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During a tenure of fourteen years in the military, serving on active duty and in the reserves, Matthew Spina began working with explosives in the United States Army in 1989. His first role was as a combat engineer and later as Special Forces Engineer Sergeant.

In 1996, Matt joined the team at Connecticut Explosives Company, in distribution and field support, then and continued in drilling and blasting. His focus within the company became close-quarter blasting, aggregate production, and dimensional stone production. Matt has also performed crucial oversight roles on concrete and brick demolition projects, including hazardous activity assessments and security management.

Accepted into the Connecticut State Police Academy, Matt joined the ranks as a State Police Trooper in 2000, continuing to work part time for Connecticut Explosives Company.

Matt’s DOT certifications include: Level 1 North American Standard Truck Inspector (NASTI) (2008 to present); Non- bulk hazardous materials, intermediate bulk, bulk, cargo tankers, and highway route controlled radioactive materials. Matt is also an Instructor of the Level 1 Inspection Course at DOT Region 1, (2012 to present).

Matt is a regular attendee of ISEE conferences, is a member of the Governmental Affairs and Transportation Committee and has presented to multiple ISEE chapters.