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.
Given our Vision of creating an integrated response to any type of incident, the IPSA will methodically and strategically add committees to address the needs of the field. The Board of Director's Membership Committee governs these committees.
Civil Disturbances/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. 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.
All public safety officials and networks rely heavily on working in a secure environment. Without cybersecurity, public safety officials and departments are at risk and vulnerable to attacks. The IPSA's Cyber Committee shall be comprised of individuals who are current members of the IPSA that want to promote cyber awareness to public safety through education and research. Members of the committee will develop research briefs, hold webinars on cyber related topics, write articles for the IPSA's Public Safety Column, develop best practices for the public safey community. The Committee Chair is Thomas Scott, Executive Director of SC Cyber.
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 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.
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.
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. The committee develops webinars for the IPSA, publishes articles for our digital editorial, creates research briefs that will enhance the overall understanding of communication centers and the vital role of telecommunicators in emergency response. The overarching goal of this committee is to contribute to the progressive evolution of communication centers, creating a direct and positive impact on the public and public service community.
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.
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.
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 serves as Chair.