FDNY 9/11 Hero to Discuss Emergency Preparedness/Response at ANSI-HSSP Meeting

As the first New York City Fire Department (FDNY) chief on the scene during the World Trade Center attacks, Joseph Pfeifer 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 Sept. 25-26 at the Kimmel Center of New York University.

A 25-year veteran of 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 FDNY's response to the World Trade Center.

Pfeifer currently is FDNY's chief of counterterrorism and emergency preparedness.

"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.

With a focus on emergency preparedness, the objective of the ANSI-HSSP meeting is to address the various security issues facing the nation today.

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, visit http://www.ansi.org/hssp. Advance registration is required.

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