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2012 ISC West Conference, David Smith, President and CEO, Optellios

David Smith describes Optellios as being in the intrusion detection and perimeter protection business, using fiber optic cable above-ground or underground to protect military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as critical infrastructure, airports, seaports and for border protection in countries around the world.

2012 ISC West Conference, Las Vegas, NV, Gary Jones, MorphoTrak

Gary Jones indicates that MorphoTrak, a division of Safran Morpho, is the world’s largest and leading biometric company, whose technology manages 3 billion fingerprints worldwide at 500 government agencies in more than 100 countries. Mr. Jones demonstrates the award-winning single touch MorphoTrak finger vein and fingerprint FVP system.

2012 ISC West Conference, Las Vegas, NV, Steve Williams, CEO, Intellicheck-Mobilisa

Steve Williams explains that Intellicheck-Mobilisa, traditionally a supplier to the DoD and all four military services, specializes on Identity and Wireless solutions. Its identity products are deployed on more than 100 military bases and do six million scans a day. The company’s new wireless buoys, posted in the Potomac River and Puget Sound, operate autonomously and can track ships and detect anything in air, water or underwater within a range of 17.5 miles. In another new development, Williams says that law enforcement officials can now use iPhones, Blackberries and Androids to do identity checks with the company’s Fugitive Finder technology, opening up law enforcement as a new market for Intellicheck-Mobilisa.

2012 ISC West Conference, Las Vegas, NY, Tim Palmquist, VP Sales Operations, Milestone Systems

Tim Palmquist characterizes Milestone Systems as an open platform manufacturer of video management software that works with a rich ecosystem of 3rd party suppliers of cameras, servers, video analytics, access control systems or other products that enable the integrators and end users to freely choose  and architect best of breed solutions. City surveillance is a rapidly growing market at present, where their updated Xprotect version 5 and Smart Client products are being used, while other important markets include critical infrastructure, transportation and the federal market.

2012 ISC West Conference, Las Vegas, NV, Christopher Gaughan, ASSA ABLOY

Chris Gaughan explains that Assa Abloy offers a full range of architectural hardware for door solutions for commercial and residential applications, and at ISC West, has encountered a lot of interest from federal customers who are interested in products from its Sargent division that read FIPS cards, and this technology is generating interest among state and local government representatives as well.

2012 ISC West Conference, Las Vegas, NV, Joe McDonald, Board of Directors Member, ASIS International

Joe McDonald states that ASIS International, which has deep roots in federal government and law enforcement, has had a banner year in which membership increased from 37,000 to 38,000, with interesting new changes in membership demographics, accompanied by strong growth internationally. As a standards and training organization, ASIS has written and released a new organizational resilience standard and a code of conduct standard for provide security service providers, and is working on a new standard for the Department of Defense. McDonald also discusses upcoming ASIS events and collaborations with other organizations in 2012.

GSN Awards Dinner Winners and Sponsors: Tony Wilder, Incident Commander, Southern Agency Type 1 Red Team

The Bastrop County, TX  Unified Command was named Winner of GSN’s 2011 Award for “Most Notable Emergency Response – Federal, State or Local.”. Trophies were awarded to the Incident Commanders of all  four participating agencies.”

The Southern Agency Type 1 Red Team, the final unit to join the Bastrop County Unified Command, is described by Tony Wilder as an interagency incident management team which responds when called to major incidents such as large fires, floods, hurricanes and other disasters. It is one of two elite Type 1 Incident management teams in the Southern United States, made up of an elite all volunteer force that Wilder says he would rate a 10 out of 10 for effort, dedication and intensity. After he received the call from the Texas Fire Service saying that Bastrop County needed his help, team members on the roster were notified and given travel instructions according to a standard procedure that included  briefings and meetings resulting in a strategy and incident plan. If you follow the process, says Wilder, the results will come. Wilder confides that every year the Red Team borrows from the military, traveling to the battlefield of Shiloh with retired marines to discuss and evaluate decisions that were made. At this battlefield, he says, we learn how the Southern attack failed by not having a plan and having poor organization and communications. But the difference between a military battle and a fire, he concludes, “is that we don’t accept casualties. Everybody comes home at the end of the day, and they bring home all their toes and fingers, arms and legs.”

