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PORT DEPOSIT — A Cecil County company is one of 21 in the state to be awarded a Maryland Department of Commerce ExportMD grant, which will help give the business some exposure on the international stage. Robert Busseau is the founder of CAS-TEK, a company specializing in making first responders safer when at the scene of a nuclear, chemical, biological or high-yield explosives incident. “I train first responders to not get killed,” Busseau said Tuesday.
Robert Busseau is the founder of CAS-TEK, a company specializing in making first responders safer when at the scene of a nuclear, chemical, biological or high-yield explosives incident.
“I train first responders to not get killed,” Busseau said Tuesday.
Thanks to the ExportMD grant, he has two-thirds of the cost of his lodging and travel expenses, up to $6,000, covered when he participates in a trade show next month in Singapore called Milapol Asia-Pacific International Exhibition of Homeland Security. There he will promote his company as well as a piece of equipment aimed at protecting first responders in a nuclear event. A retired disabled veteran, Busseau spent 25 years in the U.S. Army specializing in explosive ordnance disposal.
“The safest job in the Army is EOD,” he said, adding the training is intense and thorough.
After retiring in 2015, he started his company to help first responders at every level have access to the same kind of training and protective gear. “My goal is full integration and partnership,” he said.
For example, if local first responders discover an improvised explosive device there will be a procedure in place to call state and federal expertise into play for the safety of all, he said.
“Right now, we have weaknesses, especially with communication when you cross state and federal boundaries,” Busseau noted. Gov. Larry Hogan said in a release that getting Maryland companies international exposure is vital to the economy.
“Through this innovative program, companies will see a marked increase in sales, which will enable them to add new jobs and expand their line of products and services,” Hogan said. “In our global economy, it is critical to provide the necessary resources to give Maryland businesses every advantage possible to grow and thrive.” Busseau gave credit to the state staff who helped him complete the grant application.
“And they’ve been really helpful with finding clients,” he said, adding one of those is an Israel-based company that will likely move to Maryland.