Active Assailants & Mass Casualty Incidents: First Responder Resiliency Summit

Strategic Planning for Resiliency in Public Safety

*Registration limited to members of public safety, healthcare, and education.

April 25 - 26, 2023

Location: Florida Public Safety Training Institute (Tallahassee, FL)

2nd Alarm Project and FL Public Safety Institute Partner with Mass Casualty Response Teams to Bring Lessons Learned on Responder Resiliency


Florida Public Safety Institute
Coral Springs/Parkland Fire Dept and City of Coral Springs
UCF Restores
City of Tallahassee Fire Department
Florida Firefighters
Florida Sheriffs Association
Leon County Sheriffs Office
CDA Leon County
Leon County EMS
Tallahassee Police Department

About this event

This event is offered as a part of the 2nd Alarm Project Strategic Planning for Resiliency in Public Safety: Addressing the Short, Intermediate, and Long-Term Mental Health Impacts on First Responder Communities.

This two-day summit will convene members of the public safety, first responder, and behavioral health communities to provide an overview of the response to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas (MSD) Parkland, FL school shooting incident of 2018 within the context of resiliency impacts on the public safety community.


Day 1: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Full day of review of the response to and aftermath of the 2018 MSD school shooting. Fire and Law Enforcement members of the response team will deliver perspectives gained during mitigation of the incident, shaped by several years of reflection. Presenters will provide an in-depth review of how the incident unfolded including lessons that attendees can take back and apply to future incidents within their own agency.


Frank Babinec was hired as the City Manager for the City of Coral Springs in December of 2019. Prior to that, he served as the Chief of the Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department from February of 2014 to December of 2019. The City of Coral Springs has approximately 800 full-time employees, who serve more than 128,000 residents as a full-service governmental organization.

A native Floridian, and a resident of Coral Springs since 1991, Chief Babinec joined the fire department in 1993 as a volunteer firefighter and was hired full-time in 2000 as the training officer. He spent seven years as an Assistant Chief (shift commander) and an additional seven years as the Deputy Chief of Operations, dedicating more than 26 years of service to the communities of Coral Springs and Parkland. Babinec also served 12 years as a Lead Instructor at the Coral Springs Regional Institute of Public Safety.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership and earned an MBA in Public Administration.

Babinec possesses a Chief Fire Officer designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Fire Officer IV from the State of Florida and an Executive Fire Officer designation from the National Fire Academy. In 2021, Babinec received the Credentialed Manager designation from ICMA, the International City/County Management Association.

During Babinec’s tenure as Fire Chief, he created and implemented the Community Paramedic Program, improved programs for safety, health and wellness, and enhanced its fleet and facilities. Under his leadership, the department achieved an ISO Class 1 Certification in 2016 and was named “EMS Provider of the Year” by the Florida Department of Health in 2017. During this time, the American Heart Association also recognized the department three times with its annual Mission: Lifeline ® award for excellence in EMS coronary care.

Babinec was also the Florida Fire Chiefs Association Fire Chief of the Year for the State of Florida for 2017, and in 2018, Babinec was recognized as the Fire Chief of the Year by the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs. He also received the 2018 Community Leadership Award from the Broward Council of Professional Firefighters. In 2019, Chief Babinec received the 2019 Billy Goldfeder Organizational Safety Award from the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Safety, Health and Survival Section. In 2019, Babinec earned Telly and Emmy Awards for “Our Story,” a video detailing cancer prevention and awareness for the fire service.

Babinec served as the President of the Fire Chiefs Association of Broward County, the Chair for the Florida Fire Chiefs Association Safety and Health Section and the 2nd Vice President for the Florida Fire Chiefs Association.

As City Manager, Babinec plans to develop and deploy comprehensive strategies that ensure Coral Springs stays on a path towards innovation, business expansion, and enhanced public safety while improving city parks, events and festivals; ensuring that Coral Springs remains attractive to both businesses and families.