GSN 2011 Awards Dinner Winners and Sponsors: Elizabeth Cavasso, Type 1 Planning Section Chief, US Forest Service, National Incident Management Organization (NIMO)

The Bastrop County, TX  Unified Command was named Winner of GSN’s 2011 Award for “Most Notable Emergency Response – Federal, State or Local.”. Trophies were awarded to the Incident Commanders of all  four participating agencies.”

Elizabeth Cavasso’s career as a firefighter started in 1975 when she took a summer job to earn money for college. She liked it and and stuck with it, later becoming a “Forest Fire Management Officer”, which is equivalent to being a fire chief. She also qualified for Type 1 status, the highest qualified incident management level in the nation. In the Bastrop County incident, she recalls that Texas had been under extreme drought conditions and the Boise NIMO team had been put on stand-by. As the team drove into to Bastrop County, residents were on the way out, with trailers, flatbeds and their cars filled with their belongings. She knew that this was something serious. When Dan Kleinman of NIMO and Mike Fisher of Bastrop County met, the two incident commanders discussed how they would work jointly to manage the situation. Both concluded quickly that the situation would also require Tony Wilder’s Southern Red Team, which had more depth of specialists. It is true that many homes were lost, says Cavasso, but many more were saved, “because a group of people who did not know each other prior to this chaotic event came together and worked toward a common goal. That’s the beauty of the incident command system, and the beauty of how we’ve been trained. None of us do this for an award. We’re doing a service to our country, to our friends. We’ve been given an opportunity to provide a service, and that’s what we’re thankful for.”

GSN 2011 Awards Dinner Winners and Sponsors: Mike Fisher, Emergency Management Coordinator, Bastrop County, TX

The Bastrop County, TX  Unified Command was named Winner of GSN’s 2011 Award for “Most Notable Emergency Response – Federal, State or Local.”. Trophies were awarded to the Incident Commanders of all  four participating agencies.”

As Emergency Management Coordinator of Bastrop County, Texas, Mike Fisher was the first of four Incident Commanders to respond to the wildfires that ignited on Labor Day in September of 2011 and burned for 30 days before being contained by county, state and federal fire management teams. It was Fisher’s decision to call for state help first, from the Texas Fire Service under Incident Commander Bob Koenig, and then for federal assistance from the Boise National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) team under Dan Kleinman, and later from the Southern Area “Red Team” under Incident Commander Tony Wilder.  In this riveting interview  Mr Fisher recalls every detail, from the high wind and long drought conditions to the decision to focus on life safety first and then seek outside assistance, to the containment of the holocaust, but not before it burned 34,000 acres of land and destroyed 1714 structures, also causing two fatalities. “If we had any success at all in managing this horrible fire in Bastrop County,” says Fisher, “it was because all of us who had responsibility joined together in a unified command system, whereas each of us assured that the others’ missions could be accomplished.”  Fisher realized that his 26 years of service were all in preparation. “We followed the plan that we and our colleagues and the elected officials had put in place and had practiced. We were prepared for this day, and we knew it would come.”

GSN 2011 Awards Dinner Winners and Sponsors: Dan Kleinman, Incident Commander, National Incident Management Organization (NIMO)

The Bastrop County, TX  Unified Command was named Winner of GSN’s 2011 Award for “Most Notable Emergency Response – Federal, State or Local.”. Trophies were awarded to the Incident Commanders of all  four participating agencies.”

As an Incident Commander from the Boise NIMO team, Dan Kleinman provided interim federal assistance to the Bastrop County Unified Command in facilitating command and control of the Bastrop County firefighting effort in the worst wildfire in the history of Texas. Kleinman recalls getting the call in California at about 1600, arriving at about 2200 and meeting up with Mike Fisher of Bastrop County and Bob Koenig of the Texas Forest Service. They spent the night working together building an action plan in preparation for the scheduled 0800 briefing of the firefighters showing up from many different agencies. With a wind-driven fire that was 10 miles long, they knew that people needed to be evacuated,  so the first priority was “structure defense” rather than “perimeter patrol”. Initial reports had estimated the fire covered 10-14,000 acres, but it grew to 33,000 acres. Kleinman remembers wondering how everyone was going to interface, but something told him that Mike Fisher had been planning for this event  for 20 years. Confirming Mike Fisher’s take on the incident, he points out that the biases, emotions and egos that can arise were put aside. With solid objectives and priorities established, it all came together. It was an effective and efficient effort.

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