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The Fall 2018 International Public Safety Association Symposium will be November 14 and 15 in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. The theme of our event will be centered on violent and non-violent Mass Casualty Incidents. 

Certificates of Attendance will be emailed to all Symposium Attendees by Wednesday, November 21. 


You will quickly see from our agenda that we are planning eight educational briefings. We promise to bring high-quality presenters and modern-day lessons learned, experiences and experts to our audience. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 

0800-0830hrs: Welcome and Opening Remarks

0830hrs - 0930hrs: Keynote Address
Personal Story from the Dallas Police Ambush Attack: Improving Survival from Active Shooter Events
Lieutenant Alexander Eastman was a responder to the July 7th, 2016 ambush of five police officers in Dallas, Texas. In his dual roles as a member of the Dallas Police Department SWAT unit and a practicing trauma surgeon, Dr. Eastman has been at the forefront of active shooter response and policy development. This presentation discusses current trends in active shooter response through the lens of the Dallas incident. Presenter: Lieutenant and Chief Medical Officer Alexander Eastman, Dallas Police Department.

0930hrs - 1000hrs: Networking Break/Vendor Showcase

1000hrs - 1100hrs
Lessons Learned from the Ghost Ship Warehouse Fire

The Oakland Fire Department was dispatched to 1305 31st Avenue, commonly known as Ghost Ship, on the evening of Friday, December 2, 2016. There was a party going on at the venue, and at some point, an electrical fire broke out. The attendees were unaware of the fire that started on the floor below them. And tragically, there were 36 fatalities. The first firefighters reached Ghost Ship shortly after the call was dispatched, and Battalion Chief James Bowron took command of the scene. It took approximately five hours for 52 firefighters, using 14 pieces of apparatus, to extinguish the blaze. Search and rescue personnel deployed UAS/drone aircraft using thermal imaging that unsuccessfully searched for survivors after a roof collapse made entering the scene unsafe. During this presentation Bowron will share his lessons learned from this MCI. He will shed light on what worked, the challenges they encountered and lessons learned from the after-action review. Presenter: Battalion Chief James Bowron, Oakland Fire Department. 

1100hrs - 1300hrs: Lunch (on-your-own)

1315hrs - 1415hrs
Baptism by Fire: The Martin Place Siege and the Birth of the Current Australian Medical Response to Terrorism 
In December 2014, a sole gunman took 18 people hostage at a cafĂ© in central Sydney, Australia. The event was broadcasted live on national television. What evolved over the proceeding 16hrs until the ultimate law enforcement resolution would leave the suspect and two others dead and expose the shortcomings of current EMS response to terrorism in Australia. Inadequacies of the response echoed the lessons hard learned from numerous events in the U.S. and abroad specifically pertaining to interoperability, training and equipment. What has evolved out of this is a fundamental change in the approach of EMS and law enforcement in Australia to the threat of domestic terrorism specifically in the provision of medical care to casualties. This presentation will present on the planning, response, lessons learned and system wide changes that have subsequently occurred as the result of this siege from the perspective of specialized EMS who were there. Presenter: Intensive Care Paramedic Oliver Ellis, Australian Tactical Medical Association. 

1415hrs - 1445hrs: Networking Break/Vendor Showcase

1445hrs - 1545hrs
Community Resilience: Applying Lesson Learned from the 
Sandy Hook Shooting

No one will ever forget the December 2012 tragedy at Sandy Hook, an event that tragically resulted in the loss of 20 children between six and seven years old and six adult staff members. At the time, Sandy Hook was the second largest mass shooting in the United States. While this was not his primary response area, John Reed was one of the paramedics inside Sandy Hook school. He brings a completely unique personal and first responder perspective to the Sandy Hook shooting. During this presentation, Reed will shed light on his preparedness, training and recovery. Reed lived in Sandy Hook, his daughter goes to the schools in the community, his father was Superintendent of schools in Sandy Hook for over 20 years and even had a school named after him. After the incident, his father came back to run the district for over a year. Reed will discuss his lessons learned, share his first-hand accounts from a community member and first responder perspective and discuss resilient community strategies for other agencies to replicate in their jurisdictions. Presenter: Paramedic Supervisor John Reed, Danbury Hospital EMS.

