Protecting the Protectors

Hennepin Technical College’s 14th M-STEP conference will be held Dec. 1-2. The conference, which launched as a response to the 9/11 attacks, provides training for local and regional first responders and emergency personnel, and has become an important yearly event for the many professionals who protect and serve our local communities.

This year’s conference’s theme is “Protecting the Protectors,” an especially relevant topic. Conference officials want to focus on proactive strategies designed to safeguard the men and women engaged in public protection and safety. Session topics include Railroad Emergencies, Flawed Situational Awareness: The Stealth Killer of First Responders, Active Shooter Awareness, and Public Safety Suicide Awareness, among others. Presenters include New Hope Police Chief Tim Fournier, MN Department of Public Safety Hazardous Response Planner John Kreuser, detectives from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, and Department of Homeland Security Transportation Security Specialist Michael Lynch.

One of the featured keynote speakers is Dr. Jarret Brachman, an international expert on threat intelligence and combating global terrorism. His presentation, “Online Threats to First Responders,” will draw on his deep wealth of knowledge of extremist ideologies and movements. Brachman has served as an advisor to government professionals, military, law enforcement and intelligence communities on this topic for over a decade.

“We believe this year will be a very special conference, focusing on the challenges and pressures that our law enforcement and first responder communities face every day,” said Brooklyn Park Deputy Fire Chief Todd Seitz. “Our attendees depend on our conference to keep them abreast of new information and current defensive strategies.”

New this year, M-STEP added a special Pre-Conference session, featuring Howard Linett, Esq., on Monday, November 30th, from noon to 4:30 pm. Linett, a subject matter expert on terrorist attack techniques in urban and suburban areas, has served with both the National Terrorism Preparedness Institute and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. His presentation, “Terrorist Attack Tactics and Techniques: Are You Prepared?” draws on his experience and insights gathered from real terrorist attacks across the globe.

“Our conference presenters are always of the highest quality, and bring a unique perspective to our conference. They not only have real-life experience from the field, they also have the ability to instruct, inspire and engage the attendees,” said Cherie Rollings, Associate Dean, Hennepin Technical College. “As we enter our 14th year of M-STEP, we believe the conference and its mission are more important than ever in educating and supporting our law enforcement, first responder, fire and emergency management professionals.”

To learn more about this event, visit hennepintech.edu/mstep or call 952.995.1330.

About Hennepin Technical College
Hennepin Technical College (hennepintech.edu) is Minnesota’s largest technical college, serving more than 10,000 students at campuses in Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie. HTC offers more than 45 programs of study, leading to certificates, diplomas, an

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree. The college offers many evening, weekend, and online courses. In addition, cutting-edge continuing education and customized training programs are available through HTC’s Customized Training Services. To learn more, visit hennepintech.edu/cts or call (952) 995-1300. 

HTC is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system comprised of 32 universities and community and technical colleges serving the higher education needs of Minnesota. The system serves about 260,000 students per year in credit-based courses and an additional 164,000 students in non-credit courses.

Last updated by jlaabs : 2015-11-17 12:49:43