General Sessions | Thursday, October 6

Incident Command Realities

Presented by Jacob Fisher

Room: Woodrow Wilson Ballroom

Incident Command – Primarily Law Enforcement Focused

Mental Health Mayday and Mass Casualty Incident Mop-Up

Presented by Stephen Odom

Room: Woodrow Wilson Ballroom

80% of First Responders are dealing with health or mental health issues. Most are stressed out, burned out and exhausted from working long shifts, mandatory overtime, and more calls for service than ever before. Fill your toolbox with mitigation techniques for acute stress that will reduce the symptoms of PTSD and decrease burnout. This course teaches methods for dealing with traumatic impacts of catastrophes and calamities. We will explore protocols for managing and stabilizing one’s reactions within the nervous system (CARES).

Breakout Sessions | Friday, October 7 & Saturday, October 8

ALERRT Research

Presented by Hunter Martaindale and Lori Moore-Merrell

Room: Woodrow Wilson Ballroom C

Times: Oct 7 at 3PM

In this session, U.S. Fire Administrator Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell will discuss the US Fire Administration’s role in training for integrated response to active shooter/hostile events, risk/threat assessment from the fire perspective, and how the US Fire Administration is modernizing their data efforts. Dr. Martaindale will conclude this session by discussing ongoing ALERRT research and providing attendees with an update of the active attack data from 2000 through 2021.

Black Swan - The Platte Canyon Hostage Crisis and Aftermath - A Parent's Perspective

Presented by John-Michael Keyes

Room: Woodrow Wilson Ballroom B

Times: Oct 7 at 1PM; Oct 8 at 1PM

Black Swan stems from the old belief that all swans were white, and was used in reference to something impossible. When black swans were discovered in Southern Australia, the meaning changed. It's now used to refer to an improbable event.  Black swan events can be both negative and positive; John-Michael connects the violent incident at Platte Canyon High School with the Black Swan Theory. The Law Enforcement version of this presentation dives into the actions and the lessons learned from the PCHS hostage crisis. And the aftermath is also in that category; how the outcomes and programs of The 'I Love U Guys' Foundation are unpredictably positive.

Breaking the MOLD: Developing Combined PD/FD Training Programs for High-Risk Events

Presented by Evelyn Edwards and Kerri Bouse

Room: Woodrow Wilson Ballroom C

Times: Oct 7 at 1PM; Oct 8 at 1PM

This presentation will discuss how Fairfax County public safety agencies developed training programs for joint response to hostile events. How training began, the obstacles encountered, and lessons learned. Instructors will review how the program has evolved to remain a training program that meets the needs of both departments while keeping Law Enforcement, Fire & Rescue and the public safe. Discuss the ideas, concepts and curriculum that can be brought back to your agency for application.

Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks - A Research Prospective

Presented by Kevin Clement

Room: Woodrow Wilson Ballroom B

Times: Oct 7 at 10AM; Oct 8 at 10AM

The presenter defines Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks and describes the characteristics, methods of attack, and challenges to responders. Using Mumbai 2008 attacks as a benchmark, he offers tools developed for First Responders, such as: Synopses of After Action Reviews for CCTAs and large Active Attacks; Drills, Synchronization Matrices, Emergency Message templates (in English and Spanish), Plans templates (CCTA Response, Family Assistance Centers); sample policy letters; and Community Action Plan with over 400 recommended actions to increase preparedness.

Effective Leadership

Presented by James Preston

Room: Annapolis 1-2

Times: Oct 7 at 10AM; Oct 8 at 10AM

Effective leadership helps students understand the critical role they play as leaders in their organization.  This training focuses on leadership concepts and principles that help students with developing reasonable goals and standards, creating a culture of excellence, and understanding why accountable leadership is needed at all levels in an organization.

Effectively Addressing Stress and Building Resiliency in Rapid Response Teams

Presented by Tina Jaeckle

Room: Annapolis 1-2

Times: Oct 7 at 8AM; Oct 8 at 8AM

The stress and resiliency needs of rapid response teams are unique given the impact of often unpredictable and potentially volatile crisis situations. This session will identify, define, and discuss the nature of stress and resiliency in RRTs and how to effectively build a stronger foundation both prior to and after a critical incident. Case studies and best practices models will also be presented.

