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Ms. Heather R. Cotter is the Executive Director and Founder of IPSA. In 2014, Ms. Cotter formed the IPSA as a 501(c)3, non-profit public safety membership association in the State of Arizona because she recognized the need to establish a professional public safety organization that offers networking and training opportunities between EMS, fire, law enforcement, telecommunicators, and allied emergency responders. Ms. Cotter regularly interacts with the entire public safety community. 


Captain Quirarte is a 26 year veteran with the Ventura County Fire Department.  For the past 5 years he has been serving on the  Inter-agency Active Shooter Task Force as the project lead. Developed response procedures for all county agencies in response  to an active shooter event. This included changing the medical care procedures provided in a direct and indirect threat environment.  Ventura County has implemented a Rescue Task Force response model. Agencies involved: all County Fire and Law enforcement agencies, County EMSA, County OES, County Public Health, county private ambulance services, county hospitals, FIRESCOPE.  Captain Quirarte has coordinated instruction of over 2,200 Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters, EMS, and dispatch personnel.


Mr. Shawn Ward has 25 years of leadership experience in law enforcement, public safety, and management consulting.  Mr. Ward started his career as a police officer and detective at the Akron (OH) Police Department. He built the Akron  Police Department’s Planning and Analysis Unit and integrated GIS and crime analysis into day-to-day law enforcement operations.  He created the Four Pillars of Emergency Communications which provided a foundation for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Emergency Communications Ecosystem. He recently developed a first of its kind, Public Safety Cybersecurity for Leaders Training Program for the DHS Office of Emergency Communications.  He recently trained leaders from agencies across the country on public safety broadband including the governance, policy, and technical considerations for adopting LTE for mission critical operations. Mr. Ward has a B.S. in Political Science/Criminal Justice and M.A. in Urban Planning from the University of Akron.

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