Smith Aquatic Safety Service (SASS) was created in 1981, upon Dr. Smith's retirement from 25 year's service in the U.S. Coast Guard, to provide aquatic safety training. At retirement Dr. Smith was Chief, 2nd Coast Guard Boating Safety Division, St. Louis, MO, responsible for all federal boating safety activities in 15 primary states.
In 1981 Dr. Smith first testified as an expert. Both aspects of SASS have grown markedly, with Dr. Smith being retained in hundreds of legal cases, for plaintiff and defense while also training thousands of aquatic safety/rescue personnel. He has been qualified in numerous state and federal court cases as a boating accident reconstructionist.
SASS provides consultation and related services to law firms in aquatics cases, plus water rescue and boating safety training seminars for fire, police, lifeguarding and EMS providers throughout North America.
Terence (Terry) M. Harvey is a Sports and Recreation Public Safety Expert. A retired Captain from the Los Angeles County Fire Department, Mr. Harvey has been a Public Safety Professional for more than 30 years. He has extensive experience in Public Safety, Ocean Safety, EMS, and Operational Safety. Mr. Harvey served as a lead Lifeguard Academy instructor for the Los Angeles County Fire Department and has more than 3 decades of experience in Lifeguarding Operations. He has provided EMS and Safety consulting services in international surf and diving environments in Indonesia, Mexico, and the Maldives. He has also provided EMT services on boat charters out of Padang Sumatra, Indonesia. Litigation Support - Terry Harvey offers technical investigations, analysis, reports, and testimony toward the resolution of commercial and personal injury litigation involving open water and beach activities including jet skis, boating, ocean rescues, and safety instruction; and winter sports including snowboarding, skiing, resort facilities operations, and safety instruction. His services are available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant. Areas of Expertise:
Experienced in testifying in Federal/State Court, Judicial Arbitration, Mediation Services. Represented both Plaintiff and Defense in over 900 cases, including 52 trials. Expertise covers issues relating to Blue/Brown water, Jet Skis, towing, super tankers, pleasure crafts, tugs & barges, maritime safety, safety environment, personal injury, slips & falls, fire fighting, chemical exposure, fumes, gas, & ergonomics.
Los Angeles Harbor Pilot: Piloted oceangoing vessels of any size, any gross tons, safely upon the waters of the Port of Los Angeles, to and from their berths and anchorages in accordance with local and national laws. Captain at Exxon: Youngest Captain and holds an excellent vessel safety operational record.
Consultant to Florida Board of Pilot Commissioners Featured speaker on International Safety Management (ISM) Code Represented U.S. Coast Guard during administrative hearing regarding largest oil spill in Boston Harbor history.
Jim Allen provides litigation support for Boating Accidents involving the operation, maintenance, navigation of vessels, and dock safety. His experience encompasses the operation of vessels, both commercial and recreational in and upon the high seas, inland waterways, western rivers, inland lakes and rivers.
Jim Allen has thirty years of experience in the U S Coast Guard. Directly and indirectly involved in thousands of search and rescue cases. Conducted investigations when necessary, as well as inspected and issued citations for pleasure boats, commercial vessels, marinas, chemical facilities, bridges, tow boats and barges. Jim Allen has 23 years experience serving as a consultant and expert witness in litigation support for both plaintiff and defendant throughout the United States.
Forensic Meteorology - build legal and insurance cases Weather Industry Consulting - increases market share and profits Weather and Climate Analysis - yields informed business decisions due to the impact of weather and climate
Memberships & Affiliations:
Maritime Policies and Procedures Maritime Water Safety Boat Accidents and Reconstruction Boat Fires and Explosions Air Boat Operations
International Association of Marine Investigators Charter member of I.A.M.I. and serves on The Board of Directors for the United States Member of American Boat and Yacht Council.
Captain Arlen Leiner, MMS, AMS is an Accredited Marine Surveyor, Master Marine Surveyor, and has an engineering degree from the University of Toledo. He is trained for MARPOL, SOLAS, and IMO. He has performed Marine Surveys and Inspections in Florida, including Tampa, St. Petersburg, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, nation, and worldwide( including Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, South America as well as Asia a. He is considered an expert in the marine inspection industry. In his 48years surveying boats and other watercraft, Capt. Leiner has provided expert witness testimony in marine litigation involving vessels of any size or type. This includes numerous depositions and trials in state and federal court, with each damage and casualty survey prepared so that findings can be defended in the court of law. Capt. Leiner is qualified to analyze evidence, form a professional opinion, and communicate his findings to a jury. Capt. Leiner's services are necessary for litigation in many different situations, requiring an expert evaluation of any vessel's value or seaworthiness. These situations can include:
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