Emergency management reorganized in the city
As the result of internal reviews after the April 13 Donald Trump rally in Downtown, the City of Pittsburgh Public Safety Department will refocus its Office of Emergency Management to conduct comprehensive planning for all large-scale public events and disasters to include collaborative preparation efforts among the Bureaus of Fire, Police, and EMS.
This collaborative approach follows the National Incident Management System in conjunction with the National Response Framework. This reorganization is in keeping with Homeland Security Presidential Policy Directive 5 and Homeland Security Presidential Policy Directive 8.
Each bureau undertook after action reviews and met to discuss how to improve public safety services. Prior to the April 13 event, the Bureau of Police had previously initiated comprehensive training on crowd management, which is now complete and will be included in its unified approach to public events and disasters.
“Communications and coordination among Public Safety bureaus is a major priority as we work to develop a culture of planning and support that is based on best practices in our mission of protecting life, property, and the rights and safety of those who live, work, and visit the City of Pittsburgh,” says Director Wendell Hissrich.