September 11, 2001, is one of the darkest days in our Nation’s history. Even still, the American people emerged from these horrific events more united than ever.
2021 marked the 20th anniversary of Homeland Security as we know it today, and the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Banquet Luncheon recognized many brave responders, and leaders in Government (federal, state, and municipal agencies).
Who, along with their Partner Industry Leaders, came together to celebrate our new ways of thinking about responsibility, new legislation, and comprehensive collaborations between private and public sectors that have led to developing the intelligence and technologies which today proudly serve to protect our nation.
In addition to TSA Administrator David Pekoske and Team TSA; Mr. Doug Farber, the National Board Member at InfraGard National (INMA); and many law enforcement and public safety representatives from across the nation, Chief of Department FDNY Thomas Richardson, and Assistant Chief of Operations FDNY Richard Blatus, joined us at the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Banquet.
(New York City’s Fire Department leads the world in innovation, but it is also shaped by tragedy. Fueled by preparation, coordination, and bravery, the FDNY makes it safer for New Yorkers to be New Yorkers. Explore the unique histories and modern challenges, defining the future of each of New York City’s one-of-a-kind infrastructure systems, in NYC Revealed. Courtesy of Cheddar, CuriosityStream, and YouTube. Posted on Sep 8, 2022.)
This year, Acting Chief of Operations at New York City Fire Department Richard Blatus has submitted two nominations of members of FDNY for their extraordinary work on fire prevention in NYC, and tireless efforts towards preventing cancer in firefighters.
Currently assigned to the Bureau of Fire Operations, Chief Jardin formerly served as the Chief of Fire Prevention and FDNY’s Chief of Safety.
With more than 35 years of service with the FDNY, much of Joe’s career was spent in Rescue Operations – Firefighter – Rescue Co. 2, Lieutenant – Squad 252, Captain in Rescue Operations, and Battalion Chief in the Rescue Battalion.
Chief Jardin has served as one of FEMA Urban Search and Rescue’s (USAR) NY-TF1 Task Force Leaders, deploying to several significant incidents, including Hurricanes Katrina and Georges, as well as National Level Event standbys.
Joe also served as Incident Support Team Leader and Deputy Incident Support Team Leader of the FEMA USAR Red Incident Support Team.
Joe led more than 1500 deployed FEMA USAR responders during operations in Florida and Puerto Rico in response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
A licensed Fire Protection Engineer, Joe formerly worked as a Life Safety Engineer for National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and as a Fire Protection Engineer with Bechtel Power Corporation.
(Take an inside look into the FDNY Fire Academy on Randall’s Island, as they discuss the Fire Academy’s para-military structure, the probies, and the many memorials and training facilities throughout the island, guided by Deputy Assistant Chief – Chief of the Fire Academy; Frank Leeb as he gives us the inside scoop on many of the little details you might not know about. Hang on it’s going to be a great ride. Courtesy of Gettin Salty Experience and YouTube.)
Chief Jardin served for seven years as a member of NFPA’s Standards Council and currently chairs NFPA’s Guide for Structural Firefighting Using Fire Dynamics Technical Committee.
He formerly chaired NFPA Safety to Life Project’s Building Service and Fire Protection Equipment and Residential Occupancies Technical Committees.
Joe is a graduate of the University of Maryland’s Fire Protection Engineering program and has an MS in Management. Chief Jardin participated in the Naval Post Graduate School’s Homeland Security Executive Leadership program, has completed FDNY’s Fire Officer Management Institute – a Columbia University Executive Leadership program, and completed the FDNY/USMA at West Point Combating Terrorism Program.
He currently serves as the acting chief of training.
He has been a member of the FDNY since 1992.
Frank has also been a member of the East Farmingdale Fire Department since 1983 (Long Island, NY).
He holds a BS degree in Fire Service Administration from SUNY and a Master’s degree in Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS).
He is a frequent author and speaker on several fire service topics, most notably topics concerning cancer in the fire service.
