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ABOUT THE PROJECT

First Observer

"First Observer" is a national safety and security program that uses the skills, experiences and "savvy" of America's transportation professionals to help protect the critical transportation function that moves the goods and services and people across America.

"First Observer" is operated by Team HMS under a Cooperative Agreement with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Trucking Security Program (TSP). The program's mission is to administer an anti-terrorism and security awareness program for highway professionals in support of the National Preparedness Guidelines. A key component of the program is to recruit volunteers from the Trucking, Motor Coach Carriers and School Bus industries to act as our "First Observer" in reporting suspicious activities of either a criminal or potential terroristic nature to authorities.

FIRST OBSERVER MISSION STATEMENT

Our vision to the Trucking, School Bus and Motor Carrier Program includes developing a flexible training program designed to meet challenges head on. We endorse a training program that develops and launches training modules for different communities and different threats as they emerge. In advance of hurricane season, we envision creating hurricane specific training modules. Different communities require different levels of training. We intend to leverage our relationships within the law enforcement community and our program experience to create first responder community specific training modules as required. Training will be delivered via video, website and with support from key Team members at conferences, events, and union and stakeholder meetings across the nation. Our approach for the Program Highway ISAC includes meeting all of the Program stated requirements. We envision a 24/7 presence that supports the following:

  • Issuing Situation Reports (SITREPS)
  • Delivering participants surveys
  • Delivering approved web-based training modules,
  • Hosting webinars
  • Hosting teleconferences
  • Creating Analytical Products
  • Serving as a conduit and resource for the entire highway community to include the entities that comprise it and the agencies that support it

We envision creating and managing a flexible Highway ISAC that possesses the requisite knowledge of the highway community. We know that if you don't have the knowledge you cannot effectively analyze the information shared with the Highway ISAC.

The glue that binds our Program training and highway ISAC efforts is our participant outreach and recruitment efforts. Team HMS members OOIDA and the IBT are uniquely qualified to support our ability to for this effort. Together, they represent millions of supply chain workers in every state. We are positioned to leverage their combined resources. We fully expect the IBT and OOIDA to greatly enhance our ability to establish a fully functional Program highway coalition that is comprised of all who have a stake in securing our nations highways and related infrastructure.

Team HMS will operate as a transportation sector and politically neutral Team. We will support the ability of interested stakeholder associations, and companies to share information and engage on neutral equal footing, Our program structure will ensure the safeguard against the unauthorized sharing of critical membership information.

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