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FDNY 9/11 Hero to Address Standards Experts on Emergency Preparedness


New York, Sep 06, 2006

As the first New York City Fire Department (FDNY) chief on the scene during the World Trade Center attacks, Joseph W. Pfeifer, Chief of Counterterrorism and Emergency Preparedness, experienced firsthand the challenges faced by first responders in dire emergency situations. Five years after 9/11, Pfeifer will share his unique perspective on emergency preparedness and response at the American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) Homeland Security Standards Panel (HSSP) plenary meeting, September 25-26, 2006, at the Kimmel Center of New York University. With a focus on emergency preparedness, the ANSI-HSSP meeting will address the various security issues facing the nation today.

A 25-year veteran of the FDNY, Pfeifer served as the Planning Section Chief of the department’s World Trade Center Incident Command Team in the days following the collapse. He also established the GPS Recovery System to document the location of victims at the WTC. Later, he played an instrumental role in the development of the McKinsey Report, a study of the FDNY response to the World Trade Center.

“Chief Pfeifer’s remarks about his experience as a first responder and leader in emergency preparedness will set the stage for an intensive dialogue of lessons learned, progress made, and future goals still to be met,” said ANSI director of homeland security standards Matthew Deane.

The program will include sessions on how public and private sector organizations can assess their ability to prepare for emergencies and maintain business continuity after an incident. A panel will address several key examples of applicable standards, codes, and emergency preparedness programs. Discussions on the second day will focus on areas of planning for a global pandemic; mass/public transportation security; and all-hazards planning, response and recovery.

For more information on this event, please visit www.ansi.org/hssp. Advance registration is required.

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