Chief McNally began his career with the department as a Fire Explorer in 1989 and went on to become a volunteer firefighter in 1993. McNally worked for Coral Springs Dispatch Communications from 1993-1997 when he left to pursue a career in Public Safety with the City of Coconut Creek (1997-2001) and City of Parkland (2001-2004), as a law enforcement officer and firefighter. He returned to Coral Springs in 2004 as a Lieutenant, was promoted to Battalion Chief in 2009, Chief of Training in 2011, and in 2014 became the department’s Deputy Fire Chief. In February 2020, he was selected to be the city’s 13th Fire Chief. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership from St. Thomas University and master’s degree in Emergency Services Management through Columbia Southern University.

McNally holds both Chief Training Officer and Chief Fire Officer designations from the Center for Public Safety Excellence and Fire Officer IV from the Florida Bureau of Fire Standards and Training. Chief McNally has also been a Rescue Team Manager with FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Florida Task Force 2 and deployed to Haiti in 2010 following the devastating Earthquake, Mexico Beach in 2018 following Hurricane Michael, and Champlain Towers building collapse in Surfside, Miami in 2021.


Chief Brad McKeone began his career with the Coral Springs Police Department in 1999. He served as a patrol officer and a field training officer until 2005 when he was promoted to investigator and transferred to the Vice, Intelligence and Narcotics Unit where he was assigned to the Fort Lauderdale District Office of the DEA and as a K-9 handler.

In 2009, he was promoted to sergeant, supervising Patrol and then the Traffic Unit. In January of 2014, he was promoted to Lieutenant and in November of 2014 he was promoted to Captain where he supervised the Community Services and Patrol/Operation Support components. He was promoted to Deputy Chief in March of 2018. In 2022, he was promoted to Chief of Police.

In addition, Chief McKeone has also served as executive officer for the SWAT team. He has received multiple awards for Exceptional Police Initiative, Team Citations and was Officer of the Year in 2008. Chief McKeone graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice and Columbia Southern University with a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice.

Chief McKeone is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute Command Officers Development Course Session 75. In June 2019, Chief McKeone graduated from the prestigious FBI National Academy Program held at Quantico, Virginia. The program is for executive-level law enforcement personnel from the U.S. and other nations, who look to raise law enforcement standards and enhance their credentials in the field and he was part of the 276th Session of the National Academy.


Division Chief Christopher Bator began his career in 1996 as a Firefighter Paramedic with the Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Dept and in that time has risen to the rank of Division Chief assigned to the Safety and Health Division and charged with overseeing the Safety, Health and Wellness for all city of Coral Springs employees. Chief Bator also serves as a, Safety Officer, Instructor, and Chair of the Safety and Health Committee for the City of Coral Springs. Chief Bator has a AS degree in EMS and is a State of Florida Certified Paramedic, Live Fire Instructor, Instructor 2, Fire Officer 3, and Safety Officer. Chief Bator also received his Fire Officer Designation from the Center of Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) and is a graduate of the National Fire Academy Safety Program Operations and in his second year of the National Fire Academy's Managing Officer Program. Chief Bator is also the recipient of Fire Officer of the Year in 2016 and Chief Officer of the year in 2020 by the Broward County Fire Chiefs Association and recipient of the Excellence Award by the City of Coral Springs in 2017.

Chief Bator is the President and co-founder of the Florida Firefighters Safety and Health Collaborative (FFSHC) a non-profit organization committed to bringing Florida’s Fire Service and Firefighter Safety and Health advocates together throughout the State to work together for the Safety and Health of Florida’s Firefighters. The FFSHC provides, training, education, communication, networking and sharing of resources to enhance Fire Department Safety and Health programs to reduce the risk of injury or exposure to Florida's Firefighters.

Chief Bator and the team from the FFSHC were highlighted on Ret. Captain Jeff Dills Fire Engineering Radio show, National Safety Stand Down , Chief Billy Goldfeders , and published articles in Florida Fire Service Magazine Nov 2016 edition, June 2017 eFire Engineering edition highlighting the Collaborative effort on both Firefighter Cancer & Safety Stand Down, article in June 2018 edition of Fire Engineering Magazine on Collaborating for Firefighter Safety and Health and Dec 2018 of Fire Engineering Magazine on the Clean Cab Concept. Chief Bator has also contributed on several national and international publications on mental health, cancer prevention, risk reduction , safety and total worker health.

