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Boston Marathon Bombings: Lessons Learned

Join IPMBA and Deputy Superintendent Neil Blackington of Boston EMS for an in-depth look at the events of April 15, 2013, when terrorists struck near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. 

This program will examine the bombings and emphasize the importance of pre-planning, training, and operational discipline during a prolonged, multi-agency event.  You will gain a new appreciation for the importance of pre-planning, multiple casualty management, and inter-agency communications and operations.

Deputy Superintendent Blackington will be the keynote presenter during the Opening Ceremonies of the 24th Annual IPMBA Conference (May 21-23, 2014). The Opening Ceremonies will take place at 0800 on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at the Hilton Tampa Downtown.

Incidents like the Boston Marathon bombings highlight the need for training and preparation for events of any size.  Related workshops offered during the IPMBA Conference include Event Planning and Threat Assessment, EMS Tactics and Survival Skills, and Self-Aid/Buddy Aid for Public Safety Cyclists. 

Deputy Superintendent Blackington has been in public safety for more than 40 years, including 35 with Boston EMS.  His career spans Field Operations, Special Operations, and Special Projects.  He has worked as a police officer, firefighter, ski patroller, PSD contractor, self-defense instructor, and tactical EMS provider and trainer.  In 2004, he served as the lead EMS Liaison Officer to the US Secret Service Multi-Agency Command Center during the DNC. He has been an IPMBA member since 1999 and an IPMBA Instructor since 2000.

For a complete list of conference courses and workshops, please visit http://ipmba.org/conference/schedule-and-program.

Download a registration packet or register online today! 

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