Our committees are an opportunity for Members to roll up their sleeves to develop policies, recommendations, publications and artifacts for the IPSA and the global public safety community.
Current IPSA Committees
Civil Unrest Committee
No city wants to experience civil unrest, yet it’s happening with increasing frequency in large and small metro areas. This means all organizations must have a preparedness strategy in place should one transpire.
The IPSA's Civil Unrest Committee shall be comprised of individuals who are current members of the IPSA that want to identify and develop research, policy, best practices and training opportunities (online and in-person) for the public safety community
This is a working committee. Each committee member will be expected to attend all remote committee meetings and volunteer between 3 – 8 hours of time per month to accomplish the committee’s goals. Committee Chair: Gary Teeler has 21 years of service in public safety and currently serves as the Chief of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
The Communications Committee is responsible for providing the IPSA information and direction on the current and projected status of communication centers within the public safety spectrum as it pertains to operations, training, response and professional development.
While working earnestly within the IPSA mission, this committee will effect positive change by collaborating with other committees, and information-sharing within the membership. The committee will work diligently to develop strategies, publish articles and distribute any pertinent information through various mediums that will aim to enhance the overall understanding of communication centers and the vital role of telecommunicators in emergency response.
The overarching goal of this committee shall be to contribute to the progressive evolution of communication centers, creating a direct and positive impact on the public and public service community. Niky Smith, Communications Center Manager with Cypress Creek EMS serves as Chair.
Emerging Technologies Committee
The Emerging Technologies in Public Safety Committee consists of representatives in law enforcement, fire, EMS, and the private sector. This Committee is responsible for providing the IPSA with contemporary information on all matters relating to the development and implementation of operational and tactical technology solutions that have application in Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS, Emergency Management, and Security. Alix Cassagnol with NYPD Counterterrorism serves as Chair.
The health and fitness of public safety officers continues to diminish at a greater rate than the general population. This includes increased instances of chronic disease, decreased quality of life, frequency of injury and decreased life expectancy post- retirement.
The Fitness/Wellness Committee will focus on increasing the health and wellness of public safety officers, more specifically impacting pain management, obesity and optimized physical readiness for duty. We will accomplish this by leveraging a professional network of experts in the field for analysis and application of evidence based research. Mike Yatsko serves as Committee Chair.
The IPSA's Memorial Committee is responsible for capturing LODDs in the United States and Canada and reviewing that data to identify and develop policy. The committee is currently developing articles about LODDs for IPSA's Public Safety Column to help build awareness about data trends we're seeing. Further, the Memorial Committee is working on its first LODD Annual Report that will be published in January 2018. The report will be an assessment of 2017 LODD data. This is a working committee. All committee members should expect to volunteer between 3-8 hours of time each month. James Dundas, retifed firefighter, serves as Chair.
Mental Health Committee
This committee will address contemporary issues relating to public safety mental health issues and programs. Specifically, the IPSA Mental Health Committee will conduct research to develop papers, policy, position statements and relevant artifacts for the IPSA to share with the global public safety community.
In addition, the committee may create a training course or host a seminar for public safety about public safety mental health programs. Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM serves as Committee Chair.
Multidiscipline Mentoring Committee
Public Safety Professionals often find that they have to wear several hats throughout their career. For example, you may start your career by working patrol, then a few years later you’re on the SWAT Team, and then you’re promoted to Sergeant and performing administrative functions like budgeting and strategic planning. Often times, as a result of your success and professional growth, you may find that their organization does not have adequate training resources or skilled personnel in place to help bridge the gap when you’re given a new assignment or promoted into a new role. This committee oversees the new IPSA Mentoring Program. Chief Brian Bayani with Northwest EMS (TX) serves as Chair.
Peer Review Committee
The IPSA Peer Review Committee is charged with reviewing articles for publication consideration in the IPSA Journal. The peer reviewers are ultimately responsible for the review and collectively approve or reject a submission based on the IPSA's guidelines.
Rural Areas and Small Municipalities Committee
It is the mission of the Rural Areas and Small Agencies Committee to acknowledge and promote the relevance, importance, abilities and interests of those small and rural agency personnel and members of the IPSA, a globally recognized organization focused on providing training, resources and professional networking to all elements of the public safety community.
The committee shall specifically address the myriad needs micro-agencies within the multi-disciplinary composition of the IPSA, as the majority of emergency services and first responder employees and volunteers are affiliated with small municipalities or and/or located in rural areas of the world.
Committee activities include assisting with the recruitment of new members, proposing topic and action items, authoring and offering documents, joining in cross-educational and jurisdictional training efforts, and remaining active in association and committee affairs towards leadership development of this member-driven organization, while being mindful of the overall values of inclusiveness, pride, sharing and action.
The purpose of the Rescue Task Force Committee is to provide the IPSA guidance in all matters relating to the development, management and training practices of Rescue Task Forces. The RTF Committee shall enhance the cooperation and the sharing of information between agencies who use Rescue Task Forces and those exploring the possibility of starting a Rescue Task Force; the Committee will publish documents and articles to assist in the understanding of the benefits, costs, and complexities of on-going Rescue Task Force training and management. Captain Brad Havrilla with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue serves as Chair.
Tactical Emergency Medical Support is integral to SWAT and police Tactical Units in providing Special Operations Medicine in the pre-hospital setting. Tactical medics deliver point of wounding care in the direct threat, indirect threat and tactical evacuation phases of the austere environment. TEMS responds to high threat incidents such as: high risk warrants, terrorist attacks, active shooters and other intentional mass casualty incidents. The IPSA TEMS Committee is committed to serving the IPSA mission and will contribute to the professional development of the public safety community. This committee will create an international database of TEMS resources, training materials and standard operating procedures. Through collaboration it will share publications, case studies and journal entries based on best practices and experiences from the tactical environment. The TEMS Committee will work together with all IPSA committees to establish an all hazards approach and integrated response to public safety emergencies. Shane Fitzpatrick, EMT-P at Emergency Medical Services, Calgary Metro Alberta Health Services serves as Chair.
The IPSA UAS committee will address contemporary issues relating to UAS programs and public safety. Specifically, the IPSA UAS committee will research to develop papers, policy, position statements and relevant artifacts for the IPSA to share with the global public safety community. In addition, the committee may create a training course or host a seminar for public safety about UAS programs.
Charles Werner (Charlottesville Fire Chief Ret.- Emeritus) serves as Chair. Chief Werner is also the lead organizer and interim chair for the National Council on Public Safety UAS and is a certified Part 107 Remote Pilot with the Albemarle County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team. Charles also serves on the NPSTC UAS Working Group and the Metro Washington COG UAS Working Group.