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Improving Understanding and Collaboration Among First Responders


In this unique training, three speakers (Maureen Hennessy Benson, Dave Blodgett, and Sheldon Greenberg) speak about the "institutional culture" of five responder groups: law enforcement, EMS, fire, public health, and private security in an attempt at fostering understanding among these groups.


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Topic 1: Improving Understanding and Collaboration Among First Responders

  • Part 1: Training Module Framework
  • Part 2: Pre-Event
  • Part 3: Event
  • Part 4: Post-Event


Shelly GreenbergSheldon Greenberg is the Director of the Division of Public Safety Leadership in the School of Professional Studies, Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining JHU, Sheldon served as Associate Director of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) in Washington, D.C, directing the Management Services Division and providing technical assistance and intervention services to police agencies worldwide. He directed organizational assessments in over 50 major police and sheriffs’ departments.

Sheldon began his career as an officer in the Howard County (MD) Police Department, serving as an investigator, public information officer, supervisor of the youth unit, director of the police academy, director of research and planning, assistant to the chief of police, and commander of the administrative services bureau.

Sheldon is one of the founding members and past president of the Maryland Crime Prevention Association. He has worked with police in Cyprus, Jordan, Kenya, Panama, Hungary, Pakistan, and the Czech Republic. Sheldon served on several national commissions and task forces on police profiling, police response to people who have mental illness, and police recruitment and selection. He is the author of several books and numerous articles and chapters. Sheldon is an expert witness in state and federal courts on police patrol policy and tactics. He received his B.S. from Loyola College in Baltimore, M.Ed. from The Johns Hopkins University, and Ph.D. from Union Institute and University.

Maureen Hennessy BensonMaureen Hennessy Benson retired from the Prince George's (MD) Fire/EMS Department as the Lieutenant Colonel in charge of Special Operations after twenty-three years of service. During her tenure she served in many capacities: Prince George’s County Fire Marshal, Legislative Liaison for the Fire Department for both State and Local government, member of the Level III Hazardous Materials Team, and paramedic. As a graduate of the Prince George's County police academy, she was in charge of the bomb squad and arson unit. Maureen received both her B.S. and M.A. from the University of Maryland in College Park. She is also a graduate of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program and was a 1996 recipient of a Harvard Fellowship for the "Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government". Maureen currently coordinates the Fire/EMS Executive Leadership Program in the Division of Public Safety Leadership.

Dave BlodgettDavid Blodgett is the Director/Health Officer of the Soutwest Utah Public Health Department and is also a consultant with the Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health Preparedness. Dr. Blodgett is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins General Preventive Medicine Residency, where he was also chief resident, and is also board certified in Preventive Medicine. He is a graduate of the University of Utah School of Medicine, holds an MPH from Johns Hopkins, and completed clinical training at the Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, N.Y. Dr. Blodgett’s primary areas of focus include all hazard emergency preparedness training and bio-terrorism response, risk communication, and public health emergency response. As are all General Preventive Medicine physicians, Dr. Blodgett is a generalist, dealing with a wide range of issues facing the health of the population, including Chronic Disease Prevention, Clinical Services, Environmental Health, Health Promotion in addition to Emergency Preparedness.

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