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INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC SAFETY ASSOCIATION
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2018 IPSA Conference Agenda


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February 21, 2018: Part I
Active Shooter/Mass Casualty Incident Workshop and Tabletop Exercises 

1pm - 4pm: This highly interactive workshop will bring together all first responders. Students will review and discuss several video scenarios that include different types of radio traffic and response challenges. Some discussion examples include closing a freeway; children evacuating a school; upset mother; IED as well as radio interoperability issues between law, fire and dispatch. An example of the tabletop exercise includes a subject who shoots three people at a business then goes home to his apartment and barricades; this turns into a fire and spans multiple jurisdictions and agencies.  

February 22, 2018
General Sessions

7am - 8am: Pre-event registration 

8am - 9am: Opening Ceremonies, Welcome, Introduction
By Scott Edson, IPSA Chair; Chief Sylvia Moir, Tempe Police Department (AZ); Chief Greg Ruiz, Tempe Fire Department 

9am - 10am: Keynote Address
Announcing soon

10am - 10:30am: Morning Break in Exhibit Hall 

10:30am - 11:30am: PTSD - When first responders have to listen, work through violence
By Niky Smith, Communications Center Manager, Cypress Creek EMS and Nicholas Greco, IPSA Mental Health Committee Chair, C3 Education and Research Founder, M.S., BCETS, CATSM

While there is general awareness about what PTSD is, many first responders are not seeking the medical attention they need because they fear the stigma that is often associated with PTSD. This includes 911 call takers and dispatchers. The dispatcher is the recipient of the most raw and unadulterated emotions from the public. But, what happens after the call? Many times there is no closure for the dispatcher. They have to disconnect just to answer the next call. This presentation will discuss how PTSD affects the 911 Telecommunicator, how it differs from other members of the public safety profession, and why leadership from law enforcement and the fire service must include the 911 call taker and/or dispatcher involved with an incident on any mental health trainings and incident debriefings.

11:40am - 12pm: Real World Solutions for Tactical and Streaming Situational Awareness by Darin White, President,  Group Mobile

12pm - 1pm: Lunch in Exhibit Hall 

1pm - 2pm: United States Department of Homeland Security, Office of Infrastructure Protection, Emergency Services Sector ‘No Cost Tools and Services’

Officials from the various United States Department of Homeland Security divisions -  Office for Bombing Prevention, Homeland Security Information Sharing Network and Critical Infrastructure Protection, will discuss current initiatives and no cost resources offered to first responders. Attendees will leave with information to enhance their respective operations. This session will be highly interactive and audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions throughout the panel discussion. 

2pm - 3pm: Tactical Medical Support of Civil Disturbance Operations - Lessons from Ferguson
By Robert Wylie, St. Charles County Regional SWAT, Tactical Medical Support Team Leader (ret)

Civil disturbances can occur anytime and any where. No city wants to experience a civil disturbance, yet it’s happening with increasing frequency in large and small metro areas. This means all first responders must have a preparedness strategy in place should one transpire. This presentation will review key events from August 2014 through November 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. 

These series of civil disturbances tested the limits of law enforcement, fire and EMS resources. Through lessons learned, these events reshaped the way emergency service organizations respond to civil disturbances from Baltimore and New York to Charlotte, North Carolina. Interagency participation is critical for departmental-wide buy-in, training and response. Collaboration is critical to preparedness, response and restoration.Through firsthand accounts and experience, attendees will learn the challenges and the adaptations that enabled a small cadre of medics to provide pre-hospital care during one of the most violent and long lasting events of the last 25 years.

3pm - 3:30pm: Afternoon Break in Exhibit Hall 

3:30pm - 4:30pm: Emotional Intelligence: How to effectively respond to a call when tensions begin to escalate
By John Thompson, National Sheriffs' Association

In today's world, it seems that every time a public safety official - whether it's a patrol officer,  firefighter or paramedic -  is interacting with the public, they are being filmed and questioned. Everyone in public safety are subjected to stress from an entitlement society as well as a roller coaster of emotions they deal with every day. To survive, first responders must find ways to control their emotions while delivering the highest quality of service to the communities they serve. 

Beside the conflicts between citizens and the stress of the job, we are  now seeing video encounters and even physical fights among public safety professionals. These kind of incidents destroy public trust in our profession.

During this presentation, attendees will be introduced to Emotional Intelligence and learn how to evaluate their current level of it. They will learn how to identify their communication strengths and weaknesses while overcoming personal beliefs that might be hurting them. They will learn how to understand and change bad behavior tends that can be destructive. Additionally techniques will be introduced that can help them build relationships and teamwork, making their career more rewarding and may even save their life!

4:30pm: Adjourn

February 23, 2018: Part II 
Active Shooter/Mass Casualty Incident Workshop and Tabletop Exercises

8am - 12pm: This highly interactive workshop will bring together all first responders. Students will review and discuss several video scenarios that include different types of radio traffic and response challenges. Some discussion examples include closing a freeway; children evacuating a school; upset mother; IED as well as radio interoperability issues between law, fire and dispatch. An example of the tabletop exercise includes a subject who shoots three people at a business then goes home to his apartment and barricades; this turns into a fire and spans multiple jurisdictions and agencies.  

February 23, 2018
IPSA Board Meeting

12pm - 3pm: Closed Session


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