Webinar - Hostile Events: Preparing Your Emergency Services Organization for an ASHER Incident
As active shooter incidents become more prevalent, fire and EMS departments need to be ready so they can respond in the safest and most effective way. Join the National Volunteer Fire Council and International Association of Fire Chiefs for this free webinar on best practices to plan and prepare for an active shooter/hostile event response (ASHER) incident. Attendees will learn key principles from NFPA 3000 and the IAFC’s Active Shooter Toolkit, the steps to conduct a risk assessment, and resources and guidance available to develop a plan of action in your community.
• Despite the highest levels of preparedness an organization can achieve, the possibility that a malicious actor or actors may be able to initiate a hostile event cannot be completely eliminated.
• In such an event, some loss of life and damage is possible, no matter how ready an organization may be to respond.
• While today’s discussion, and the application of an ASHER Incident Responses Program, cannot prevent the loss of life, the actions first responders and individuals take in the first moments after initiation of an attack can make a significant difference in the ability to survive a hostile event.
• The material and content shared in the presentation is based on government guidance and “best practices” and it is our belief that adhering to such guidance places organizations in a better position of defense than if they were not aligning with those recommendations.
Tom Miller is a 35 year veteran of the Sissonville Volunteer Fire Department in West Virginia and has served on the NVFC Board since 2008. He has held many positions of leadership within his department and currently serves on the Department's Board of Directors in addition to being an active firefighter. Tom is active in the West Virginia State Fireman's Association and currently serves as its Scholarship Chair. Tom holds many certifications including, but not limited to: Firefighter II, Fire Officer II, Hazardous Materials Technician/Incident Commander, Swift Water Rescue Technician, Vehicle Machinery Technician, Rope Rescue Technician, and Fire Instructor III, and is an active Instructor with West Virginia University Fire Service Extension. He serves on the NVFC's Health & Safety and Conference/Education Committees. Tom also represents the NVFC on the NFPA 470 Technical Committee and the NFPA Joint 1001/472 Task Group. In his paying job, Tom is employed as the Privacy & Security Officer for the West Virginia Department of Administration.
Kevin McGee is a 40 year veteran of the fire service to include 11 years as chief of the Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue and currently is the Executive Officer to the IAFC CEO. Chief McGee is the Chair of the IAFC Terrorism and Homeland Security Committee. Chief McGee holds a Master's of Public Administration degree from George Mason University.
David Hall is the Director of University Safety at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. He retired as Fire Chief from the Springfield, Missouri Fire Department, where he served for 28 years and prior to that, he served as a volunteer firefighter for seven years. David serves on the IAFC’s Terrorism and Homeland Security Committee and was the IAFC representative for the Technical Committee for NFPA 3000 provisional standard.