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“U.S. Department of Homeland Security - First Responders Card Initiative”

Earlier last fall, at the All Hazards Forum Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S., state and federal homeland security officials participated on a panel entitled U.S. Department of Homeland Security - First Responders Card Initiative.

Highlights from the conference session and the list of participants appear below; the transcript of the session is available here.

Dr. Elmer Carreno and...other physicians arrived and were basically denied the ability to save people’s lives for 48 hours until they could determine were they really doctors or not. This is the exact type of circumstance that we’re trying to address proactively here before those types of emergencies confront us here.

—Jack Markey, Director of Emergency Management for Frederick County, Maryland

So we’ve already found another use for this accreditation system. It just happens to enable us to enhance our security. It’s a natural progression. We have leveraged everything we can on this card so that our first responders are identified properly and they can get to the scene.

—Mike McAllister, Deputy State Director, Security and Emergency Management, Virginia Department of Transportation

Moderator

  • Craig A. Wilson, First Responder Partnership Coordination, Office of National Capital Region Coordination, Department of Homeland Security

Scheduled panelists

  • Anthony M. Cieri, Senior Consultant to the Department of Interior and Federal Interagency Advisory Board
  • Lemar Jones, Jr., Director, Antiterrorism/Force Protection Directorate, Pentagon Force Protection Agency
  • Mike McAllister, Deputy State Director, Security and Emergency Management, Virginia Department of Transportation
  • Brad Jewitt, Director, Office of the Fleet, Facilities and Administrative Services, Maryland Department of Transportation
  • Jack Markey, Director of Emergency Management for Frederick
  • County, Maryland
  • Elmer T. Carreno, M.D., Deputy Health Officer, Prince George’s County, Maryland
  • Chris Tonjes, Director of Special Projects, Office of the Chief Technology Officer, District of Columbia

CoreStreet’s PIVMAN System supports smart credential programs used by governments around the world for secure identification, including IDs, ePassports, and national health programs. In the US, these include the Department of Defense Common Access Card and FIPS 201-compliant credential programs, including Department of Homeland Security programs.

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