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IMA Webinar Broadcast: Tragedy, a Tremendous Teacher & Not Prepared For Wide Spread PTSD

April 26, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

1st: Lessons Learned from the Sandy Hook School mass murder. How the 911 system was overburdened with calls and prone to failure. Communications directly affecting the ability for first responders to be effective in their approach to a crisis. FirstNet, a nationwide broadcasting public safety network that was created in response to the 911 Commission Report will be featured in the presentation as it could have made a difference had it been available.
Caution: Portions of this presentation may be disturbing to some.

2nd: Emergency responders were not prepared for widespread Post Traumatic Stress inflicted on the men and women who responded to the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass murder. Colonel Stebbins will speak about the tragic events that occurred and caused so many first responders, investigators, lab technicians, evidence examiners, transcribers, and their families to suffer Post Traumatic Stress (PTS). This case alone injured many people, not just because of what occurred and what people had to view, examine, photo, touch, and smell but what they felt. Deep sorrow, a sense of having failed, a realization that emergency plans, training, security plans were not effective.
Colonel Stebbins was not only a first responder but also a patient.


How to better prepare for that unforeseen incident and how communications plays such an important role. The need to understand that at some point in your career you will/have likely been involved in a tragic event and to understand how important it is to prepare for, recognize, and treat Post Traumatic Stress. Simply offering an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to your members is not enough!



Dan Stebbins, Colonel, Connecticut State Police

Dan has 40 years of law enforcement, 35 years with the Conn State Police (Ret. Colonel). Commanding officer-in charge at the Conn. Lottery shooting (1998) and the Sandy Hook Elem, School mass murder (2012). A first responder and a patient.


Who can attend: 

Open only to InfraGard members and their guests.



After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.