1545hrs - 1600hrs: Networking Break/Vendor Showcase

1600hrs - 1700hrs: NFPA 3000: The New National Standard for Preparedness, Response, and Recovery to Active Shooter Hostile Events
In this sessions participants will learn about the joint effort to bring representatives from emergency response, emergency management, facility management, healthcare, education, and others to create a first of its kind national standard. The NFPA 3000 standard is designed to bring entire communities together to manage these incidents. Participants will learn the process in which this was made, why it was made and receive a general review of the content of this groundbreaking standard. Further, the participants will be able o describe recent active shooter/hostile events, explain the process needed to achieve an accredited consensus standard and 
be able to outline the requirements for an active shooter/hostile event response program. Commander Michael Snyder, Prince George's County (VA) Police Deparment and Battalion Chief J. Scott Quirarte, Ventura County (CA) Fire Department and the International Public Safety Association representative on the NFPA's Cross Functional Emergency Preparedness and Response (ACT-AAA) Technical Committee that created NFPA 3000. 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

0800-0815hrs: Welcome to Day Two

0815hrs - 0915hrs
Is Your Communications Center Ready for an MCI? 
During an MCI, the communications center will be inevitably inundated with 911 calls from witnesses, victims, worried family members and media. 911 call takers and dispatchers are fielding multiple calls while trying to connect the dots in seconds, minutes and sometimes hours or days depending on the scale of the event. All the while, they must rapidly and effectively communicate with hysterical callers to get the pertinent information to the officers/responders/incident commander on scene. When the communications center is overloaded, it is critical for the 911 call takers and dispatchers to maintain a calm and confident tone throughout each call and during the chaos. During this presentation attendees will learn about the communications center’s role during MCI preparedness, training, review/development of response plans, recovery and after-action review. Presenter: Dave Mulholland, Administrator, Arlington (VA) Emergency Communications Center, 
Department of Public Safety Communications and Emergency Management.

0915hrs - 0945hrs: Networking Break/Vendor Showcase

0945hrs - 1045hrs
Federal Panel Discussion: MCI Prevention, Preparedness, Training, Response and Recovery Resources
An MCI is an all hands on deck event. Several after-action reviews and reports reveal that more training and resouces are generally needed in a particular area. The IPSA has invited several federal government branch officials to share the types of MCI related resources they 
have available to local, state and tribal jurisdictions. These educational resources are typcially developed by local, state, tribal and federal government subject matter practitioners and are typically available  at no-cost. During this panel discussion, the audience will hear from different federal goverment branch officials about the available MCI prevention, preparedness, training, response and recovery resources. Announcing presenters soon.

1045hrs - 1100hrs: Networking Break/Vendor Showcase

1100hrs - 1200hrs
Virgina Tech Shooting: A Survivor's Perspective
Lisa Hamp shares a first-hand testimony of the April 16, 2007, Virginia Tech shooting and her recovery journey afterwards. She describes how her class built a barricade to prevent the shooter from entering their classroom, as well as her struggle to return to a “normal’ life during the weeks, months and years that followed. Through her motivational and inspirational presentation, Hamp explains what made her eventually seek counseling after eight years and a variety of hard, but powerful lessons she has learned since that tragic day. She shares her perspective on emergency plans, safety, trauma, recovery and the importance of communication during crisis. Attendees will learn about the 
impacts of trauma and witnessing mass violence from a survivor's perspective, short-term and long-term needs of mass shooting survivors and take away ideas about best practices for individual and community recovery with specific focus on inclusive measures for all those impacted by the traumatic event. Presenter: Lisa Hamp, Virginia Tech Survivor, Inspirational Speaker.

1200hrs: Closing Remarks/Adjourn

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