Speaking engagements include Fire Rescue East Conference, Florida Fire Chiefs Executive Planning Conference, Center of Public Safety Excellence Conference, Florida Fire Chiefs Health and Safety Conference, Sylvester Cancer Center Firefighter Cancer Initiative at the University of Miami, EMS World, Pierce Annual Sales Conference, State of Florida Mental Health Symposium, Fire Rescue International, FEMSA/FAMA Conference, Orange County Fire Authority Behavioral Health Conference, TEEX Leadership Symposium ,Virginia Fire Rescue Conference and International Firefighter Cancer Conference at the University of Miami to name a few.

The FFSHC is the recipient of the Congressional Fire Service Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award 2019 and is the recipient of Broward County Fire Chiefs.


Lieutenant A.J. King serves as the Coral Springs Police Department’s Health and Safety Officer. He is responsible for handling all illness complaints, light-duty assignments, and health issues that arise at the police department. Lieutenant King joined the Coral Springs Police Department in 2006. King served as a Patrol Officer until 2012, when he was transferred to the Training Unit. During his four years in the Training Unit, he was assigned to all trainees, Field Training Officers (FTO), FTO Sergeants, and assisted with innovative trainings. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2016. As a Sergeant, he oversaw a patrol platoon. He was appointed Sergeant in Charge of the Office of Professional Standards and Accreditation in 2021. During this time, he received and investigated all internal and external complaints, as well as assisting with CFA and C.A.L.E.A. assessments and on-site visits.

King has received three Unit of the Year awards, two Administrative Accommodation awards, two Team Citation awards, three Exceptional Police Initiative awards, two Supervisor of the Year nominations, and was awarded an Emmy. Lieutenant King is also a FDLE High Liability Instructor and one of the police department's certified armorers.

Lieutenant King earned a bachelor's degree from Lynn University in 2003. In 2005, he earned a Master of Science degree from Nova Southeastern University.

Day 2: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Brief recap of the active assailant course from Day 1, with a primary focus of the remainder of the day on the “Brass Tacks” of planning for Behavioral Health Access Programs (BHAPs) in public safety organizations. Content will be delivered by professionals directly involved in the management of the behavioral health component of the recovery from the MSD school shooting and other mass casualty incidents. Topics discussed will include how to build a comprehensive program, Pre and Post-incident considerations, CISM, Peer support, Clinicians/Chaplains, Mental health facilities, Re-Integration, and Employee benefits.

In January 2023, Josh became the first Chief Executive Officer of the Boulder Crest Foundation, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring first responders, combat veterans, and their family members live great lives in the midst of struggle, stress, and trauma. In this role, Josh is responsible for Boulder Crest’s operations and activities, overseeing Boulder Crest Arizona, Boulder Crest Virginia, the Boulder Crest Institute, Boulder Crest’s Training and Education work (to include Warrior PATHH and Struggle Well program and mobile applications), and our fundraising, marketing, and partnership efforts.

Prior to his appointment at CEO, Josh co-founded and led the Boulder Crest Institute for Posttraumatic Growth (PTG) from 2018-2022.

Since 2014, Josh has led Boulder Crest’s efforts to develop, deliver, study, and scale Posttraumatic Growth-based solutions to times of struggle. This effort began with the development of the Warrior PATHH program, now delivered at Boulder Crest's PTG Academies in Arizona and Virginia, through Boulder Crest's Mobile Training Team, and with partners in Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Maine, South Carolina, Texas, and Washington State.

In 2020, Josh led the creation of Boulder Crest's Struggle Well First Responder Initiative, seeking to transform the first responder culture by delivering intensive and immersive Struggle Well trainings that normalize struggle and democratize the ability to deal with it constructively. Thanks to a generous investment from FirstNet® built by AT&T and the Gary Sinise Foundation, the First Responder Initiative will be in fourteen states by the end of 2023.

In 2018, Josh, along with Boulder Crest's Founder and Chairman, Ken Falke, published Struggle Well: Thriving in the Aftermath of Trauma. In 2020, Josh and Ken co-authored Transformed by Trauma: Stories of Posttraumatic Growth alongside Dr. Richard Tedeschi and Dr. Bret Moore.

