2016 TxDLA Conference

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016
11:10 AM - 12:00 PM: Breakout Sessions
How to Save a Life: Qualifying America's First Responders
When your life is on the line, would you rather be saved by someone who has completed training or someone who is qualified? Discuss with one of our everyday heroes how shifting this paradigm can improve engagement and outcomes, and has impacted the way America's first responders stay prepared.
Track: Discover Your Superhero Deep Down Inside You!
Room: Presidio C (Floor 3)
Aimee Smith, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service
For the past 10 years, Aimee Smith has been focused on bringing technology and training together through the design of web applications and online courseware for public and private sector clients as a member of the Knowledge Engineering Center at Texas A&M. She has taught classroom based courses in computer applications at the university level, and developed more than 50 eLearning courses in topics from semiconductor manufacturing to rural public health. In 2007, Aimee helped to design the Texas Training Portal product for registering and tracking training of emergency responders across the State. This year, the product is in use in 19 states. Today, Aimee is working as a consultant managing training and communications for Shell's global IT organization. With a presence in over 100 countries, this role requires effective knowledge management in a completely virtual working environment.
Mr. Brian Smith, Texas Task Force One, Technical Information Specialist
Since 2005, Brian Smith has been a member of Texas Task Force 1, the state's elite Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) Task Force. His responses have involved serving as a Public Information Officer for over 10 large scale disasters, including Hurricane Ike. Brian currently serves as a US&R Technical Information Specialist. Brian also serves as the Training Coordinator for the 70 acre Disaster City® Training Facility at Texas A&M. He specializes in response and training of first responders in structural collapse, passenger rail incidents and CBRNE response operations. He also assists in designing, budgeting, and delivering large full-scale exercises. Mr. Smith completed his Masters in Public Service and Administration at the Bush School of Government, with a concentration in Homeland Security Policy and Management.