DTF 2021- Community Resiliency  

We have all been acutely impacted by the pandemic. One of the many unfortunate by products of this tumultuous period, has been a marked increase in social and political divisions, extremism, and active violence. As leaders within our various faith-based organizations, it’s essential that we proactively prepare for these and other natural or human caused crises, so we can prevent or mitigate injuries, trauma, and loss of life. During our community resilience breakout session, we will discuss the multi-dimensional nature of the problem, and how we as sheepdogs can become the frontline of physical and spiritual defense, i.e., Immediate Responders, so that we can better ensure the safety and security of our flock. Come join us!

Presented by Bruce Whitney

Bruce is presently the program director for Integrated Community Solutions to Active Violence Events (ICSAVE), an Arizona-based charitable foundation dedicated to traumatic event prevention and preparedness training. He is also the Pre-Hospital Manager for Carondelet Health Network, responsible for the strategic direction, administration, training, certification, and regulatory oversight of eighteen public safety organizations, six hospitals and clinics.As one of the founding members of Arizona’s Disaster Medical Assistance Team (AZ DMAT-1), he presently serves as their organization’s Deputy Team Commander, responsible for the safety and security of a 12 to 35-person disaster response team. A passionate educator, Bruce has been actively teaching public safety and healthcare professionals, military personnel, and the community for over twenty-five years, and presently serves as adjunct faculty for Louisiana State University, the Department of Emergency and Military Affairs, and Pima Community College. Despite these various professional commitments, whenever possible he continues to serve his community in both a law enforcement and fire service reserve capacity.

Recently retired from active duty fire service, Bruce has served the greater Southern Arizona region for over twenty-six years. For seven of those years, he was a member of his Fire Department’s Special Operations Division, responsible for responding to all-hazard emergencies such as hazardous materials incidents, swift water, confined space, structural collapse, high, low angle, and rugged terrain rope rescues. Previous assignments included ten years with the Phoenix Police DepartmentReserve Bureau, where he was assigned to Patrol, Homeland Defense, Violent Crimes, and the Major Offenders Bureaus. Over the course of his career, he also worked as a Tactical Paramedic with the Pima Regional SWAT and EOD Response Teams, as a flight paramedic with Arizona LifeLine, and as a hospital-based paramedic with Tucson Medical Center. Finally, after more than twenty-eight years of active, guard and reserve military service, he retired after his last assignment located on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Bruce and his family presently reside in Southern Arizona.

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