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Our Public Safety Summit is an online event that will bring together all types and levels of public safety officials - law enforcement, fire, EMS, telecommunications, emergency management and allied emergency responders from around the United States and internationally.

It is designed to be an incredible learning opportunity for everyone that attends.

Attendees will walk away with several educational resources, tips, and strategies that they can apply in their agency.

This will be an online event only.

Event format

This event will be online. Recordings will be made available to registered individuals and registered organizations. We anticipate hosting 8-12 online events during this summit. 

Who should attend

We encourage 911 personnel, law enforcement, firefighters, EMS, tactical paramedics, emergency management personnel, public safety civilian personnel, healthcare professionals and allied emergency responders to attend this two-day multidiscipline, collaborative event.


We are purposefully keeping the cost of this event low. IPSA Members must login to our website first to access the discounted pricing.

This event will include a combination of lectures, breakout sessions and facilitated table-top discussions. The topics discussed will include active shooter, hostile events, mass casualty incidents, civil unrest among other relevant topics to public safety.

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Why sponsor?

The IPSA brings together the entire public safety community. Our attendees will include law enforcement, fire, EMS and public safety decision-makers.

We will set the stage for you by providing impressive and high-quality content to inspire conversations.

We promise to actively promote your company from the time you register through the end of the event. In other words, the earlier you register, the more value you get!

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All times listed are Arizona time (MST). 

December 12, 2023

0800hrs Active Bystandership (ABLE/Heroes)
Joel A. Dvoskin, Karen Collins Rice, and Abigail Tucker -Co-Founders - Heroes, United States

Years of academic research and on-the-ground experience has shown us that effective active bystandership can be taught. The Center for Innovations in Community Safety at Georgetown Law, partnering with global law firm Sheppard Mullin, has created ABLE* (Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement) to prepare officers to successfully intervene to prevent harm and to create a law enforcement culture that supports peer intervention. In 2022 Heroes Active Bystandership Training launched to take the value of active bystandership beyond law enforcement to other entities including fire & rescue, dispatch, corrections, and other aspects of the criminal justice system. ABLE & Heroes share one important goal; to create a culture in which employees routinely intervene—and accept interventions—as necessary to:

  • Prevent misconduct,
  • Reduce mistakes, and
  • Promote health and wellness.

Attendees can expect a highly interactive learning session. Attendees can learn how to create a culture of active bystandership in Public Safety and the evolution of ABLE and Heroes.

1000hrs Sensemaking in Incident Command
Clint Grabowski, Professional Development Sergeant, Calgary Police Service, Canada

The vast majority of critical incidents in law enforcement begin with a short radio transmission containing limited information and requiring a quick response. How do incident commanders quickly establish what is occurring to effectively coordinate a safe and effective response. What does the science say; and what occurs in the minds of the expert commanders vs novice commanders.. Case studies will be used to illustrate the principles.

1200hrs Spiritual Survival
Nick Vleisides, Chaplain Coordinator, San Ramon Police and Fire, United States

Body, Soul, Spirit. All three aspects of our being are impacted by continuous exposure to traumatic events and critical events. Not all responders are religious, but most of us would say we are spiritual. Whether religious or not, how do we navigate the journey of spirituality given how the work of being a first responder will take a bite out of your soul? There is no middle ground. Some give up on faith. Others dig down deep to wrestle with faith, spirituality and beliefs. Spiritual survival, for those of us who consider ourselves at least "spiritual" is a key aspect to resiliency.

1400hrs Response to Targeted Automobile Ramming Mass Casualty Incidents (TARMAC).
Frederick Haas, Paramedic Shift Commander - Health & Safety, Sussex County EMS, United States

Targeted Automobile Ramming Incidents or TARMACs are easily achievable mechanisms to inflict mass casualty attacks in our communities. Almost every town hosts a street fair, concert, open-air market, or parade - all of which have been targeted in terrorist attacks throughout the world. Even if the motivation isn't intentional, these types of incidents should be part of every emergency responders preparedness efforts. While its easy to think that these events are identical to managing an ordinary pedestrian accident, the injury patterns and operational considerations are very different. This presentation will look at the historic use of TARMAC by both organized and lone wolf terrorists throughout the globe. It will then focus on why these incidents pose different challenges for the emergency responder. Finally, ideas will be shared on how to help event organizers and community members prepare for safe open-air events in their communities.

1600hrs Planning for Domestic/Family Violence in all stages of Emergency Management
Andrew Williams, Public Safety Professional Doctorate Candidate, Charles Sturt University, Australia 

Domestic/Family Violence (DFV) increases after a natural disaster. Literature of the past 50 years has confirmed this. A key component to emergency management is planning. Despite what we have known for half a century, there is still a lot of room for improvement in how we increase our community resilience in this area, with planning still being the key.

December 13, 2023

0800hrs Vehicle-Based Incidents, Managing Risk for First Responders
Jon Odland, Constable, Calgary Police Services, Canada

Anytime an incident involves a vehicle it introduces a unique risk to first responders. From attempting to arrest and individual to providing aid to a person in a medical emergency, first responders are dealing with people behind the wheel of a vehicle on a daily basis. When responders are working around a vehicle and the person they are dealing with becomes non compliant things can escalate quickly. In the past responders have been run over, hit by vehicles, and dragged. This presentation will cover off lessons that have been learned in responding to these types of incidents. We will discuss ways that we can approach these incidents, assess the risk, and more safely provide aid to people in distress.

1000hrs Risk Management, Emergency Management, & Continuity Leading Practices
Adam Storms, City of Calgary, Canada

The City of Calgary recently went through a top-down organizational realignment that saw all of the City's operational services come under one department. Included in this major change was the establishment of the Operational Excellence division, which is responsible for leading all Risk Management, Emergency Management and Business Continuity (RM, EM and BC) efforts for the city's largest business unit. Prior to realignment all RM, EM and BC activity was distributed across multiple departments. Post realignment, these functions are now able to work more cohesively during normal and emergency conditions to support our public safety partners while ensuring the delivery of essential services to Calgarians.

1200hrs Using the Community Lifelines Model to Measure Incident Impacts
Tim Riecker, Emergency Preparedness Solutions, LLC

FEMA’s Community Lifelines model provides standardized categories of critical public and private sector functions essential to human health and safety and the community’s economic well-being. When used, they can provide context to incident information and an understanding of incident impacts using plain language. By quickly determining and continually monitoring the status of Community Lifelines early and throughout response and recovery, incident management systems at all levels can establish incident priorities to stabilize disruptions. This presentation will review each of the seven Community Lifelines, and utilize a case study to show the effectiveness of using Community Lifelines to gauge and monitor impacts and stabilization efforts.

1400hrs Multi-Agency Response to Radiological Device Diversion - Tales of Two Federally Sponsored Exercises
Dr. Amy Orders, Senior Director, NC State University, United States

NC State University, a public land grant institution, maintains increased security control programs and safeguards for radioactive materials of interest. The open access and unique operations of a higher education campus requires immense inter agency collaboration and preparedness. Partnering with the FBI Weapons of Mass Destruction Dictorate and US Department of Energy Y-12, NC State hosted 1887 Silent Thunder Tabletop Exercise and Curieus Disintegrations Functional Exercise, culminating in 5 days, four simultaneous lanes of activities (diversion, IED, hostage/active assailant and hazmat/decon) and nearly 600 participants from police, fire, emergency management, public health, public policy, local government leadership and communication officers. In person, collaborative exercise opportunities of this magnitude demonstrate the level of partnerships needed for response to large scale, high impact events.


All press and media inquiries about this event must be sent to Executive Director Heather R. Cotter. 

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