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  • State
    Washington
  • City
    Seattle-Tacoma
  • Zipcode
    98346
  • Job Title
    Executive Director
  • Company
    Empact Northwest
  • How Far Are You Willing to Travel?
    • Nationwide
    • Internationally
  • Private Response & Coordination of Public/Private/Nonprofit
    This ain’t your grandma’s doughnut wagon: The changing role of nonprofits in disaster preparedness and response – Non profits have changed in big ways over the years and now bring amazing, diverse, and unique skill sets to disaster preparedness and response. And they’re GOING to show up to your next major event. Are you leveraging these often free resources effectively? Are you ready for them? Let’s talk about it.

    Engaging with nonprofits to enhance your response
    The forgotten partner: Nonprofits role in fire training, disaster preparedness, and response
  • Disaster Services Government
    Preparing your organization for its worst day - A conversation on making sure your public safety organization is operationally prepared for a large scale event.

    Building an effective technical rescue program - You've decided to venture into the technical rescue and urban search & rescue response world. Now what? Let's talk about training, policy, leadership, and team formation.

    This ain’t your grandma’s doughnut wagon: The changing role of nonprofits in disaster preparedness and response – Non profits have changed in big ways over the years and now bring amazing, diverse, and unique skill sets to disaster preparedness and response. And they’re GOING to show up to your next major event. Are you leveraging these often free resources effectively? Are you ready for them? Let’s talk about it.
  • First Responder
    Preparing your organization for its worst day - A conversation on making sure your public safety organization is operationally prepared for a large scale event.

    Building an effective technical rescue program - You've decided to venture into the technical rescue and urban search & rescue response world. Now what? Let's talk about training, policy, leadership, and team formation.

    This ain’t your grandma’s doughnut wagon: The changing role of nonprofits in disaster preparedness and response – Non profits have changed in big ways over the years and now bring amazing, diverse, and unique skill sets to disaster preparedness and response. And they’re GOING to show up to your next major event. Are you leveraging these often free resources effectively? Are you ready for them? Let’s talk about it.

    Engaging with volunteers and nonprofits to enhance your response – They showed up, they want to help, but who the heck are they??? Let’s talk about the challenges and pitfalls that come with engaging the nonprofit sector in disaster response.
  • Healthcare & Public Health
    Clinical lessons learned from the field: EMS just became primary care? - Until you've seen a disaster, you haven't seen a disaster. We'll discuss some of the most common clinical injury and illness patterns found in the acute post disaster phase; particularly in light of healthcare system breakdown and EMS's role in managing these patients when there's no hospital to take them to.
  • Incident Command System & Incident Management
    Managing the incident: Lessons learned from large scale disasters - Large scale disasters bring a unique challenge to the in-field incident commander. We'll discuss what your first due leaders need to do to set your up operation up for success.

    Lessons learned: Incident Management, Hurricane Dorian - In 2019, Empact responded to the Bahamas for Hurricane Dorian and found itself the only rescue team for the north end of Abacoe island, the area hardest hit by the hurricane. We'll look at some valuable lessons learned in developing an effective incident management system from the ground up .
  • Leadership, Communication & Motivational
    Leading with passion: Lessons for the nonprofit world – The nonprofit sector is full of passion, but passion only gets you so far. We’ll spend some time going over essential leadership concepts that can help you translate your passion into leadership and success.

    What can the Marines teach us about leadership? – The United States Marine Corps is a storied organization with a long, unbroken chain of effective leadership that has directly led to their successes on the battlefield and in garrison. How do we translate these battlefield lessons into the civilian world?
  • Volunteer Management, Volunteer Responder, Nonprofit
    Leading with passion: Lessons for the nonprofit world – The nonprofit sector is full of passion, but passion only gets you so far. We’ll spend some time going over essential leadership concepts that can help you translate your passion into leadership and success.

    What can the Marines teach us about leadership? – The United States Marine Corps is a storied organization with a long, unbroken chain of effective leadership that has directly led to their successes on the battlefield and in garrison. How do we translate these battlefield lessons into the civilian world?

