Christian Regenhard Center for Emergency Response Studies

The Christian Regenhard Center for Emergency Response Studies


The Christian Regenhard Center for Emergency Response Studies (RaCERS) is a unique applied research center focused on documentation of lessons learned and planning for future large-scale incidents. The center seeks to develop a basis for evidence-based practice in the realms of public safety and emergency response, including fire, EMS, law enforcement, emergency management, and homeland security. Its emphasis is on studying large-scale events from a perspective of first-responder coordination and their relationship to first responder safety, and reduced loss through protection of life, property, and critical systems.

Our action areas include:

  • Advancing cooperation and promote “best practices” and “good practices” on police-fire-EMS cooperation in homeland security and emergency response.
  • Collecting information on emergency response elements of disasters including: Oral Histories, GIS Data and Maps, Communication transcripts, Incident Reports, and Digital Photographs.
  • Developing after-action and lessons learned reports.
  • Providing analysis of emergency response issues associated with WMD, terrorist, natural, and other hazards.
  • Publishing periodic industry alerts to major membership organizations, codes and standards bodies, educational institutions, and training officials.
  • Publishing scholarly and industry articles in the Homeland Security realm.
  • Collaborate with the Lloyd Sealy Library to make public domain electronic documents available online.

More information on the Center and the College’s Homeland Security Research from Research@JohnJay,
Spring 2009 Issue.


Working w/RaCERS

RaCERS is a collaborative organization. We aim to produce actionable findings from our program of research. We collaborate in several ways:

Public Safety Organizations Can Partner with RaCERS

“RaCERS seeks to partner with public safety organizations to conduct research, collect documentation of after-action information, and apply for funding opportunities. Partnership can take the form of paid projects, internships, and sharing of data or access to facilitate faculty-supervised research. Examples of projects done in the past include evaluation of new technologies, and review and assessment of after-action reporting methodologies. We will also consider working with public safety agencies to advocate for research needs with State and federal agencies.”

Submitting archive material

We are interested in collecting primary incident documentation from significant incidents involving multi-agency or multi-discipline response. Individuals or organizations interested in submitting materials for our archive should contact the Director, Charles Jennings, and provide the following information: Location, Date, Time, Brief description of the incident. For GIS or other electronic data, provide metadata.

We also accept after-action reports from major incidents. Please contact the Director to make arrangements for sending materials. Materials received without prior clearance may be subject to disposal.