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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.

It's important to note that IPSA Committees are working groups, and all committee members should expect to volunteer between four - 10 hours per month to help the committee meet its goals. 

Committee Opportunities

The application period to serve on an IPSA committee closed on 1/31. The next open call will be July 1, 2019.

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Public Safety Communications & Technology Committee

Scott Edson serves as Committee Chair of the newly formed Public Safety Communications and Technology Committee. This Committee is responsible for providing the IPSA with emerging and contemporary information on all matters relating to the development and implementation of communications and technology solutions, including cyber security risk mitigation considerations, that have application in law enforcement, fire, EMS, emergency management, security and healthcare.

Memorial Committee

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. This is a working committee. All committee members should expect to volunteer between 3-8 hours of time each month. James Dundas, retired firefighter, serves as Chair.

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. 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. Deputy Police Chief James "Tim" Bryan serves as Chair.

RTF Committee

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. Lieutenant George Steiner with Elgin Fire Department serves as Chair.

Fitness/Wellness Committee

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.

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. Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM serves as Committee Chair.

UAS Committee

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. Wesley Bull serves as Chair.

TEMS Committee

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. 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.

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