Brian J. Gallant, who had served as director of emergency management for the Town of Sandwich, died unexpectedly at Falmouth Hospital on November 22. He was 66.
He was the husband of Heather (Ohman) Gallant, with whom he shared 18 years of marriage.
Son of the late Richard and Helen (Gallagher) Gallant, he was born in Somerville and educated at Arlington Catholic High School.
He held master’s degrees in education and public health from Newport University and American Public University, respectively; a bachelor’s degree in management from Lesley College; and an associate’s degree in fire science from Cape Cod Community College.
Mr. Gallant was call firefighter in Sandwich for a few years before becoming a permanent firefighter in 1977, where he served until 1988, gaining the rank of lieutenant. During this time, he was also the director of fire training at Barnstable County Fire Academy and then the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy in Sudbury. He served as the director of civil defense in the late 1980s.
When civil defense became to be known as emergency management, he was appointed as emergency management director. He later formed National Fire and Medical Services in Buzzards Bay, an environmental health and safety consulting firm.
Mr. Gallant worked at Boston Edison Company in Plymouth as a nuclear training specialist and then a technical training supervisor. He went on to work for Ecologics in Anaheim, California, as a regional manager in charge of environmental health and safety training and consulting as well as managing its staff and training center.
Upon his return to the East Coast, he joined the staff at Massachusetts Maritime Academy as a course facilitator and instructor during which time he developed and ran the oil spill program and conducted other trainings such as hazardous materials, and later instructed in the Division of Graduate and Continuing Education in the Master of Science in Emergency Management program.
He served as vice president for Contingency Management Associates, specializing in environmental health and safety training and consulting. After leaving CMA, Mr. Gallant formed Anchor Group to provide training and consulting services ranging from environmental health and safety to homeland security emergency exercise program and public health emergency planning. He also responded to many oil spills during which he was typically responsible for safety of the entire operation—and had received commendations from the US Coast Guard for this work.
As a Plymouth County public health emergency preparedness coalition emergency planner he worked with local health departments to meet federal deliverables. After that, he served as the Region 5 health and medical coordination coalition program manager, and was responsible for emergency planning and was response for the region’s health and medical emergency situations, coordinating the efforts of public health, community health centers, long-term care, hospitals and emergency management.
From 2012 until the time of his death Mr. Gallant again served as Sandwich Emergency Management Director, and was also a member of the Barnstable County Incident Management Team. Responsible for and proud of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), he had activated the team several times, most recently during the Northeaster in October.
He had written three books covering hazardous materials, facilities manager guidance on environmental health and safety, and emergency management.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, December 1, at Corpus Christi Church in East Sandwich.
Burial was to be private.