High Threat Institute
The HTI aims to develop an innovative framework for instituting a public safety oriented platform of research, training, and education.
The Centers on the Public Service at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government recently established a High Threat Institute (HTI) in collaboration with the Arlington County Fire Department of Virginia. The HTI aims to develop an innovative framework for instituting a public safety oriented platform of research, training, and education that integrates law enforcement, fire services, and emergency medical personnel – among others – to more efficiently and effectively respond to and prevent against evolving scenarios of atypical emergencies and complex attacks, including, but not limited to: Active shooters, Explosives, Riot violence, Multi-site marauding, Fire and explosives as use for weapons, and Weapons of mass destruction
High Threat Institute
For those that are on the fence about attending. Check out this lineup of guests and speakers. You do not want to miss this!! You will find it impossible to find an event that offers all of this knowledge and experience under one roof!
The Arlington County Fire Department's High Threat Program will also have a static display showing off our Rescue Task Force concept and equipment.
Seats are still available, just email [email protected] to reserve your seat today!!
1 week until the Symposium!! Seats are going fast, so make sure you email [email protected] to reserve your seat!!
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We can't wait to see you on the 12th!
We hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday!
As a reminder, please email [email protected] to reserve your spot in this amazing event!!
This is an incredible educational experience that you won't find anywhere else, as well as a chance to network with peers from near and far!!!
Take a moment from your day to read our 6th speaker bio. Again, this is in no reflection of the order they will be presenting in. We are very excited to have Dr. Reed Smith present at the Symposium. For those who have not had the pleasure of attending a Dr. Smith presentation, they are inspiring, motivating, and you will be on the edge of your seat.
E. Reed Smith, MD, FACEP
Dr. Smith is currently the Operational Medical Director for the Arlington County Fire Department, an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine, and an attending physician at the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, VA. He has spent the last 10 years developing training and programs to address regional emergency preparedness and operational gaps in the National Capital Region, including as the operational medical director for the former National Medical Response Team - National Capitol Region and as a medical team manager for the Virginia Task Force-1 Urban Search and Rescue team. Dr. Smith also currently is a member of the health and medical responder safety subgroup under the federal InterAgency Board, a collaborative group of federal and local first responders that exists to standardize and provide strategic vison for first responders. In his current position as OMD for Arlington County, he oversees all medical operations, provider education, QA and medical protocols, and has developed new and innovative Fire/EMS programs including unique operational EMS sub-specialty teams and an innovative pre-hospital Rescue Task Force response to Active Shooter and explosive scenarios. In 2011, he co-founded and now co-chairs the non-profit Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) to facilitate medical knowledge transfer from combat to civilian use, and has developed programs and taught TECC to thousands of police and Fire/EMS first responders. Well known for his work in high threat medical response, especially involving active shooter/active killing events, Dr. Smith frequently presents at national and international medical conferences and delivers training to many groups ranging from tactical to operational to hospital-based. Clinically, he continues to practice as an emergency physician and is one of the assistant fellowship directors for the George Washington University fellowship in Disaster and EMS. Reed is a former EMS provider and Navy Field Medical Corpsman and has strong interests in EMS, Operational and Tactical Medicine.
The High Threat Institute is happy to release the bio on our 5th speaker. This is an amazing chance to hear a world class speaker who responded to the Sikh Temple shooting in Wisconsin and was wounded multiple times!
Lieutenant Brian Murphy retired in 2013 after serving with the Oak Creek, Wisconsin, Police Department (OCPD) for 22 years. He served as part of the OCPD Emergency Response Unit from 1992 until 2009. In this capacity, he served as a team leader, an entry team member, and an explosives breacher. Lieutenant Murphy was a member of the OCPD Evidence Technician Unit for 15 years. He worked his way up to serve as the unit’s team leader, supervising evidence collection for multiple large-scale incidents.
Lieutenant Murphy served with additional agencies throughout his law enforcement career, including the Jefferson, County, Wisconsin, Sheriff’s Department; the United Nations Security Service; and the U.S. Marine Corps. With the United Nations, his assignments included the United Nations Fire Unit, with additional duties including dignitary protection, armorer, control center coordinator, and the Secretary General detail. With the U.S. Marine Corps, Lieutenant Murphy was stationed at the Camp Pendleton, California, Corrections Battalion. He subsequently served with the Marine Security Guard in multiple overseas posts, including Kabul, Afghanistan; Bangkok, Thailand; and Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Lieutenant Murphy holds a master of science degree in organizational leadership and a bachelor of science in criminal justice from Marian University. He has also served as an instructor at several post-secondary schools, including Louisiana State University, Texas A&M University, the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech), and the Milwaukee Area Technical College.