In 2017, Josh was named as one of 60 Presidential Leadership Scholars. Established by the presidential centers of George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson, the Presidential Leadership Scholar program is an innovative leadership program designed to ensure that scholars have the opportunity to succeed in creating and executing meaningful and impactful leadership projects in communities across the nation.

Prior to joining Boulder Crest, Josh worked as a communications executive at ExxonMobil's Dallas headquarters from 2006-2011, and was an entrepreneur-in-residence at 2M Companies. During his time at 2M, Josh began advising several non-profit organizations supporting veterans, with a specific focus on PTSD. After volunteering for a number of months, and in recognition of the remarkable strength, capacity and potential of the men and women of the U.S. military, Josh decided to dedicate his life to ensuring that all those who struggle have the opportunity to transform their struggle into profound strength and Posttraumatic Growth.

Jeff Orrange is in his 27th year as a fire fighter, 19 of which have been served with the Orlando Fire Department. He is currently a Lieutenant Paramedic on an Engine Company and previously Jeff served for 2-1/2 years as a Lieutenant in the Training Division. Jeff is a husband, father and friend. Armed with passion, empathy, a great support system and a willingness to help those who mean the most to him, Jeff Orrange has co-founded the Orlando Firefighters Peer Support Team. Jeff is a founding member of the Orlando Firefighters Peer Support team. His team has been deployed following the Pulse tragedy, Las Vegas Shooting, the Parkland shooting, the Surfside Condo collapse and many others. Jeff has been promoting mental wellness through grassroots efforts for many years. He believes that making it through this career mentally as well as physically is paramount.

Jeff currently has the honor of serving as the State-Wide Peer Coordinator for the Florida Firefighters Safety and Health Collaborative (FFSHC). As Peer Coordinator, he is responsible for coordinating with industry leaders, and related agencies to facilitate professional standards, diversified training opportunities, deployments, and other related actives.

Joe started his involvement with emergency services in 1986 as a volunteer firefighter and EMT. Since becoming a pastor in 1994, his connection with emergency services has been through the chaplaincy with both police and fire departments. Joe currently serves as Chaplain with Marion County Fire Rescue, Ocala Fire Rescue, The Villages Department of Public Safety and the Florida State Fire College all located in north central Florida.

Joe has completed Basic Chaplain training through the International Fellowship of Chaplains. He is an Approved Instructor in Individual and Group Crisis Intervention with the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation and has his Certification in Critical Incident Stress Management from the University of Maryland Baltimore County Department of Emergency Health Services. Joe is an Endorsed Chaplain with the North American Mission Board and a Master Fire Chaplain with the Federation of Fire Chaplains. Joe holds a PhD in Educational Leadership from Illinois State University and is an Instructor III with the Florida Fire Service.

Joe has been married to Kim since 1985 and they are the proud parents of five amazing children and two wonderful sons-in-law.

Shawn Campana has been a firefighter with Miami Dade Fire Rescue for the past 24 years. She currently holds the rank of Captain and has been on special assignment for the past 3 years as the Peer Support K9 Coordinator to build the MDFR K9 program.

She joined the Peer Support Team in 2015 and began the K9 component pilot studies in 2016. Her role as the K9 Coordinator includes setting standards for training and certifications, writing policy for the 3 parts of the program which includes Crisis Response K9s and Therapy Dogs for the CISM team response, Station dog etiquette and training, and Service Dog training for MDFR firefighters struggling with mental health issues.

She started the program after losing friends/coworkers suicide, and going through her own battle with PTSD, and has seen the value and benefits in healing working with canines can provide. She became a certified dog trainer from Animal Behavior College, specializing in Service, Therapy and Crisis Response K9s. She started the program with her Service Dog Charlie. Charlie is a Service Dog, Therapy Dog and Crisis Response K9.

Dr. Kellie O’Dare is a faculty member at Florida A & M University and the Director of Florida’s 10-4 Center for Responder Resiliency and the 2nd Alarm ProjectTM. She is the Principal Investigator on the 2020-2022 Northwest Florida First Responder Resiliency project grant awarded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for $1 million.

