SEMINAR: Future Incident Scene and Future First Responder

  • House of Sweden

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An ever-changing and interwoven society driven by technological advances creates opportunities, as well as challenges, for anyone working to maintain and increase first responders’ ability to respond to emergencies and disasters. Government professionals, industry and academia need to consistently keep an ear to the ground and try to understand what the future will bring.

Join us for a seminar where we will put three perspectives in focus:
1 - Future incident scene and response from a strategic perspective
2 - Leadership and systems for multi-organizational response management
3 - Technical advances – more efficient, effective and more safe on scene response

All three perspectives will be approached from a multi-disciplinary standpoint, focusing on policy, as well as from the viewpoint of Government professionals, industry and academia.


Welcome Remarks:
Karin Olofsdotter, Ambassador of Sweden to the United States

Scene Setters: Problematize and contextualize current and future challenges – Future incident scene and future first responder
Moderators: Mr. Dan Cotter (DHS) and Dr. Christian Uhr (Lund University)

Keynote Speaker: W. Craig Fugate, President Barack Obama’s FEMA Administrator from May 2009 to January 2017

Panel 1: Future incident scene and response from a strategic perspective
Core focus: General focus on the characteristics of emergencies and disasters of tomorrow. Is there a need for a revised approach to response management, due to the technological development and the nature of tomorrow’s emergencies and disasters?
Panelists: Dr. Fredrik Bynander (CRISMART – Center for Crisis Management Research and Training, Swedish National Defense University), Dr. Phil Anderson (Associate Director for Research and Innovation at the Global Resilience Institute, Northeastern University), Greg Cade (Director of Government Affairs, National Fire Protection Association), John Delaney (Captain, Arlington County Fire Department), Lars-Göran Uddholm (CEO/CFO Head of Södertörn Fire and Rescue Services Association)

Panel 2: Leadership and systems for multi-organizational response management
Core focus: The emergency management paradox, i.e. on the one hand paying attention to internal leadership and supporting one’s own organization, and on the other hand working in a joint collective contributing to a holistic response. Designing and developing functional systems for future emergency and disaster management. Reproducing or rethinking?
Panelists: Prof Misse Wester (Lund University), Dan Alexander (Director of the National Integration Center, FEMA at DHS), Prof David Neal (Oklahoma State University), Dr. Denis Onieal (Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator, U.S. Fire Administration at DHS), Jim Schwartz (Arlington Deputy County Manager)

Panel 3: Technical advances and Innovation – more efficient, effective and more safe on scene response
Core Focus: Technological advances for a more efficient on-scene command. Focus on opportunities and challenges following the era of modern sensors, drones, high-tech displays and international cooperation.
Panelists: Dr. Carl-Oscar Jonson (Research Coordinator, Center for Teaching and Research in Disaster Medicine and Traumatology), Prof. Roger Barker (North Carolina State University), Prof. David S. Ebert (Purdue University), Raúl Ochoterena (Researcher, Swedish Research Institute)

Concluding Remarks and Ways Forward: By Moderators

Closure and Lunch Mingle
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The seminar takes place on October 4 at 9:30 am - 12:00 pm in House of Sweden


A photo ID and security check will be required for entrance.
Registration is required to attend the event.
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