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The IPSA’s Mass Casualty Incidents Symposium is bringing together public safety officials - law enforcement, fire, EMS, telecommunications, emergency management and allied emergency responders from around the United States and internationally. It is designed to be an amazing networking and learning opportunity for everyone that attends.

Attendees will walk away with several educational resources, tips and strategies that they can apply in their agency.

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This will be an in-person event only. 


Attendee registration is first come, first serve. Our capacity is 300. We highly recommend early registration to save your seat. 

  • Early Bird = $150 USD
  • Regular = $250 USD
  • Late = $350 USD

*IPSA Members receive $50 off registration fees. Simply login to our website before remitting payment. 


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The IPSA will recognize your organization from the moment you sign up through the event date. Below are the specific Exhibitor Registration levels. Questions? Contact us.

Exhibitor Levels
Exhibitor registration is first come, first serve. The space is limited, and we recommend early registration.

Click here to register and learn about each opportunity.

  • Platinum Level (includes table): $10,000
  • Gold Level (includes table): $7,500

  • Silver Level (includes table) $5,000

  • Bronze Level (includes table): $2,500

  • Copper Level (includes table): $1,200

  • Iron Level (no table): $500

Why exhibit?

The IPSA brings together the entire public safety community. Our attendees will include law enforcement, fire, EMS and public safety decision-makers.

We will set the stage for you by providing impressive and high-quality content to inspire conversations.

We promise to actively promote your company from the time you register through the end of the event. In other words, the earlier you register, the more value you get!

Space is very limited.


Download our Agenda by clicking the below image.

MONDAY: MAY 2, 2022

0800 to 0830hrs: Welcome, Opening Remarks & Sponsor Recognition

0930hrs to 0845hrs: Networking Break/Exhibitor Showcase

0845hrs to 0945hrs: Critical incident review: Phoenix Police Department ambush attack on February 11, 2022, by Lieutenant Dave Albertson and training academy Lieutenant James Ward, Phoenix Police Department

On February 11, 2022, a man who shot his ex-girlfriend at a Phoenix home early in the morning. He then ambushed the first PPD officer on the scene, seriously injuring him, then opened fire on other officers as they tried to rescue a baby that was left outside the door. The woman later died. In all, five officers were shot, including four who were wounded while trying to take the baby to safety. Four more officers were injured by shrapnel or ricocheting bullets. A total of nine officers were injured during this act of violence. During this presentation, you will hear from Lieutenant Dave Albertson and Lieutenant James Ward about this critical incident. 

0945hrs to1000hrs: Networking Break/Exhibitor Showcase

1000hrs to 1045hrs: The evolution of active shooter training and response: Lessons learned from Los Angeles County Fire Department by Captain David Laub, Los Angeles County Fire Department

During this presentation, Captain Laub will provide background on the development of the Los Angeles County Fire Department's initial active shooter training and discuss how its evolved into its current Unified Response to Violence policy. Specifically, the presentation will review the challenges of interagency training and response within Los Angeles County, fire and law enforcement interagency expectations, fire service operational considerations, Command and Control mission and lessons learned from a school shooting incident as well as a random "non-targeted" shooting MCI. The Los Angeles County Fire Department provides Fire/EMS and all hazards response services for 60 of the 88 cities in Los Angeles County and works closely with 45 different law enforcement agencies.

1045hrs to 1100hrs: Networking Break/Exhibitor Showcase

1100hrs to 1200hrs: How the FBI's Active Shooter Program - Preparedness, Prevention, Response, and Recovery – can help save lives during a violent incident by John P. Skillestad, Supervisory Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation

This presentation by the FBI's Office of Partner Engagement - Violence Reduction Unit (OPE-VRU) will be in a lecture with the use of a PowerPoint to highlight the FBI's Active Shooter Program. The presentation will focus on the history of active shooters and look at the statistics related to them. The FBI will unveil the numbers related to these incidents for 2021 and will compare them to the previous data gathered. The presentation will introduce the newest FBI production of the Run, Hide, Fight video which provides insight for individuals when planning to effectively handle one of these situations by empowering them to be survivors as opposed to victims. Prevention will be an important concept discussed with information from the FBI's Echoes of Columbine production which relates to threat assessment and the need for the public to share information about persons of concern. Information from prior active shooter incidents will be shared to provide lessons learned for first responders to incorporate into their overall planning for these situations. Recovery and resilience, topics typically overlooked in planning will also be discussed.

1200hrs to 1300hrs: Networking Lunch/Exhibitor Showcase

1300hrs to 1400hrs: The Nexus of Mass Casualty Incidents and Mass Fatality Incidents by Timothy Riecker, Emergency Preparedness Solutions, LLC and Jon Stewart, Dewberry

Human, technological, and natural hazards and threats can cause mass fatality incidents as well as mass casualty incidents. While these incidents may be mutually exclusive, some mass casualty incidents can also include mass fatalities. Even if part of a mass casualty incident, the ways we manage a mass fatality are vastly different. The presentation is designed to engage participants of all disciplines in understanding the similarities and differences between preparing for, responding to, and recovering from mass fatality incidents as compared to mass casualty incidents. Our presenters will discuss strategies for preparing for a mass fatality incident, mass fatality incident management practices, and integration of response activities, while providing real world lessons learned in the management of mass fatality incidents.

