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TRI Advocate Departments
Three fire and emergency-services departments serve as implementation testbeds for programs and tools employed in the Transforming Response Initiative. These departments provide feedback and suggestions for TRI evolution and future development. They communicate information, lessons learned, and advocacy to Departments onboarding the Mission-Driven Culture, including TRI Recipients.
San Diego Fire-Rescue Department: www.sandiego.gov/fire
View a video about SDFD and MDC: https://vimeo.com/242788271
Sacramento Metropolitan Fire: www.metrofire.ca.gov
Orange County California Fire Authority: www.ocfa.org
Oklahoma State University (OSU)
Founded in 1890, OSU is a national leader in education and research in disaster management, emergency management, and the organizational functioning of fire and emergency services. It is at present successfully measuring baselines and progress of departments and organizations that have already implemented MDC-related initiatives.
As a crucial component for the Transforming Response Initiative, OSU provides rigorous academic research on, and testing of, the cultural health and progress of Recipients, and conducts the statistical analysis of cultural measurements, all of which are reported to these Recipients as well as to Funders and other TRI partners, especially IAFC as the Program Manager.
For More Info: www.polsci.okstate.edu
Mission-Centered Solutions (MCS)
MCS provides global leadership in the development of adaptive operational culture in the emergency-services sector. The firm’s leadership and command education programs are specifically designed for the high-risk, high-consequence operating environment.
MCS training programs, doctrines, and curricula are widely recognized as the best of their type in the industry, due to the high standard of design and instruction the company brings. MCS designed the national leader development curriculum used by the U.S. federal agencies that fight wildland fire. MCS programs are unique in holding approvals from both DHS/FEMA and the NWCG approval in the wildland industry.
Mission-Centered Solutions has authored several national-level post-incident reports, and has been instrumental in introducing new doctrinal approaches towards leadership and command in the incident environment. The Mission-Driven Culture framework is one such doctrinal development, developed by MCS in 2011. The firm has trained more than 30,000 response leaders in leadership and command skills for agencies in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
Its record and reputation as a firm that works at organization-wide levels uniquely qualifies MCS to serve as a core services provider for TRI. MCS provides the wide perspective and the critical intellectual property for the Initiative, in the form of tools, materials, and concepts offered through TRI.
For More Info: www.MCSolutions.com
International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)
IAFC, a 501(c )(3) corporation, was founded in 1873 with a mission to enhance the professionalism, culture and effectiveness of emergency service leadership. Headquartered in Chantilly, Virginia.
IAFC manages a wide array of programs to assist fire service leaders and to influence the future development of the industry worldwide. The IAFC hosts the largest forum for fire- and emergency-services leaders worldwide. It also conducts multiple conferences assisting its 11,000+ members with self-development and department improvement. Through these conferences, policy groups interfacing with government and industry, and educational initiatives, the IAFC’s reach within the emergency-response community, coupled with its mission, makes it the ideal Program Manager in the Transforming Response Initiative. In this role, the organization interfaces with Funder and Recipient organizations, coordinates the delivery of education and development systems, and oversees the measurement and analysis of program results and the certification of Recipients following TRI delivery.
For More Info: www.iafc.org
Red lines indicate where there are contractual agreements in place.
Yellow/tan lines indicate where data and feedback are being collected and returned back through the system to inform future decision making.
Blue lines mostly denote where support services or education/training is being provided to the target departments.
Green lines indicate where funding is provided either by the Funder directly, or as Funder dollars are passed through to downstream processes. Outside funding is also provided through grants, as available.
TRI produces a national tipping point. FEMA and the federal grant systems follow the directions and best practices used by the bulk of departments in the field. The 135 targeted Departments (with their 3500+ regional cooperators) represent some of the most influential organizations in emergency services, and, as such, their participation will serve to unlock downstream federal sustainment funding beyond the program’s 5½–year timeline. The involvement by so many communities will provide political justification for future sustainment by the Federal Government in support the approximately 30,000 remaining departments that protect the remainder of the nation not covered by TRI.
TRI execution is precise, agile, and flexible. The initiative engages targeted Departments directly, without the requirement to justify and secure additional funding in advance. TRI provides development resources directly to the subject organizations with minimal overhead cost and waste, executing in a way that existing systems cannot. As the focus of the initiative shifts to changing conditions, the program-implementation plan can easily adapt.
TRI builds internal capacity within the Recipient Departments through incorporation of new doctrine, internal training, and tools that can be locally operationalized and built upon. Core Departments gain a portfolio of training programs and tools that can be delivered internally for years to come and can be built upon for future needs.
TRI deploys quickly using an existing system of delivery mechanisms and processes currently in use today. The initiative can reach full strength within six months of funding. All core program components currently exist and are mature.
TRI implementation is low risk, as it expands and deepens access to an existing Mission-Driven Culture development system already proven successful with individual emergency-response organizations across a wide range of departments, regions, and responder types. The TRI training programs have been proven successful across all cultural dimensions.
Improved Alignment with Local Responders
Through joint corporate/public responder training in Transforming Response programs, local responders build mutual trust and integration with your organization, speeding and improving the level of response interoperability and risk management.
Interoperability is key to any effective response; this tenet is basic to TRI outcomes at all responder levels, organizationally and hierarchically. Unification and resiliency among all involved groups lead to better results, whatever the event.
TRI Improves Your Internal-Response Capability
TRI-related education and development improves internal incident-management and emergency-response acumen, in addition to fostering integration with local response assets. Individual corporate HSSE strategies may also benefit from the initiative.
Supporting TRI means that its doctrine and tools are deliverable to your internal-response personnel via its education and development process. This can be either as a dedicated internal program, or with your cadre participating together with local recipient departments (ideal).
Mission-Driven Culture is becoming the standard, and likely corresponds to what your organization is already building internally. MDC will reinforce your individual HSSE strategies. Interoperability within and beyond is developed.
Improves Business Continuity
Better decisions and actions by public-sector responders produce better outcomes for you: less operational and commercial interruption, less damage, and less exposure.
Effectively mitigating the damage and resultant disruption brought about by a disaster or catastrophic event, a resilient and unified response ensures the most beneficial business-continuity outcome.
TRI works to keep interruption of commerce to the minimum.
TRI works to keep interruption of commerce to the minimum.
A New Frame of Engagement
Your participation in TRI demonstrates meaningful leadership and support to critical public-safety organizations. This speaks to political leaders, public officials, and stakeholders at all levels, in an open and impartial light. Mutual trust, and thus communication, improves. Relationships become more productive. More business gets done.
An Enhanced Conversation with America
TRI provides a unique and powerful platform from which to communicate your company’s values by creating a connection to the public’s need for safety, security, health, and environmental protection.
By demonstrating your commitment to best practice in these areas through support of TRI, your organization will bolster its standing with the American public. Fostering a strong national-response capability, the Initiative directly addresses the threats that most concern the general population and the commercial sector alike. Supporting TRI delivery will resonate positively with Americans, for all the right reasons.
Consequently, TRI provides a strong talking point in formal advertising and messaging around your company’s strong and constructive economic and social values. The private sector doing its part to safeguard these values makes a powerful statement, as does its commitment to operational safety and environmental stewardship, all furthered by the Initiative.
Since TRI Recipients comprise public-safety institutions that are held in high esteem, your private-sector support of these organizations reinforces your eminence as a good corporate citizen. These public-private relationships/partnerships are not only effective and constructive —they make everybody feel good.
TRI addresses what we all have in common and gets us talking to one other.