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Indiana Department of Homeland Security

IDHS > About IDHS > Mission & Executive Staff > Chief of Staff - Mike Garvey Chief of Staff

Mike Garvey - Chief of StaffMike Garvey is the chief of staff and interim Director of Preparedness and Training for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

He has served IDHS and its predecessor agencies in various management positions since 1985, and has an extensive background with Indiana’s statewide efforts with emergency medical services and response, bioterrorism preparedness and emergency cardiac care. Positions with the State of Indiana include assistant state fire marshal, training coordinator for emergency medical services, deputy director for EMS training and certification, acting director of the Indiana EMS Commission and deputy director of the EMS division.

He grew up on the west side of Indianapolis and graduated from Northwest High School.

As chief of staff, he provides professional assistance to the IDHS executive director, performing high-level management work covering a broad range of activities, including supervision of staff and representing IDHS and the executive director internally and externally.

As interim director of the Preparedness and Training division, Mike leads IDHS’ efforts to provide and coordinate training, continuing education, and exercises for the state’s public safety practitioners. The division's associates currently provide training in: emergency management, emergency medical, fire services, and hazardous materials (HAZMAT). In addition to its training efforts, the division maintains certification records for Indiana Firefighters and EMS personnel.