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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. 

NOVEMBER 14 (0800HRS – 1700HRS)

General Sessions

0800-0830hrs: Welcome and Opening Remarks by Scott Edson, IPSA Board Chair

0830hrs - 0930hrs: Keynote Address
A Personal Story from the Dallas Police Ambush Attack: Improving Survival from Active Shooter Events
Lieutenant Alexander Eastman was a responder to the July 7, 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
Medical Response to Man-Made Mass Casualties
During man-made mass casualties, every discipline is overloaded with information and rapidly assessing the best possible strategy for response. From law enforcement and fire departments to 911 telecommunications, city and emergency management. During a major mass casualty incident, hospitals are triaging several patients at a time and quickly determining the best medical treatment for each individual patient. During this lecture, Dr. Kari Jerge, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Trauma Critical Care and Acute Care Surgeon, will discuss the medical response to man-made mass casualties. She will highlight the importance of making sure agencies are including hospitals during planning, exercises and after-action reviews. Presenter: Dr. Kari Jerge, University of Kansas Department of Surgery, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Trauma Critical Care and Acute Care Surgeon

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 hostages at a café in central Sydney, Australia. The event was broadcasted live on national television. What evolved over the next 16 hours 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
Attendees 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 to 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. Presenters: Commander Michael Snyder, Prince George's County (VA) Police Department and Battalion Chief J. Scott Quirarte, Ventura County (CA) Fire Department, International Public Safety Association representative on the NFPA's Cross Functional Emergency Preparedness and Response (ACT-AAA) Technical Committee that created NFPA 3000.

17000hrs: Closing Remarks/Adjourn

NOVEMBER 15 (0800 – 1200HRS)

General Sessions

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 resources are generally needed in an area. The IPSA invited 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 typically 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 government branch officials about the available MCI prevention, preparedness, training, response and recovery resources. Presenters: Emma Poon, Branch Chief, Regional and Stakeholders Branch Policy, Plans, and Evaluations Division at FEMA National Continuity Programs; Diane Alexander, Special Initiatives Manager for the Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC); Elisa Shutler, State and local Intelligence Analyst, Joint Counterterrorism Assessment Team (JCAT) located at the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC); and John Mizener FBI, detailed to NCTC/JCAT.

1045hrs - 1100hrs: Networking Break/Vendor Showcase

1100hrs - 1200hrs

Virginia 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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