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Work experience

Jun 2002Present


Industrial Safety and Training Services
Jun 2011Present


Eastern Kentucky University


Jun 1994May 1997


Eastern Kentucky University
Jan 1989May 1992


Eastern Kentucky University


Prospect, Kentucky, resident Gary Yurt maintains an extensive background in supporting his community, both as a business owner and as a volunteer. Educated with a Master’s degree in Safety Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Risk Management and Safety Engineering, both from Eastern Kentucky University, he went on to cultivate a career in safety management. He worked for manufacturers General Electric Company and Borden Chemical, Inc. (now Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc.), before branching out on his own and founding Industrial Safety & Training Services, LLC, a corporate consultancy. Additionally, he is an instructor in the OSHA Training Institute (OTI) program at Eastern Kentucky University. From 2002 to 2010, Gary Yurt operated as both President of Industrial Safety & Training Services and as Fire Chief of the Worthington Fire Department before leaving the latter position to focus solely on his company. 

Throughout his career, Gary Yurt has accumulated a number of citizen’s awards for his outstanding service to the community. Among his achievements, he possesses a Louisville Mayor’s Citation for Outstanding Service, a Jefferson County Fire Service Outstanding Commitment to the Community accolade, and a Commonwealth of Kentucky Certificate of Valor. A longtime firefighter trained in fire service administration at Eastern Kentucky University, Gary Yurt also received Firefighter of the Year recognition from the Jefferson County Fire Service and the Buechel Fire Protection District.

Outside of his responsibilities at Industrial Safety & Training Services, Gary Yurt participates in and donates to several regional and national professional and nonprofit groups. To better serve his clients and continually develop his own abilities, he maintains active membership in the Kentuckiana Certified Hazardous Materials Managers, The American Society of Safety Engineers, and the National Safety Council. Additionally, Gary Yurt works as an Instructor for the American Safety and Health Institute. In the past, he has volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America, through which he earned his Eagle Scout rank, and as a firefighter with the Pewee Valley Fire Protection District. Gary Yurt has also donated to the WHAS Crusade for Children, Inc., a charitable group focused on helping youth in Kentucky and Indiana who have special needs.


The American Society of Safety Engineers, The National Safety Council