SACOME members have the opportunity to hear from Russ Johnson, Global Public Safety Advisor, at the next session in our Thought Leadership Series. Russ has over 30 years of experience in public safety and homeland security, and lead the technical support team for the Deep Water Horizon oil rig clean-up mission.
Date: Wednesday 30 August 2017
Time: 12 noon to 2pm
Venue: Piper Alderman, Level 16, 70 Franklin Street, Adelaide SA 5000
- Global Public Safety Advisor
- Currently advises senior public safety & national security on the use of location intelligence to support critical missions
- Lead the tech support team for the Deep Water Horizon oil rig clean-up mission
With over 30 years of experience in public safety and homeland security, Russ Johnson currently advises senior public safety and national security officials on the use of location intelligence to support critical missions. With his wealth of knowledge, Mr Johnson helped pioneer the development of standards for the United States in the use of spatial technology for incident management.
He has held numerous management roles, including leading the US Federal Interagency Type 1 National Management Incident Team, where he was responsible for managing complex disaster response throughout the US and internationally.
One of the most renowned aspects of his career was his involvement in the clean-up mission following the largest environmental disaster to occur globally, costing over USD$40 billion and polluting an estimated 1,770 km of shoreline. When an explosion occurred on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, based in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, it caused over 4.9 million barrels of oil to leak into the ocean, polluting waters and resulting in widespread damage to marine ecosystems.
Russ lead the tech support efforts related to this recovery mission delivering real-time data updates and visually representing affected areas with mapping imagery. Spatial technology was deployed to show vertical, time-dependent data transformations and conduct predictive modelling visualisations imperative to the evidence based actions and decisions made by parties such as the U.S. Coast Guard, and National Marine Fisheries Service.
Formerly the Chief of Fire and Emergency Operations for Federal Lands in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, Mr Johnson supervised a complex interagency dispatch centre including five field division chiefs.