Lieutenant Murphy has received numerous letters of commendation and unit citation awards throughout his law enforcement service. In 2005, Lieutenant Murphy was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal by OCPD for his role in an investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of suspected domestic terrorism where electrical towers were sabotaged. He was honored with the Wisconsin Professional Police Association Award for Valor, among other awards, for his actions in response to the shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin.
Good Morning!! Please take some time out of your morning to read about one of our fantastic speakers that will be presenting at the Symposium. This is our 4th speaker bio released, and we couldn't be more excited for Deputy Asst. Commission Ellis to make the trip over from the UK to present at this amazing event.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Graham Ellis; London Fire Brigade (LFB)
Graham Ellis joined LFB in 1983 and started his firefighting career at Westminster Fire Station, from where he attended a broad range of challenging fires and incidents in and around London’s West End. Whilst serving at Westminster, Graham attended several notable incidents including the Clapham Junction rail disaster in 1988, several IRA terrorist bombings, and numerous large fires.
Promotion to Station Officer saw Graham transfer to London’s East End in 1990, where he worked on one of the busiest firefighting grounds in the UK. After completing a range of specialist courses at the UK Fire Service College, Graham was promoted to Assistant Divisional Officer in 1997, and took up the post of Station Commander at Soho Fire Station, in the heart of the West End theatre district. Graham was instrumental in building and maintaining close community links with partner agencies and local groups in Soho, and developing public safety initiatives related to the night time economy.
Whilst serving at Soho Graham attended and undertook command roles at a broad range of major incidents, which included the Soho pub bombing and Paddington rail crash (1999), as well as major fires at Buckingham Palace and other high profile premises across the West End.
Following promotion to Divisional Officer in 2004, Graham headed up LFB’s recruit training, before moving into Special Operations Group to play a key role in preparations for dealing with terrorist incidents, and training to become an Inter Agency Liaison officer. Graham undertook command roles at attack sites during the 7/7 and 21/7 bombings in 2005, and formed part of the team which reviewed the multi agency response to the events.
After a spell heading up and reshaping LFB’s BA & Real Fire Training department in 2008, Graham returned to Special Operations Group, where he headed London’s Inter Agency Liaison Officer (ILO) cadre and undertook a secondment to the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command at New Scotland Yard.
Along with a small team, Graham worked with partners from Police, Health, Military and Home Office to shape London and the UK’s response models for addressing a range of unconventional terrorist attack methodology. This work involved close multi agency work in the UK, as well as with partners in the New York Fire Department (FDNY) and FBI in Washington. Graham was a frequent lecturer on the UK Fire Service College National ILO course.
Following promotion to Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Graham played a key role representing LFB and the UK Fire Service in the National Olympic Co-ordination Centre (NOCC) during the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games. This command centre was pivotal in ensuring the delivery of a safe, secure and successful Olympics.
After a short spell in LFB’s Strategy & Performance Department, Graham now heads up LFB’s Incident Management / Operational Assurance team and oversees fire service operations across the Greater London area.
In summarising his 33 year fire service career Graham says, “I’ve had the great fortune of working with some amazing people throughout my career, often serving in some of the best and most challenging roles in the UK Fire & Rescue Service; in a job that I still love. I was taught at an early age that as a fire service officer your primary concern should always be the safety and wellbeing of those under your command, be it in the day job or at operational incidents. I remain passionate about firefighter and emergency responder safety, in times of challenging & complex threats and competing pressures on emergency services budgets.”
Is everyone enjoying their weekend so far? Here is our THIRD speaker BIO. He is Retired Chief Michael Biasotti from the New Windsor Police Department!
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Chief Biasotti is a graduate of The United States Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security, Monterey California where he received a Master of Arts Degree in Security Studies. He is a nationally recognized subject matter expert in the area of untreated severe mental illness and its intersection with our nation’s Criminal Justice System. He has appeared as a subject matter expert on many nationally broadcasted television and radio programs and has authored numerous articles and papers on the subject. His 2011 award winning thesis, “The Management of The Severely Mentally Ill and Its Effects on Homeland Security” is widely cited by academics studying the issue.
As a subject matter expert, he has testified before a Congressional Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, (March 26th, 2014,) at a hearing entitled, “Where Have All the Patients Gone?”
Our second speaker BIO is posted!! This speaker led Unified Command for Arlington County Fire Department on September 11th, 2001 at the Pentagon. He is Deputy County Manager for Arlington County James Schwartz. Read more about him below and don't forget to register for the event by emailing;
Dr.Tonya Neaves @ [email protected]
James Schwartz is a Deputy County Manager overseeing public safety and technology in Arlington, Virginia. Until September, 2015 he was Chief of the Arlington County Fire Department. Chief Schwartz joined Arlington Fire in February 1984 and was appointed Chief in June 2004. Prior to his appointment as chief he served in a variety of fire department positions including Assistant Chief for Operations, responsible for all response-related activities, including fire, EMS, hazardous materials and technical rescue response, incident management and operational training. In April 2003, he was assigned to the Office of the County Manager where he served as the Director of Emergency Management until his appointment to Chief.
