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INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC SAFETY ASSOCIATION
Together we are stronger

Committees

The International Public Safety Association's Committees are an opportunity for our Members to roll  up their sleeves to develop policies, recommendations, publications and artifacts for the Association and the global public safety community.  

Given our Vision of creating an integrated response to any type of incident, the Association will methodically and strategically add committees to address the needs of the field. The Board of Director's Membership Committee governs these committees.

Our list of Current Committees and Committee Membership Opportunities are listed below. The committees are listed in alphabetical order.

Committee Chair Opportunities

Cyber
Emerging Technologies
Civil Unrest 
Fitness/Nutrition/Health/Wellness
Rural Areas/Small Municipalities

To apply for the position of Chair, you must be a Voting Member and complete this application. 

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Current IPSA Committees 

Communications Committee

The Communications Committee is responsible for providing the International Public Safety Association information and direction on the current and projected status of communication centers within the public safety spectrum as it pertains to operations, training, response and professional development.

While working earnestly within the IPSA mission, this committee will effect positive change by collaborating with other committees, and information-sharing within the membership. The committee will work diligently to develop strategies, publish articles, and distribute any pertinent information through various mediums that will aim to enhance the overall understanding of communication centers and the vital role of telecommunicators in emergency response.

The overarching goal of this committee shall be to contribute to the progressive evolution of communication centers, creating a direct and positive impact on the public and public service community. Niky Smith, Communications Supervisor with Cypress Creek EMS serves as Chair.

Emerging Technologies Committee

The Emerging Technologies in Public Safety Committee consists of representatives in law enforcement, fire, EMS, and the private sector. This Committee is responsible for providing the IPSA with contemporary information on all matters relating to the development and implementation of operational and tactical technology solutions that have application in Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS, Emergency Management, and Security. Dennis Weiner, retired police chief, serves as Chair.

Memorial Committee

Our constituency includes the entire public safety community. As an Association of public safety practitioners, we serve and represent those who risk their health and their lives in the service of our communities. The purpose of the International Public Safety Association's Memorial Committee is to establish a mechanism for announcing and acknowledging the Line of Duty Death of a public safety practitioner (law, fire, EMS, K9s, and all other emergency responders). This working group shall consist of individuals who want to help us commemorate those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. James Dundas, retifed firefighter, serves as the Memorial Committee Chair.

Mental Health Committee

New Committee! IPSA is accepting applications for committee member appointments through June 30. 

Only applications from current IPSA Members will be fully reviewed and considered. If you are not a present member, you can join today at www.joinipsa.org/Membership.

This committee will address contemporary issues relating to public safety mental health issues and programs. Specifically, the IPSA Mental Health Committee will conduct research to develop papers, policy, position statements and relevant artifacts for the IPSA to share with the global public safety community. 

In addition, the committee may create a training course or host a seminar for public safety about public safety mental health programs.

Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM serves as Committee Chair. He brings 20 years of experience in training civilians and law enforcement on topics including, including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder, burnout, vicarious traumatization, psychopharmacology, and verbal de-escalation techniques. He has authored over 300 book reviews, given over 150 professional presentations,both nationally and internationally, and have authored or co-authored a number of articles in psychiatry and psychology.

Multidiscipline Mentoring Committee

Public Safety Professionals often find that they have to wear several hats throughout their career. For example, you may start your career by working patrol, then a few years later you’re on the SWAT Team, and then you’re promoted to Sergeant and performing administrative functions like budgeting and strategic planning. Often times, as a result of your success and professional growth, you may find that their organization does not have adequate training resources or skilled personnel in place to help bridge the gap when you’re given a new assignment or promoted into a new role. The International Public Safety Association believes that everyone can gain much by reaching outside their respective agencies to network with other professionals in the field.

Given this, the International Public Safety Association is establishing a new Mentoring Committee to develop and oversee a new Multidiscipline Mentoring Program. Ultimately, our goal is to make your job a little easier by giving you the ability to easily reach out to a peer or colleague who can address your questions and point you in the right direction. If you’re a patrol officer and you want to know what you should have in your “go bag” one of our Mentors with a background in TCCC or TEMS will be able to give you some advice and point you in the right direction.