“We honor and remember our fallen by tracking the small failures and evolving and changing when necessary,” Frank Leeb, Chief of the FDNY Fire Academy shares. In this episode, we take a look at updates to training, technology, and equipment that provide firefighters with a readiness to respond. “All of the things, whether they’re small or large, literally translate to lives of people that are willing to give their life for you,” Rachael Ray, LFF Board Director shares. And learn how fire departments across the U.S. work to better prepare themselves for that next emergency. Courtesy of The Leary Firefighters Foundation and YouTube. Posted on Sep 2, 2021.)
Frank is the current chair of the FDNY Contamination Reduction Workgroup, a position he has held since its inception in June 2017.
He is a principal serving on NFPA Technical Committee Fire and Emergency Service Organization and Deployment-Career (NFPA 1710), a Principal serving on NFPA Technical Committee Emergency Responders Occupational Health (NFPA 1585), and a principal serving on NFPA Technical Committee on Cannabis Growing and Processing Facilities (NFPA 420).
Frank has also served as an advisory panel member for the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute’s (FSRI) “Study of Coordinated Attack in Acquired Structures.”
(Chemicals linked to cancer were found in all three layers of protective gear worn by firefighters. According to the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), and the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association, cancer is the leading cause of death among firefighters. In this episode of Brian Ross Investigates, Brian speaks with advocates who are pushing to make a change for the safety of our nation’s firefighters. Courtesy of Law&Crime Network and YouTube. Posted on Aug 24, 2022.)
Related Public Safety Initiatives…
NYS DHS & Emergency Services Recognized in the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program
Best Law Enforcement, Counter Terrorism, Crime Prevention for Federal/State/Local
NYS Red Team Exercise Program
The NYS Red Team Exercises (and Counter Terrorism Outreach) are pre-planned, unannounced activities conducted in each of New York’s 16 Counter Terrorism Zones (CTZs) by undercover law enforcement and homeland security personnel, who engage in suspicious activity to “test” specific infrastructure and business sectors and track if and how the activity is reported.
Each exercise lasts 3-4 days and tests 30-40 local organizations chosen based on the current threat environment and intelligence.
(Tactical teams respond to some of the most dangerous and challenging situations faced by law enforcement agencies. See how the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) supports tactical teams in New York State through targeted grant funding, specialized training, the attainment of SWAT standards, and through encouraging regional partnerships. Courtesy of NYS DHSES and YouTube.)
The goal of the NYS DHSES Red Teams is to evaluate and enhance the effectiveness of New York State’s suspicious activity reporting programs, encourage facility security and target hardening, and promote citizen awareness and information and intelligence sharing.
Red Teams significantly strengthen statewide partnerships between OCT, law enforcement, communities, and the private sector.
Excellence in Public Safety
NYS Unmanned Aircraft Systems/Drone Training Program
The NYS Unmanned Aircraft Systems/Drone Training Program helps to safely and effectively leverage UAS in support of the agency’s mission & includes UAS training courses created to help agencies develop their own UAS programs and train UAS Operators.
One component of the DHSES UAS Program is a series of UAS training courses created to help agencies develop their own UAS programs and train UAS Operators.
The UAS training programs range from basic awareness level training about UAS operations to advanced operator curriculum involving flying UAS in realistic, tactical scenarios.
Best Disaster Preparedness, Disaster Recovery Solution
County Emergency Preparedness Assessment (CEPA)
CEPA is a framework and tool to help State and local stakeholders assess risk, capabilities, and the potential need for support and resources during emergencies or disasters.
CEPA provides for a standardized and repeatable process to understand capabilities at the County level and identify statewide trends, and a tool to help guide disaster preparedness and response efforts, but it is not intended as a scorecard or ranking system.
Best Emergency Response Program for Federal/State or Local
Swift Water and Flooding Training (SWFT)
To better train first responders to handle the dangers posed by rescuing victims of flooding and swift water, the number one natural disaster that emergency crews respond to in New York State, the NYS DHSES created the Swift Water and Flood Training (SWFT) facility.
SWFT is located at the State Preparedness Training Center in Oriskany, NY and the venue allows first responders to practice both swift water and flood rescues in a real-life environment.
The training center features a 3-acre pond, a concrete swift water channel, and an urban flood simulator that allows rescue crews to train in flooded streets and buildings.