The Arlington County Fire Department was the lead agency for the response to the September 11, 2001 attack at the Pentagon. Chief Schwartz led the Unified Command effort for the Pentagon incident.
Schwartz serves on the Advisory Council for the Joint Counterterrorism Assessment Team at the National Counter Terrorism Center and is a member of the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Advisory Committee. He is a member of International Association of Fire Chiefs Committee on Terrorism and Homeland Security which he chaired from 2008 until August, 2014. He is also a member of the Interagency Board on Equipment Standardization a national board that works to strengthen preparedness in the first responder community.
Schwartz has lectured worldwide on crisis response, leadership and preparedness. He presents on the topic of command in the Joint Counterterrorism Awareness Workshops sponsored by FEMA and is a faculty member at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where he lectures in the Crisis in Leadership Program.
Chief Schwartz is a life-member of Leadership Arlington, an organization that develops and connects leaders in the public, private and non-profit sectors of Arlington County. He received the organization’s Leadership Legacy Award for 2012.
Chief Schwartz graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Administration and is a graduate of the Executive Leaders Program at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School.
Check out our first speaker BIO!! We are very excited and thankful to have Dr. Isaac Ashkenazi speak on the Israeli Response Model for the 21st Century Threats and Emergency Operations Symposium on December 12th. Registration information can be found on the actual event below
Professor Ashkenazi is an international expert on disaster management and leadership, community resilience and mass casualty events with both extensive professional and academic experience. He is considered one of the world’s foremost experts in medical preparedness for complex emergencies and disasters.
Ashkenazi is the former Director of the Urban Terrorism Preparedness Project at the NPLI Harvard University. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Emory University; an Adjunct Professor of disaster management at the UGA; a Professor of Disaster Medicine at Ben-Gurion University in Israel; Founder of NIRED Center at the College of Law & Business; Commander at Mobile Med One Foundation; Advisory Board of Israel Homeland Security; and a consultant to Harvard University, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, the White House, the World Bank, Rio Olympic Games, the Brazilian Ministry of Defense, India NDMA, SAMUR – Protección Civil, China Ministry of Health and other national and international agencies. Ashkenazi served as the Surgeon General for the IDF Home Front Command.
Ashkenazi received his MD Degree, summa cm laude, from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and in 1982, Ashkenazi volunteered to the paratrooper forces in the IDF as a military doctor. After four years of intensive military training, treating wounded soldiers and working under fire, Ashkenazi started his residency in ophthalmology at Sheba Medical Center. In 1992, he received a license to practice ophthalmology, from the Israeli Medical Association. One year later, he received his MSc in Ophthalmology, summa cm laude, from the Faculty of Medicine at Tel-Aviv University.
In 1993, Isaac decided to volunteer again to the IDF, this time as the Head of Medical Services in the West Bank. After one year of services, he was promoted to Head of the Public Health Department in the Medical corps. While continuing to serve in the IDF, he was graduated from Galilee College and received a Diploma in Medical Administration in 1996.
In 1997, he was promoted to full Colonel with the responsibilities of Surgeon General for the Home Front Command (HFC) and the National Medical Coordinator for Mass Casualty Incidents and Disasters. As the Surgeon General of the HFC he led medical mission teams to give assistance to the USA Embassy survivors in Nairobi, after the terrorist attack (August 1998), to the survivors of the earthquake in Turkey (August and November 1999) and in Greece (September 1999).
In 2000, Isaac went on a sabbatical to Boston, MA in USA, where he received a MPA (Master of Public Administration) from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Subsequently he received a Master’s degree (summa cm laude) in National Security from Haifa University.
Over the past thirty years, Ashkenazi has become increasingly interested in disaster management and has served in humanitarian missions in Asia, Africa, South America and Europe. He has given courses in Disaster Medicine; Disaster Management; Crisis Leadership; Urban Terrorism; Preparedness and Response for Mass Casualty Events; Individual and Community Resilience. He has published more than two hundred papers in medical and scientific journals, and presented his work in the United States, South America, Africa, Europe Asia and Middle-East countries. In the last twenty years, Ashkenazi has received Presidential Medals of Honor for Humanitarian Assistance from Turkey and Greece; the President of Rwanda; the Jewish Community in France, Turkey, Italy and USA; the UJC; and the Brazilian Ministry of Defense.
The HTI aims to develop an innovative framework for instituting a public safety oriented platform of research, training, and education that integrates law enforcement, fire services, and emergency medical personnel – among others – to more efficiently and effectively respond to and prevent against evolving scenarios of atypical emergencies and complex attacks, including, but not limited to: Active shooters, Explosives, Riot violence, Multi-site marauding, Fire and explosives as use for weapons, and Weapons of mass destruction.
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