Dr. O’Dare has actively worked with dozens of Florida based agencies to conduct needs assessments, provide capacity building for peer support teams, and develop BHAP programs. She has conducted mental health training with over 900 first responders, family members, and leadership teams and functioned as a behavioral health navigator and clinical advisor to peer support teams. She has also served on local and statewide critical incident activations and deployments, including being embedded with Florida Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Task Force 7 at Surfside, FL in July 2021. While deployed to Surfside, Dr O’Dare and colleagues developed the first statewide plan for first responder mental health services post disaster deployment. She has earned well in excess of 100 hours of continuing education in first responder behavioral health and substance use. She currently has several peer reviewed manuscripts on developing comprehensive resiliency and BHAP programs under review. She frequently provides consultation and technical assistance to first responder organizations across the country on best practices in building mental wellness programs. Dr. O’Dare also served as a subject matter expert and non-voting member of the 2021 Florida First Responder Suicide Deterrence Task Force.

Dr. O’Dare is an Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management with the Institute of Public Health at Florida A&M University. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Work from Florida State University, where she also earned both Master of Social Work (MSW) and Master in Public Administration (MPA) degrees. She is an active researcher with over 50 publications, technical reports, and conference presentations, and has significant experience conceptualizing, designing, implementing, and evaluating large scale quantitative, geospatial, and mixed method research projects in both academic and applied settings.

Dr. O’Dare has meaningful personal linkages to the first responder culture. She is the niece of Shawn T. O’Dare, firefighter/paramedic killed in the Line of Duty in Miami-Dade County, and the spouse of a current professional Florida panhandle firefighter/paramedic.

Brian Brown is the Director of Community and Agency Resiliency for the Pasco Sheriff’s Office. Director Brown has been associated with the Pasco Sheriff’s Office since 2011 and brings vision and organizational leadership to the Resiliency Unit. With a focus on mental health, spiritual health and financial health, Director Brown has 28 years of experience as a community faith-leader and holds chaplain credentials through the International Conference of Police Chaplains. Director Brown is also certified in both Individual and group crisis intervention through the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. Through programs, such as the Family Support Network, Peer Support, Critical Incident Stress Management, Casualty Assistance, Military Deployment Services, Spouse Academy, Summer Blast, Coffee and Conversations, Member Disaster Relief Assistance and various training opportunities, Director Brown works to ensure our agency members and their families know about the support available to them. Director Brown provides leadership to the agency chaplain unit with over twenty-five chaplains who are all credentialed through the International Conference of Police Chaplains. In October of 2022, Director Brown assisted the Pasco Sheriff’s Office with Support Services and Mental Wellness resources in Lee County, Florida in the wake of Hurricane Ian. Director Brown serves on the board of directors for the Pasco Sheriff’s Charities and consults organizations on the subject of mental and spiritual wellness and organizational leadership. Director Brown has a deep reservoir of experience with community engagement, organizational leadership, and faith-based initiatives.

Lance Butler is an Engineer/Paramedic with the Tallahassee Fire Department. He has been with Tallahassee Fire for 7 years and has been in the fire service for a total of 12 years. He is also a member of the Tallahassee Fire Department’s Hazardous Materials Response team. Lance has been the leader of TFD’s Peer Support team since its inception in September of 2019 and is now working with the 2nd Alarm Project to bring awareness of mental health issues and resiliency among first responders to TFD as well as surrounding first responder agencies. He also serves as the NW Regional Coordinator for the FL Firefighters Safety and Health Collaborative Statewide Peer Team. Lance has served on several significant statewide Peer Team deployments, including responding to the NAS Pensacola shooting and the Bay County Wildfires, as well as multiple local agency critical incident response efforts.

Instructor Cadre

The instructor cadre will include incident command members as well as responders to the MSD school shooting who share lessons from their experiences. Members of the instructor cadre also served on the mental wellness response at the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida in 2016 and the Surfside Building Collapse in Miami, FL in 2021. Day 2 keynote speaker will be a national responder resiliency subject matter expert.

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