1415hrs to 1430hrs: Networking Break/Exhibitor Showcase

1430hrs to 1530hrs: Deployable resources and how their implementation can benefit first responders communications needs by Stephen Devine, FirstNet, Built with AT&T

FirstNet, Built with AT&T is in the fourth year of operation. Through hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes and man-made emergencies, FirstNet has been there for public safety. The Response Operations Group has streamlined a process for deploying over 100 satellite cellular assets across states and territories in an average of 14 hours or less. See how FirstNet has become your public safety partner and will continue to work with you for years to come. You’ll hear about the Response Operations Group (ROG), a dedicated team of former first responders available 24/7/365 to help with your emergency response. The team works with your agency to identify and deploy the best solutions based on your situation, drawing on a fleet of more than 100 dedicated deployable assets.

1530hrs to 1545hrs: Networking Lunch/Exhibitor Showcase

1545hrs to 1645hrs: The Active Shooter, Planning for Both the Response and Recovery by Scott Sare, Deputy Chief, Johnson County MED-ACT

Scott Sare will share lessons learned through his leadership role stemming from the July 20th, 2012, Century 16 theater shooting in Aurora Colorado. His presentation will include event and response, community recover, and many challenges organizations face after the shooting stops. Mr. Sare will discuss the importance of pre-planning, how to deal with the media, and creating a joint information center (JIC). The role of building relationships with community partners to include law enforcement, hospitals, schools, and mental health. Administration responsibilities related to caring for our own through the event, subsequent investigation, and public trial. The role of after-action review and public transparency, as well as the training and policy changes implemented as a result.


TUESDAY: MAY 3, 2022

0800hrs to 0900hrs: Recovery Found Amid Chaos - a Canadian Perspective by Andrea Koolick, Staff Sergeant, Calgary Police Service

Las Vegas - October 1, 2017, 10 minutes of horrific chaos would mark one of the worst mass shootings in modern history. Nearly 1300 miles to the north of Nevada, a Canadian city would also experience the impact of traumatized concertgoers as dozens tried to scramble home and make sense of their experience. Three Albertans lost their lives and over 100 were directly impacted, returning to a City and Province that would need to learn how to support them. There were many lessons learned from supporting these victims when they returned to Canadian soil, and the most valuable led to the genesis of victim-centered mass casualty recovery plans born from international best practices and tragedy collected from around the globe. Please join S/Sgt. Andrea Koolick of the Calgary Police Service, who will share how the Victim Assistance Support Team and the Calgary Emergency Management Agency established sophisticated recovery plans for victims of mass casualty incidents. Recommendations on operating Family Assistance Centres, planning for long term recovery of the community, partnership between law enforcement and emergency management agencies, and lessons learned from table-top and full-scale exercises will be discussed.

0900hrs to 0915hrs: Networking Break/Exhibitor Showcase

0915hs to 1015hrs: Addressing the mental health of first responders after a mass casualty incident by Dr. Stephen Odom, First Responder Wellness, Simple Recovery

Dr. Stephen Odom will speak about responder wellness post mass casualty incidents, and how to do a mental health “mop up.” This presentation will teach participants how to mitigate the effects of exposure to mass casualty incidents and the threats to first responders’ mental health and well-being. Specifically, he will review health risks for first responders and Advanced Crisis Management (ACM), discuss the neurobiological responses to trauma exposure, provide mitigation tools for acute stress that will reduce the symptoms of PTSD and identify five stages of post traumatic growth.

1015hrs to 1030hrs: Networking Break/Exhibitor Showcase

1030hrs to 1130hrs: Preparing for Left of Bang: Focusing Preparedness Efforts on Intelligence and Information Sharing by David Schuld, Hagerty Consulting

After-action reporting from previous active threat-related mass casualty incidents concentrates on the need to strengthen intelligence and information sharing efforts. As a national priority area, intelligence and information sharing preparedness efforts can be complex, involving many stakeholders and activities. Over the course of the presentation, attendees will learn about the need to include intelligence and information sharing into training and exercise initiatives and engage in implementation methods.

1130hrs: Closing remarks

114hrs: Adjourn


City Of Mesa Public Safety Training Facility
3260 N. 40th Street
Mesa, AZ 85215


For out-of-town travelers, we recommend flying into PHX. It's roughly 15 miles from PHX to Mesa. 

The Phoenix metropolitan area has several hotels you can choose from. While we do not have a room block, the hotel we recommend staying is below (and approximately 12 miles to the facility).

Sheraton Mesa Hotel at Wrigleyville West
860 North Riverview
Mesa, Arizona 85201 


All press and media inquiries about this event must be sent to Executive Director Heather R. Cotter. 

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