Fit 4 Duty Lecture

Presented by John Cantarella and Kevin Willis

Room: Woodrow Wilson Ballroom C

Times: Oct 7 at 10AM; Oct 7 at 10AM

Lecture for the Public Servant to be Good To go

It's my first day as a front-line supervisor, and the mass casualty call comes in. Now what do I do?

Presented by Thomas "Sonny" Santos and Craig Uchimura

Room: Woodrow Wilson Ballroom B

Times: Oct 7 at 8AM; Oct 8 at 8AM

Applying training techniques to real-world incidents. Leadership and incident response confidence building in the ranks. Building on the AAIR platform, this presentation will give some examples on how to understand, teach and apply basic tenants of the Incident Command System for your team's incident response training. Lessons learned from the Hawaii team in growing your multi agency incident response training.  Detail will be focused on the Incident Response command boards, command and control and making ICS easy to understand for the rank and file.

Marter Incident AAR. Integrated Response to Fire as a Weapon.

Presented by Chris Walker and Frank Panza

Room: Annapolis 1-2

Times: Oct 7 at 3PM; Oct 8 at 1PM

In November of 2021, Ventura County FD and Simi Valley SWAT were presented with a barricaded subject that had used gasoline to set his house ablaze. Faced with heavy fire and initial limited information for both agencies, the two were able to come together and have a successful operation which prevented any damage to surrounding residences and no injuries to responders. This success can be directly attributed to the years of training together for fire as a weapon and the use of TEMS.

Mass Casualty Incident: The Intersection of the Medical Laboratory

Presented by Rodney Rhode and Shannon Billings

Room: Woodrow Wilson Ballroom D

Times: Oct 7 at 8AM; Oct 8 at 8AM

A mass casualty incident (MCI) or disaster occurs when “a destructive event causes so many casualties that extraordinary mobilization of medical services is necessary.” During an MCI, it is understood that the emergency department (ED) and all of its personnel must be prepared to handle and prioritize the care for the (usually) massive patient volume that occurs in such a short span of time. Typically, the first 24 hours are critical to saving lives. While it may be known by most that the physicians, nurses, and other front-line responders in the ED are in critical demand during these events, we must not forget the vital role that the medical laboratory and its highly trained personnel in laboratory medicine play during an MCI and other emergencies. The presenter will utilize a case study from the lens of a medical laboratory professional describing her experiences during the catastrophic event in Las Vegas that required coordination from not just front-line healthcare workers but also the medical laboratory professionals that helped to coordinate the treatment of the victims.

Taking Control: The Successful Disruption of the Active Shooter Attack at Seattle Pacific University

Presented by Sean Lawler and Cheryl Michaels

Room: Woodrow Wilson D

Times: Oct 7 at 1PM; Oct 8 at 1PM

An active shooter attack at Seattle Pacific University left one student dead, but a heroic response from a student disrupted the attack and saved lives. This response will be discussed in light of the body's neurological and physiological response, in addition to methods for building resiliency.

The Invisible Law Enforcement Officer: Keys to Self-Awareness

Presented by Michael Laedler and James Summers

Room: Annapolis 3-4

Times: Oct 7 at 3PM; Oct 8 at 3PM

Each day, law enforcement officers place their lives on the line to protect and serve their communities.  They love their career, but do they place enough emphasis on their growth to be the best version of themselves? This encouraging and uplifting presentation provides tools for law enforcement officers to increase their self-awareness to maximize their abilities to grow themselves and increase their skills to handle stressful situations.  The program will challenge law enforcement officers to build on their growth journey today!

Whole Blood Administration in EMS: A Regional Approach

Presented by Kenneth Pippin

Room: Annapolis 3-4

Times: Oct 7 at 1PM; Oct 8 at 1PM

The benefits of Low Titer O+ Whole Blood (LTOWB) transfusions for patients in hemorrhagic shock are well known. However, the logistics and cost of deploying LTOWB pre-hospital have largely prevented its expansion beyond Trauma Centers. Through partnerships between the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council (STRAC), South Texas Blood and Tissue Center (STBTC), San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC), University Hospital, and other hospitals and EMS agencies in the San Antonio, Texas region, these logistic and cost hurdles have been overcome. This has allowed for the life-saving pre-hospital administration of LTOWB by helicopter and ground EMS agencies throughout the region. This successful regional approach to LTOWB administration in EMS is an example that could potentially be replicated in throughout the country.