    Yes, you do have to do what they tell you. – Many nonprofit and volunteer organizations respond to disasters to “do good” and quickly run into the roadblock of government rules and processes. While these rules can seem arcane, bureaucratic, and senseless; they exist for a reason. We’ll talk about what nonprofits and volunteer organizations can expect from governmental organizations in response, how to be prepared for the tough conversations, how to build bridges before a disaster, and how to live and work in the government response world.
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  • Summary
    Jake Gillanders is a speaker with a unique perspective. A 20-year firefighter currently serving as a captain, medical officer, and Urban Search & Rescue Task Force leader, Jake is also the executive director of Empact Northwest, a nonprofit dedicated to disaster preparedness and response. This perspective lends valuable insight to the government-nonprofit relationship as well as to disaster preparedness and response. Jake has deployed well over 20 times to locales impacted by disaster around the world, from Oso, Washington to Kathmandu, and all points between!
  • Highlights
    -Experienced nonprofit manager with past roles in communications, operations, and executive leadership
    -20 years of real-world fire, rescue, and EMS experience, currently serving as a captain with a medium-sized combination fire department in Western Washington
    -Experienced international disaster responder with past roles in rescue, logistics, medical, and command.
    -Currently serving as Task Force Leader for two US&R teams, one domestic and one international
    -Extensive teaching, training, and lecturing experience in a broad range of topics from the nonprofit, rescue, fire service, and EMS industries
    -Proven leader of people with volunteer and staff management responsibilities in both administrative and operational settings
  • May Waive Fee
    Yes
  • Session Types
    • Keynote
    • Workshop
    • Breakout Session
    • Panel
    • Trainer
    • Remote/Webinar/Live Video
    • Consulting
  • Cancellation Policy
    Moderate: Full refund up until 14 days prior to event, except fees (travel and service)
  • Price Range
    $0 To $1000
  • Experience
    10 Year(s)
    Events Last Year 1
  • Languages
    English
    
Event TitleEvent DateLocation
Tramatic Stress Injuries in EMS and HealthcareJanuary 15, 2021Kitsap County, WA
Ensuring Equity in EMS DeliveryFebruary 23, 2021Kitsap County, WA
Airway Outcomes: A Comp[rehensive Review of One Agency's Airway Management PerformanceDecember 16, 2020Kitsap County, WA
Nonprofit LeadershipOctober 01, 2020Kitsap County, WA
Rescue Systems and Urban Search & RescueJune 10, 2021Kitsap County, WA
Rescue Systems and Urban Search & RescueSeptember 10, 2020Newport News, VA

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Simone Ramel-McKaySimone R.

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Session or Topic : The Changing Role of Non-profits in Preparedness and Response

Simone Ramel-McKay Simone R.
Session or Topic : The Changing Role of Non-profits in Preparedness and Response
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Event Name
PIEPC (Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference)
Event Location
Virtual
Event Date
April 07, 2021
Preparation and Content
Jake's presentation and accompanying PowerPoint were excellent. He was organized, knowledgeable, and confident with the subject matter.
Presentation and Delivery
The flow of the presentation was good. I especially liked that he included clear, actionable times for the audience to consider.
Any other comments or recommendations?

I would only recommend that for virtual events Jake mention that he will review the chat at the end or the room monitor needs to clearly state that they are monitoring the chat. It seemed to distract him once or twice, but that is not totally his fault. The PIEPC should support speakers by making it clear that room monitors will monitor the chat. It is not right to interrupt the flow of the speaker, and the speaker should not feel they HAVE to respond to the chat while they are presenting. That's just my preference for virtual conferences.

Jason Allen ZimmermanJason Z.

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Session or Topic : Incident Command Systems

Jason Allen Zimmerman Jason Z.
Session or Topic : Incident Command Systems
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Event Name
ICS 300 Course Delivery
Event Location
Virtual
Event Date
January 25, 2021
Preparation and Content
Jake Gillanders is a great speaker. He presents his material in an organized way that flows and is easy to follow with interesting topics. He presents the topic in a way that truly shows his understanding of the material. He seems to always be prepared and it shows in his presentation of the material.
Presentation and Delivery
Jake Gillanders has a way of interjecting just the right amount of humor to keep the audience engaged without being distracting and he has a way of quickly building rapport with the audience. When appropriate he uses demonstrations and visual tools to help people better understand the topic, and appropriately addresses questions. When Jake teaches a class or speaks, I find myself engaged and he makes even the most mundane topic interesting.
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Jillian StoknesJillian S.

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Jillian Stoknes Jillian S.
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Event Name
Natural Disaster Presentation
Event Location
Sonoji Sakai Intermediate School
Event Date
November 17, 2020
Preparation and Content
My 5th-grade students thoroughly enjoyed Jake's presentation about natural disasters and disaster preparedness! His presentation was well researched and organized, flowed in a way that made the content comprehensible for students, and was aligned to the learning objectives for a 5th-grade research and writing unit being taught. It was clear that Jake was very prepared, experienced, and knowledgeable about this topic.
Presentation and Delivery
Jake is an engaging, well-spoken, and knowledgeable presenter. He connected with my students by giving several examples of natural disasters and connecting them specifically to our geographic area. His presentation included many interesting images for students to view. Jake also did an excellent job at answering any and all of their questions to support learning. I look forward to having Jake present to my class again!
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