National Disaster Response Symposium

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Ballroom D

Join us for a “boots on the ground” symposium designed for responders who arrive in the initial moments of any imaginable mass-casualty incident. Leading experts with experience in responding, coordinating, and managing necessary resources will make 30-minute presentations and participate in Q&A panels. Your next response could be to an active shooter, train crash, industrial explosion, tornado, flood, structural collapse, major fire, mass poisoning, or another sort of unimaginable event. Gain insight from the experts on your immediate responsibilities and duties at any man-made or natural disaster.

Here are the experts you’ll hear from and have an opportunity to interact with throughout the symposium:


Richard Patrick, Chief, Director, National Fire Programs Directorate U.S. Fire Administration


  • Richard Hunt, MD, FACEP, Senior Medical Advisor
    What Happens to Triage in Overwhelming No-Notice Trauma Events?
  • Edward Kelly, General Secretary-Treasurer, International Association of Firefighters
    Explosions at the Boston Marathon
  • Joseph “Jay” Martin, S&T, Principal Director, Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate
    First Responders, Emergency Management and Disaster Response: How Does DHS S&T Support the Mission
  • Mitchell Moriber, Chairman, Catastrophic Guidelines & Triage Committee
    The Deadliest Little Bundle: Survival When Predictive Values Fail
  • John Peterson
    From Tornadoes to Hurricanes: The First Few Moments
  • Michael Ragone, Chief, Fire and Federal Services
    Does the Federal Patient Movement Program Work?