In 2005, the IAFC Metro Chiefs Section desired a UASI Conference for the Fire Service. Miami UASI, supported by Chief Wm. Bryson, All Hands Consulting, and Charlotte UASI organized a small conference in Dallas. First UASI Conference held at DFW Airport 50 Fire/Rescue personnel attended Law Enforcement, grant managers and FEMA also attended FEMA/GPD held a National Grants Conference in Washington D.C. Lots of SAA Discussions but no UASI Discussions. Two “Renegade UASIs” (Miami and Charlotte) decided to do something about it. The UASI Conference was born… Conference organizer Steve Davis speaking with Bill Anderson of the Twin Cities UASI and President of the new National UASI Association We liked it so much, we went back! Conference partnership with FEMA GPD strengthened as the UASI Conference grew to be the de facto Grants Conference Miami Police Sgt. Marcos Perez received award for efforts on Homeland Security Steve Davis (All Hands) and Jeff Dulin (Charlotte) received awards for Outstanding Contribution to UASI programs Program Management Planning/Training/Exercises Medical – including MMRS Public/Private Partnership Port and Transit Interoperable Communications and Information Sharing CBRNE Community Preparedness Regionalism Worked in concert with FEMA/GPD and expanded participation to all preparedness grants programs. Included new tracks. Incorporated GPD After Action Conference. Hosted Training Exposition. New UASI Conference Inc. with new Board of Directors now operates the UASI Conference Worked with UASI POCs to determine a new direction and structure of conference organization and activities RFP process set the next four conferences All Hands is no longer supporting the conference planning 2012 Conference to be hosted by Columbus UASI, May 21-24, 2012 Website at uasicolumbus2012.us The original UASI Conference website was funded by the Charlotte UASI and it ended operations July 30, 2011 The UrbanAreas.org website is now a UASI Blog hosted by All Hands and Steve Davis New National UASI Association website at nationaluasi.org UASI Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/UASIBlog UASI LinkedIn Networking Group http://www.linkedin.com/groups/UASINetworking-Group-3612501 UASI Daily News Feed http://paper.li/tag/UASI @UrbanAreas on Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/UrbanAreas These sites as well as UrbanAreas.org are all provided by All Hands Consulting as a public service.