The SWFT flood simulator has three pumps that can pump out more than 30,000 gallons of water to create a variety of realistic flooding hazards, including rapids, a flooded city street, and drowning or stranded victims.
Responders can safely train numerous scenarios that would be challenging and dangerous to recreate using actual swift water elements.
(See SWFT in action. The state-of-the-art Swift Water Flood Training center is the only training center of its kind solely dedicated to training New York State’s first responders (fire, law enforcement, and EMS) on the technical skills necessary to perform water rescues in controlled conditions. Courtesy of NYS DHSES and YouTube.)
The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services provides leadership, coordination, and support to prevent, protect against, prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate disasters and other emergencies.
The Division accomplishes this core mission through its directorates and several cross-cutting support units, including Counter Terrorism, Emergency Management, Fire Prevention, and Control, Interoperable & Emergency Communications, Disaster Recovery, and Administration & Finance, which coordinate the response of State agencies in support of local government.
The women and men of DHSES are dedicated to working closely daily with all levels of government, the private sector, and volunteer organizations to improve the readiness and response capabilities of communities throughout the Empire State.
Homeland Security remains at the forefront of our national conversation as we experience an immigration crisis along our southern border, and crime rates that are dramatically higher than before the Pandemic across the United States.
These challenges have become a national priority with an influx of investments in innovative new technologies and systems.
The pinnacle of the Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program is the Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards Presentation Luncheon, an exclusive, affordable, gourmet, full-course plated meal event, in the heart of New York City, held at the International Security Conference & Exposition (ISC East) since it’s inception in 2017.
And who better to address the aforementioned challenges, and initiatives to meet today’s threat landscape than Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner (DEAC) Diane J. Sabatino of the Office of Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the opening keynote speaker at the much-anticipated 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Presentation Luncheon, on Wednesday, November 16th, 2022.
As the DEAC of the Office of Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Mrs. Sabatino leads more than 31,000 employees and oversees an annual operating budget of $6.5 billion.
(Hear a recent interview with Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner (DEAC) Diane J. Sabatino held at Identity Week Europe on leveraging biometric comparison technology in U.S. air, maritime, and land border environments for the security of passengers, enhancing the customer experience and limiting the transmission of biological pathogens while respecting personal privacies and educating the public as the CBP further expands the implementation of biometrics to keep up with threats to the aviation and other border sectors. These new technological tools are there to automate administrative functions so that the most valuable component of the process, the officers, are able to focus on critical issues as they arise. Courtesy of evie kim sing and YouTube. Posted on Jul 13, 2022.)
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The continually evolving ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program will emphasize the trail of Accomplished Women in Leadership in 2022, as well as the Significance and Positive Impact of Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in our Next Generation of Government and Industry Leaders. #MentorshipMatters
So be on the lookout for Special Guests, Presenters, Book Opportunities, and Attendees at the 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Presentation Luncheon in November of 2022 in NYC!
The United States forever changed on September 11th, 2001, and we were fortunate to have many of those who responded to those horrific tragedies join us at our 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Presentation Luncheon.
In the days that followed 9/11, the critical need to protect our country catapulted us into new and innovative ways to secure our homeland – which is how many of the agencies and enterprise organizations that are today ‘ASTORS’ Awards Champions, came into being.
Our 2021 keynote speaker featured a moving and informative address from TSA Administrator and Vice-Admiral of the United States Coast Guard (Ret), David Pekoske; to our attendees who traveled from across the United States and abroad, on the strategic priorities of the 64,000-member TSA workforce in securing the transportation system, enabling safe, and in many cases, contactless travel.
Legendary Police Commissioner William Bratton of the New York Police Department, the Boston Police Department, and former Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department was also live at the event, meeting with attendees and signing copies of his latest work ‘The Profession: A Memoir of Community, Race, and the Arc of Policing in America,’ courtesy of the generosity of our 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Premier Sponsors.
The 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program is Proudly Sponsored by New PLATINUM SPONSOR: NEC National Security Systems (NSS),
New Premier Sponsors Rajant Corporation, guardDog AI, and IPVideo Corporation, and
Returning Premier Sponsors ATI Systems, Automatic Systems, Fortior Solutions, RX Global, and SIMS Software!