The Committee Chair is Chief Brian Bayani with Northwest EMS (TX). Chief Bayani will be charged with establishing our new Multidiscipline Mentoring Committee and will ultimately help form a new Multidiscipline Mentoring Program for our members.

Peer Review Committee

The purpose of the Peer Review Committee is to provide the International Public Safety Association guidance in all matters relating to the development of the IPSA Journal. To date, this committee has established manuscript guidelines for the IPSA Journal and created a checklist and criteria for publication to include specific measures for review to all for approval, rejection and resubmissions.

The Peer Review Committee Chair is ultimately responsible for the review and collectively approve or reject a submission based on the criteria the committee established. This working committee meets remotely several times a year to review manuscripts and to shape the publication of each IPSA Journal. Dr. Rick Bistline, retired law enforcement and leadership/trainer, serves as Chair.

RPSO Committee

IPSA is accepting applications for committee member appointments through June 30. 

Only applications from current IPSA Members will be fully reviewed and considered. If you are not a present member, you can join today at www.joinipsa.org/Membership.

Now, more than ever, we need to work together to deliver positive stories about public safety. The Recognize Public Safety Officials (RPSO) Committee will be charged with discovering, developing, and publishing items and messages of positive and uplifting nature. These messages will energize our membership and the general public’s appreciation to the positive side of the Public Safety professions (Telecommunications, Emergency Medical Services, Fire, Law Enforcement, and all other Emergency Responders). The RPSO Committee shall be comprised of individuals who are current members of the Association that want to make a difference by sharing positive stories about our public safety heroes. 

Jennifer Stewart serves at the Committee Chair. She is currently a Communications Supervisor and Shift Training Supervisor at Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department in Charlotte, NC with over 15 years of emergency services in Mecklenburg County. 

RTF Committee

The purpose of the Rescue Task Force Committee is to provide the International Public Safety Association guidance in all matters relating to the development, management and training practices of Rescue Task Forces.

The committee shall enhance the cooperation and the sharing of information between agencies who use Rescue Task Forces and those exploring the possibility of starting a Rescue Task Force; the Committee will publish documents and articles to assist in the understanding of the benefits, costs, and complexities of on-going Rescue Task Force training and management. Captain Brad Havrilla with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue serves as Chair.

TEMS Committee

Tactical Emergency Medical Support is integral to SWAT and police Tactical Units in providing Special Operations Medicine in the pre-hospital setting. Tactical medics deliver point of wounding care in the direct threat, indirect threat and tactical evacuation phases of the austere environment. TEMS responds to high threat incidents such as: high risk warrants, terrorist attacks, active shooters and other intentional mass casualty incidents.

The IPSA TEMS Committee is committed to serving the IPSA mission and will contribute to the professional development of the public safety community. This committee will create an international database of TEMS resources, training materials and standard operating procedures. Through collaboration it will share publications, case studies and journal entries based on best practices and experiences from the tactical environment. The TEMS Committee will work together with all IPSA committees to establish an all hazards approach and integrated response to public safety emergencies. Shane Fitzpatrick, EMT-P at Emergency Medical Services, Calgary Metro Alberta Health Services serves as Chair.

UAS Committee

New Committee! IPSA is accepting applications for committee member appointments through June 30. 

Only applications from current IPSA Members will be fully reviewed and considered. If you are not a present member, you can join today at www.joinipsa.org/Membership.

The IPSA UAS committee will address contemporary issues relating to UAS programs and public safety. Specifically, the IPSA UAS committee will research to develop papers, policy, position statements and relevant artifacts for the IPSA to share with the global public safety community. In addition, the committee may create a training course or host a seminar for public safety about UAS programs.

Charles Werner (Charlottesville Fire Chief Ret.- Emeritus) serves as Chair. Chief Werner is also the lead organizer and interim chair for the National Council on Public Safety UAS and is a certified Part 107 Remote Pilot with the Albemarle County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team. Charles also serves on the NPSTC UAS Working Group and the Metro Washington COG UAS Working Group.

Appointments will be for 3 years. All committee members appointed will have to maintain their IPSA membership and remain in good standing during appointment.

This is a working committee and it is volunteer-based. All appointed members are expected to participate in each meeting to help the committee meet its goals.

Committee meetings are remote. No travel is required unless agreed upon by the entire committee.


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