Lone-actor gun attacks against populated areas such as arenas and crowded places such as schools can challenge first responders and those organizations or educational institutions that are impacted. Now think about increasing the number of attackers and adding explosive devices, more weapons and other arms. Consider a Paris or Brussels style attack in the heart of a mid-sized city in the Mid-western part of the US. Is your city or town prepared?

In our 49th addition to our podcast series, we interview Jared Goff about his research into Complex Coordinated Attacks. We discuss some of the lessons from other attacks as well as what you and your organizations can do to prepare for such incidents.

Jared’s bio

Jared Goff is a Captain II with the Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department in Northern Virginia and is assigned as the Executive Officer for one of three Assistant Chiefs. Captain Goff has over 20 years experience including 10 years exclusively in leadership, command, and field training. Jared was previously assigned as the regional Intelligence Officer in a local fusion center and was responsible for the collection, analysis, development, and dissemination of intelligence and collaboration with Northern Virginia Fire & EMS, Emergency Management, Public Health, Law Enforcement, and the Department of Homeland Security and FBI divisions. Just recently, Jared was selected to be the Deputy Program Manager for the Northern Virginia High Threat Response Group, where he will assist in managing a CCA Grant, as well as policy development, training requirements, and fostering a “whole of community” collaboration.

Jared earned his second Masters degree from the Naval Postgraduate School – Center for Homeland Defense and Security where he conducted original research into the challenges that our nations first responders face when preparing for a Complex Coordinated Attack. In 2013, he earned a Master of Arts in Diplomacy with a concentration in International Terrorism at Norwich University.