Talk: Next Generation Emergency Operation Center-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Talk: Next Generation Emergency Operation Center

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Speaker:  Mr. Robert Dolci
                Chief, Protective Services & Chief, Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team
                NASA-Ames Research Center
                Moffett Field, CA

Abstract: slides (.pdf)
The availability of new and advanced sensor, communication, information management and visualization technologies has the potential to transform emergency response and how response assets are managed. Command and control over response to a catastrophic disaster of the future, such as a major earthquake in the Bay Area, will exceed the capabilities of today’s Emergency Operations Centers (EOC). Technologies for the next generation EOC must be developed such that they keep pace with the advances in technologies that are becoming increasingly available to responders. The EOC of the future must provide the command and control tools that will enhance the decision making that will need to take place in EOCs that are activate to manage the large scale catastrophic events of tomorrow.

Robert Dolci is the Protective Services Division Chief for NASA-Ames Research Center at Moffett Field.  As Chief of Protective Services, he is responsible for law enforcement, security, counter intelligence, counter terrorism, emergency services, and fire protection and prevention. In addition to being the Chief of Protective Services, he holds the position as Chief of NASA’s Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (DART).

In 1986, Chief Dolci formed the Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (DART), a hundred person urban search, rescue and emergency response team.  DART is composed of search, rescue, structural assessment, logistics, emergency communications, damage and utility control, emergency medical and emergency operations elements.  Although DART’s primary responsibility is to NASA Ames, the team is available to support local, state and other federal agencies as requested.

Under Mr. Dolci’s lead, NASA Ames’ Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team supports California Task Force Three.  CATF-3 is one of the eight Urban Search and Rescue Teams (US&R) in the State of California.  There are 28 US&R teams in the country.  Bob, and other members of DART, have deployed with CATF-3 to disasters such as Hurricanes Iniki, Katrina and Rita, the Northridge Earthquake, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the World Trade Center.  DART members have also responded to the Loma Prieta Earthquake, the Oakland Fire Storm and the California floods of 1992, 1995/96, and 1997/98, as well as the Columbia Shuttle Recovery effort.

Bob received his Bachelor of Science degree from San Jose State University’s School of Engineering in 1977.  He received a Master of Science in Safety from the University of Southern California in 1989.  In addition, Bob has over 4,000 hours of education and training in Emergency Services, including both crisis and consequences management