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March 2011 -

RaCERS staff observe RDD Exercise held at Meadowlands Complex RaCERS staff spent two days observing a large-scale exercise involving New Jersey, New York, and federal agencies. The event was designed to test mass casualty/fatality management and communications capabilities.

RaCERS staffer Paul Kearns confers with other observers from the Applied Science Foundation for Homeland Security at the exercise.

March 2011 -

RaCERS Board member to present at National Emergency Medical Services Conference D. Harvin, RaCERS Advisory Board Member, will be presenting at the EMS Expo Conference to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada in August 29-September 2, 2011.

February 2011 -

Harvin tapped by RaCERS Board for Executive Committee. At the February 18 meeting of the Center's Advisory Board, D. Harvin was selected to join the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee exercises day-to-day fiscal and programmatic oversight of the Center. Glenn Corbett, our founding Executive Committee member, will continue as a member of the Advisory Board.

October 2010 -

RaCERS Board Members, Director attend Long Island fundraiserThe Christian Regenhard Center for Emergency Response Studies (RaCERS) shared the stage with the New York Firefighter’s Burn Center Foundation http://nyffburncenter.org in a fundraiser held at the Marine Corps League Clubhouse in Massapequa, NY. The event, organized by our friend Audrey MacMillan, honored the US Marine Corps. The event paid posthumous tribute to 1st Lt. Michael Li Calzi of Garden City, who was killed serving in the Marines in Iraq, and Christian Regenhard of the FDNY, killed on 9/11.

August 2010 -

2010 RaCERS Director appointed to steering committee of DHS-funded study RaCERS Center Director Charles Jennings was appointed to a steering committee of a DHS-funded gap analysis of software programs for developing situation awareness. The Common Operating Picture (COP) software assessment, which was led by the Applied Science Foundation for Homeland Security [www.asfhs.org] in Bethpage, NY, included site visits to evaluate programs in use around the US, and interact with emergency responder stakeholders.

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.

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.

Erika de Guttry and James Manahan, Chief of Operations, FDNY

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.

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.

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.

Ms. McMillan, shown on the left, presents the artwork to Prof. Glenn Corbett (center) and Sally Regenhard, mother of Christian Regenhard.

March 19-20, 2009 –

First Advisory Board meeting held The meeting included a dinner and all-day meeting the following day

Advisory Board members and RaCERS staff take notes during a presentation at the Board meeting.

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.

Pres. Jeremy Travis, flanked by Chief Sal Cassano and FDNY members, announces the College's commitment to the new research center.

Members of the press in attendance for the press conference

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, who with Senators Schumer and Clinton, were instrumental in getting initial funding for the Center, speaks to the press following the event. Members of the Regenhard family pose with Pres. Jeremy Travis around a portrait of Christian Regenhard

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