KEYNOTE The 21st Century Fire and Emergency Services: What the Future May Hold Over the last decade, local governments have witnessed an emerging set of issues, realigning the services provided, the political dynamic within the community we serve, new sets of expectations from the electorate, a demand for greater transparency, and a continual shifting of services from the Federal and State level to local government. If we look 30 years into the future, what are the forces of change emerging today, that will impact what the fire and emergency services will become in 2050?
The 21st Century Fire and Emergency Services Report which I had the honor to co-chair, identified eight emerging themes that are of such importance that each individually, or collectively, are likely to create significant change and have lasting impacts upon the existing fire and emergency services. I will provide an overview of those Critical Issues that are likely to be transformative on the profession in the next 30 years and demand attention if the fire and emergency services to remain viable and sustainable in the future.
GUEST SPEAKERS The Future of NIMS Extreme events like wildfires, hurricanes, terrorism, and pandemics are shaping our understanding of Incident Command. The panel will discuss the future of NIMS in managing complex events. - Can the emergence of NIMS after 9/11 teach us how to adapt incident management to the crises we are facing today? - Is COVID-19 pointing towards an evolution in NIMS? - What does NIMS look like in a networked world?
GUEST SPEAKERS Update from Joint Counter Assessment Team (JCAT) at the National Counterterrorism Center First responder awareness and information sharing can improve counterterrorism efforts, which ultimately increase first responder and public safety. This presentation discusses JCAT’s mission, organization, and recent product lines that can aid in first responder awareness.