Join us for an interesting and informative evening with one of the unsung heroes of our community. He’ll explain fire and rescue chain of command, standard operating procedures in a variety of situations, the anatomy of a 911 call, and basic first aid procedures, equipment lists and terminology.

He has been in the fire service for the past forty-five years. Before his over twenty years with Las Vegas Fire and Rescue, Mr. Szymanski worked eight years in metro Cleveland, and nineteen years in Atlanta. He worked every position from firefighter/paramedic up to fire chief, including fire marshal, fire inspector and arson investigator. Nearly thirty years of his career has been working with the media as department spokesperson, while a member of the incident command staff–meaning he has been to thousands of fires and various other incidents and disasters. He was the fire & emergency public information officer for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. He won several national and local awards including Las Vegas and Atlanta employee of the year, meritorious conduct medal for life saving a trapped woman in a burning home, along with awards from Fireman’s Fund, Liberty Mutual Insurance and the Nevada Broadcasters Association.

Tim has written two books about the history of Las Vegas Fire & Rescue. He is a nationally known photojournalist with his work appearing in several publications and on TV shows. He also writes a monthly column for the largest fire service magazine on media relations and education. He helped numerous writers including those for the long running TV show “CSI” on the workings of the fire service, or how a fire burns and much more. On average he issues over 400 media releases each year.

He is open to working with mystery, thriller, crime, non-fiction and other writers who want to get the facts in their writing. Be sure to bring any questions related to fire or rescue scenes in your own writing.