Applying Technology Acceptance Research to Information Systems Implementation in the Fire Service

John Steward EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The role of a firefighter has remained relatively static over the years, but the way a firefighter documents an incident and accesses logs, maps, and a range of forms is changing from existing paper-based practices to digital media and its related systems. Staffing, incident reporting, response mapping, resource allocation, supply tracking,

Improving Information Sharing in the NYC Emergency Response Community

Kevin Harrison EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Information sharing between response agencies during large-scale emergencies operations in New York City (NYC) remains a challenge in 2018. Since 9/11, one of the major goals of emergency management has been to develop interoperability between response agencies. This thesis examines the issue of interoperability from the perspective of information sharing. Rather

Hacking the Silos: Eliminating Information Barriers Between Public Health and Law Enforcement

Cody Minks EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Law enforcement typically maintains public order and exists to “serve and protect”; this mission must be understood within the context of society, politics, governance, and the criminal justice system.[1] Despite incidents that demonstrate the importance of collaboration, law enforcement agencies rarely work closely with public health agencies on public health issues,

Asserting Collective State Sovereignty to Strengthen the National Network of Fusion Centers

Samantha Ladich EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The National Network of Fusion Centers, or National Network, is operating at a significant disadvantage; there are 79 fusion centers in the National Network implicating the state and local laws of 50 states, the District of Columbia, and three U.S. territories.[1] In addition, each fusion center that accepts funding from the

The Reality of the DHS Enterprise Field Intelligence Information Sharing Environment

Michael Brown EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Terrorist attacks such as those between 2014 and early 2017 in Garland, San Bernardino, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Seaside, and Chelsea highlight the increased challenge of preventing terrorist and homegrown violent extremists in the Homeland. At its core, the challenge for information sharing involves how federal, state, local, territorial, and tribal counterterrorism

A Visual Language for Situational Awareness

David DEmarco EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Can responders from various disciplines communicate situational awareness more effectively during homeland security incidents? Homeland security incidents vary widely in type and scale, from minor local events contained within one jurisdiction to major events that might span local, regional, and state boundaries. Responder’s decisions must be supported by the best possible