Jim Underwood

Long Beach Fire Department
Chief Underwood has been with the Long Beach Fire Department for 25 years prior to that he was a federal firefighter for 5 years with and Paid-Call Firefighter with the Orange County Fire Authority. Chief Underwood has held the ranks of Firefighter, Paramedic, Captain and has been a Battalion Chief for almost 10 years. Chief Underwood attended University High School, Santa Ana College and Chapman University and is currently working on his bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership. Chief Underwood has been involved in curriculum development for Unified Response to Violent Incidents, Cal OES Regional US&R Task Force Leader Course, Cal OES Regional Technical Search Specialist Course and SEMS Enhanced Unified Command Course and in the conceptual development of the Long Beach Tactical Paramedic Program. Chief Underwood was assigned to special duty to Los Angeles Fire Department as a Regional Training Officer, helping develop the Los Angeles Area Fire Chief’s Regional Training Group. He has been assigned as the Director or Training, US&R Program Manager, Haz-Mat Program Manager, Fire Boat Program Manager, CICCS Coordinator and as the LBFD Incident Management Team Incident Commander. He is also a Type 3 Operations Section Chief, Division Supervisor, Strike Team Leader, and a US&R Task Force Leader. Chief Underwood is a state certified instructor, he has served as an instructor at Oxnard College and Santa Ana College. He served as the Chair of the FIRESCOPE Technical Search & Rescue Committee and serves as a member of the International Association of Fire Chief’s US&R Committee. And he is a military veteran, serving in the United States Marine Corps during Operation Desert Storm.

Sessions by Jim Underwood

08:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Response to an Active Shooter

Plan how you will communicate with your law enforcement partners. Your preparedness and understanding of an active shooter incident should not occur when the incident happens, training and preparedness starts now. This discussion will center around previous active shooter incidents and lessons learned from each.   The course will review or introduce empowered execution of fundamental operations during these chaotic incidents. Plan, train and execute with law enforcement in advance to create a shared consciousness when responding to these types of incidents.  We will review and discuss how to adapt to each other’s roles and priorities and how to jointly carry out rapid and effective operations that will save lives.  Instructors will review and discuss previous incidents involving lone assailants as well as complex coordinated terrorist attacks and will provide lessons learned and response planning.