Upcoming Events | Home  |  Email Updates


Upcoming Events


March 2010 - Applied Science Center of Innovation and Excellence in Homeland Security

RaCERS staff attend christening of the Applied Science Center of Innovation and Excellence in Homeland Security (now named Morrelly Homeland Security Center) in Bethpage, New York. The Center, which will include City University of New York as a partner institution, will bring together industry, government, and academic researchers. The ceremony was attended by numerous elected officials, and Emergency Management Commissioners or Directors from the State of New York, Nassau, Suffolk, and New York City. Commissioner Sal Cassano, FDNY, gave the keynote address. The Center will be headed by John Jay alum Richard Rotanz.

March 2010 - "Report from Haiti: Through the Eyes of Urban Search and Rescue Teams"

The world has watched with concern as the people of Haiti cope with the unprecedented devastation of earthquake of January 12, 2010. This report was a first-hand account of one of America's most experienced Urban Search and Rescue responders. It was geared to the lay person, as well as those interested in emergency management and technical rescue. Battalion Chief Collins is also a member of the Advisory Board for the College's Christian Regenhard Center for Emergency Response Studies (RaCERS). A follow-up discussion was held and focused on a research agenda for urban search and rescue.

More than 50 John Jay students, faculty members, alumni and guests attended "Report from Haiti: Through the Eyes of Urban Search and Rescue Teams.". Other co-sponsors included the Office of Student Development, IAEM Student Chapter, and the Homeland Security Club. Outside attendees included representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); New York Police Department; and the NYS Senate.

Speakers included FDNY Battalion Chief Joe Downey, Special Operations Command, and Lt. Tom Donnelly, (FDNY Rescue 1), both of whom are part of NY-TF1, the City's urban search and rescue team.

The presentation was followed by a Question and Answer session lasted more than two hours, coming to a close shortly after noon. The moving presentation included many onsite photographs taken only hours following the massive 7.0 January 12 earthquake devastated Haiti’s capital city, Port-au-Prince, killing thousands and destroying thousands of buildings.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), under the authority of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, led the U.S. government’s response efforts. The Los Angeles (Calif.) and Fairfax County (Va.) US&R Task Forces were activated and deployed by USAID pursuant to existing agreements. In addition, four U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) US&R Task Forces, from Virginia Beach (Va.), New York (N.Y.), Miami-Dade (Fla.), and Miami (Fla.), were sent to Haiti. This was the first time that FEMA had sent US&R Task Forces outside the United States. Collectively, these six US&R teams rescued at least 47 people from underneath collapsed buildings, according to Gunnar J. Kuepper, IAEM-USA Region 9 President.

May 2010 - "Recent Developments in High-Rise Building Evacuation"

The safety of high-rise buildings continues to be a concern from both a fire safety and criminal or terrorism perspective. This panel brings together distinguished panelists to discuss the latest developments in this rapidly-evolving field.


"Use of Elevators for High-Rise Evacuation"

Norman Groner, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Protection Management, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY)

Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers committee on Use of Elevators for Evacuation

"New Code Provisions, Local Legislative Update, and New Technologies to Assist in Planning and Incident Response."

Jack Murphy, Consultant and Representative, Fire Safety Directors Association of New York

Charles Jennings, PhD, Director, Christian Regenhard Center for Emergency Response Studies, Moderator




March 2009 – RaCERS received donation of artwork at its inaugural Advisory Board meeting.

Audrey McMillan, a friend of the Center, donates “A Prayer for My Brother” by renowned aviation artist William S. Phillips.


March 19-20, 2009 – First Advisory Board meeting held

The meeting included a dinner and all-day meeting the following day

May 7, 2009 – Battalion Chief Michael Buckheit, FDNY Marine Division, presents an overview of rescue efforts or the crash of USAirways Flight 1549 into the Hudson River.

May 17, 2009 – RaCERS faculty observe PATH Drill held at World Trade Center

This exercise was designed to simulate a bomb attack on a PATH train in the tunnel between the World Trade Center and Exchange Place stations. The exercise was jointly organized by Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and New York City officials. Numerous supporting agencies participated.

June 2009 – RaCERS Representative Visits US Army Lessons Learned Center

RaCERS Director Charles Jennings attended briefings on the Center for Army Lessons Learned at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas in June 2009. These briefings and discussions with CALL staff are being used to help refine RaCERS methodology for developing lessons learned for civil first responders.

June 2009 – RaCERS Representative Visits US Army Lessons Learned Center

RaCERS Director Charles Jennings attended briefings on the Center for Army Lessons Learned at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas in June 2009. These briefings and discussions with CALL staff are being used to help refine RaCERS methodology for developing lessons learned for civil first responders.

June 3, 2009 – RaCERS faculty observe Empire '09, a full-scale exercise involving a radiological dispersal device in the Albany, NY area.

The exercise, overseen by the New York State Disaster Preparedness Commission, involved local, State, and federal assets including the Federal Radiological Monitoring and Assessment Center (FRMAC) and US Department of Energy.

July 2009 – RaCERS Hosts Inaugural Visiting Scholar

RaCERS hosted its first visiting scholar. Erika de Guttry, (shown with James Manahan, Chief of Operations, FDNY) a post-graduate of the University of Pisa, holds a position sponsored by RaCERS, John Jay College. Her position is being hosted by the Fire Department of New York, where she is studying emergency incident planning. Ms. De Guttry studied legal and administrative aspects of response to disasters in Italy. She will be resident through October 2009.

September 2009 – Seminar by visiting researcher Erika de Guttry, "Coordination of Emergency Services In Italy and the European Union – Reflections on NIMS and CIMS"

Ms. de Guttry presented the findings of her joint research-in-residence at John Jay College's Christian Regenhard Center and the FDNY. The research described Italian and European Union approaches to disaster management, and made comparisons with the National Incident Management System and New York City's Citywide Incident Management System. Her presentation is also posted under our publications page.

October 2009 – Former Philadelphia Fire Commissioner, Arlington County (VA) Emergency Communications Director share observations and thoughts on MOVE Incident, Pentagon Attack

The October Conference, held in conjunction with an Advisory Board meeting, included presentations on incident management at the MOVE siege of 1985, and the Pentagon Attack of 9/11/01. Former Philadelphia Fire Commissioner William Richmond, and Steve Souder, then-Director of Emergency Communications for Arlington County, Virginia offered their first-hand experiences in these events. The audience enjoyed a moving and thoughtful discussion on elements of police and fire coordination in these two milestone events in American public safety history.

November 2009 – RaCERS seminar on "Modeling First Response"

Prof. Robert Till presented his innovative research utilizing eye tracking technology to better understand and document first responder activity and decision aids under simulated emergency conditions. He also presented his work on agent-based models for simulating emergencies in subway, stadium, and campus environments.





Sept 8, 2008 – Press Conferences Announcing Formation of Center

U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, Chief of Department Sal Cassano, and others joined the Regenhard family and President Jeremy Travis of John Jay College for the announcement of the formation of the Christian Regenhard Center for Emergency Response Studies. The event was attended by friends and colleagues of Christian Regenhard, as well as members of the emergency services community in the New York area. Visitors came from as far as Oakland, California for the event. NY1 news network coverage of the event.


Terms of Use Webmaster Contact