High Threat Institute

The Centers on the Public Service at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government recently established a High Threat Institute (HTI) in collaboration with the Arlington County Fire Department of Virginia.

Given the limited opportunities for an actual crisis-related experience, decision-making models have highlighted a need for operational diversity within collaborative exercises. Information sharing is, therefore, a critical need for the effective and efficient administration of response activities. Each crisis, thus, makes available incident information and generates fertile insights toward the adoption of standardized procedures and superior policy choices.

The HTI aims to develop an innovative framework for instituting a public safety oriented platform of research, training, and education that integrates law enforcement, fire services, and emergency medical personnel – among others – to more efficiently and effectively respond to and prevent against evolving scenarios of atypical emergencies and complex attacks, including, but not limited to:

  • Active shooters,
  • Explosives,
  • Riot violence,
  • Multi-site marauding,
  • Fire and explosives as use for weapons, and
  • Weapons of mass destruction.

Thee HTI will examine and develop operational training, tactics, and plans for high threat incidents that require simultaneous operations and comprehensive integration of public safety capabilities.

Together, the aforementioned entities are a unique position to assist first responders both regionally and nationally in developing cutting edge approaches to the continued professionalism and advancement of incident management.

Founding Members include:

  • Capt. John Delaney, High Threat Response Program, Arlington County Fire Department (Virginia)
  • Dr. E. Reed Smith, Operational Medical Director, Arlington County Fire Department (Virginia)
  • Capt. Sean S. Newman, Center for Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness, New York Fire Department
  • Mr. Thomas Anger, Attorney and Emergency Medical Technician
  • Capt. Ryan McGovern, Homeland Security Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives, Boston Fire Department
  • Deputy Chief John M. Esposito, New York Fire Department
  • Asst. Chief Michael Marino, Special Operations and Investigations Commander, Prince George County Fire Department (Maryland)
  • Asst. Director Jeffrey M. Dulin, International Association of Fire Chiefs
  • Mr. Daryll Stroud, Senior Officer, London Fire Brigade

More information to come soon!

Federal Management Leadership Center Director

Dr. Sheldon Edner

State and Local Government Center Director

Frank Shafroth

Nonprofit Management Center Director

Dr. Alan Abramson 703-993-8189 aabramso@gmu.edu