In 2021 over 200 distinguished guests representing Federal, State, and Local Governments, and Industry Leading Corporate Firms gathered from across North America, Europe, and the Middle East to be honored among their peers in their respective fields, which included:
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
ICE Homeland Security Investigations (ICE HSI)
DHS Science & Technology (S&T)
The Metropolitan Police (MPD)
The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA)
The San Diego Harbor Police Foundation, and Many More!
ISC East is the Northeast’s leading security & public safety event, hosted in collaboration with premier sponsor Security Industry Association (SIA) and in partnership with ASIS NYC.
Each year, in order to keep our communities safe and secure, security dealers, installers, integrators, and consultants, along with corporate, government and law enforcement/first responder practitioners, convene in New York City to network, learn and evaluate the latest technologies and solutions from premier exhibiting brands.
This combination of one-on-one conversations with top innovators, high-quality special events, and cutting-edge education and training, makes ISC East the most comprehensive East Coast event to guide the industry in getting back to business.
Taking place November 15-17 at the Javits Center in NYC (SIA Education@ISC: November 15-17 | Exhibit Hall: November 16-17), ISC East will be co-located with the Natural Disaster & Emergency Management Expo (NDEM EXPO), a comprehensive trade event and online resource dedicated to the preparation, response, and recovery of physical and human assets of public and private organizations, and the 33rd ASIS NYC Expo.
Qualified professionals who register for the 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Banquet Luncheon, will receive complimentary access to all three events.
Corporate firms, the majority of which return year to year to build upon their Legacy of Wins, include:
AlertMedia, Allied Universal, AMAROK, ATI Systems, Attivo Networks, Axis Communications, Automatic Systems of America, BriefCam, Canon U.S.A., Fortior Solutions, guardDog.ai, Hanwha Techwin of America, HID Global, Mark43, IPVideo Corporation, Konica Minolta Business Solutions, Lumina Analytics, NEC National Security Systems, NICE Public Safety, OnSolve, PureTech Systems, Quantum Corporation, Rave Mobile Safety, Regroup Mass Notification, Robotic Assistance Devices, Rajant Corporation, SafeLogic, Senstar Corporation, ShotSpotter, Singlewire Software, SolarWinds Worldwide, Teledyne FLIR, Valor Systems, and Wiresecure, just to name a few!
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Today’s new generation of public safety and security experts need real-time knowledge to deal with domestic and international terrorism, lone wolf attacks, unprecedented urban violence, shifts in society, culture, and media bias – making it increasingly difficult for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, First Responders, Military and Private Security Professionals to implement coordinated security measures to ensure national security and improve public safety.
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Other areas of concern include Transportation Hubs, Public Assemblies, Government Facilities, Sporting & Concert Stadiums, our Nation’s Schools & Universities, and Commercial Business Destinations – all enticing targets due to the large number of persons and resources clustered together.
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To learn more about ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Award Winners solutions, please see the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ CHAMPIONS Edition Fully Interactive Magazine – the Best Products of 2021 ‘A Year in Review’.
The Annual CHAMPIONS edition includes a review of Annual ‘ASTORS’ Award Winning products and programs, highlighting key details on many of the winning firm’s products and services, including video interviews and more.
It serves as your Go-To Source throughout the year for ‘The Best of 2021 Products and Services‘ endorsed by American Security Today, and can satisfy your agency’s and/or organization’s most pressing Homeland Security and Public Safety needs.
From Physical Security (Access Control, Critical Infrastructure, Perimeter Protection, and Video Surveillance Cameras and Video Management Systems), to IT Security (Cybersecurity, Encryption, Data Storage, Anti-Malware, and Networking Security – Just to name a few), the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ CHAMPIONS EDITION has what you need to Detect, Delay, Respond to, and Mitigate today’s real-time threats in our constantly evolving security landscape.
It also includes featured guest editorial pieces from some of the security industry’s most respected leaders, and recognized firms in the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program.
For a complete list of 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Award Winners, begin HERE.
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