FRI is the world’s largest gathering of the fire and EMS community. The don’t-miss opening general session will prepare for three incredible days of purposeful learning, networking opportunities, new and renewed connections, and continued support of your advancement and sustained success.
This session will feature a panel of Fire Chiefs that were instrumental in the leadership and operations during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. They are all members of the IAFC Terrorism and Homeland Security Committee. This is the first time these fire and law enforcement leaders will come together on stage to share their stories. This thought leadership exchange will focus on lessons learned these past 20 years, how we have built and improved our preparedness and will present a vision for what the fire service should do moving forward.
Michael Little, Assistant Chief (Ret), Los Angeles Fire Department, California
Jim Schwartz, Deputy County Manager, Arlington County, Virginia
o Former Fire Chief Arlington County, Virginia
o Incident Commander during 9/11 at the Pentagon
Joseph W. Pfeifer
o Senior Fellow, Program on Crisis Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School
o Director Crisis Leadership, Columbia University
o Chief of Counterterrorism and Emergency Preparedness for FDNY
o First Chief on Scene during 9/11
o Former Fire Commissioner NYFD
o Operations Officer during 9/11 for FDNY
Chris Combs, National Security Executive and Special Agent in Charge, FBI,
o Incident Commander during 9/11
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