Equal Immunization Policies & Practices
The following individuals are the forebearers to Project EQUIPP. They are listed below in the capacity in which they served on this panel in 2007. Their status has changed as is reflected on their Bios linked to each name. Please note that our dear friend and esteemed mentor Bill Patrick is now deceased and we miss him dearly. May God rest his soul.
Led by Creve Coeur, MO Fire District Chief Bill Brandes and Dr. Greg Evans, PhD, now Dean of the Georgia Southern University Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, this group of biodefense experts gathered in February 2007 to discuss and ultimately construct a Consensus Paper calling for pre-exposure vaccination against anthrax for emergency responders.
This paper was sent to the Department of Health & Human Services Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response and the Director of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). The Consensus was also published in the Saint Louis University Institute for Biosecurity Spring, 2007 Newsletter.
Shortly thereafter, the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) convened a working group that would ultimately revise the CDC guidance on the use of the anthrax vaccine. These CDC Recommendations were voted upon and approved in 2009. In its Notice to Readers published in MMWR in July 2010, the CDC states its support of voluntary, pre-exposure immunization with the anthrax vaccine for “persons involved in emergency response activities including but not limited to, police departments, fire departments, hazardous material units, government responders, and the National Guard.”
Project EQUIPP Forbearers
William Brandes, Chief Dr. Dean Sienko, Director
Creve Coeur Fire Department & District Ingham County Health Department
St. Louis Metropolitan UASI Michigan
Graham Burnley, Police Chief Wm. C. Patrick, III
Member, Missouri National Guard Biological Warfare Consultant
Terrence Burroughs, MBA, RPh Edward Tomaszewski
President, National Pharmaceutical Association Foundation Firefighter/Haz-Mat Specialist FDNY (Ret.)
Dr. R. Gregory Evans, Director William Stanhope
Institute for BioSecurity Institute for BioSecurity
Saint Louis University Saint Louis University
Kevin Fogarty, Chief, Dutchess County NY Rick Shaffer, Counter Terrorism Consultant
Office of Emergency Response FBI Special Agent (Ret.)
Hazardous Materials Response Division North Carolina
Dr. Fernando Guerra, Director of Health Dr. Wm. Jones, DVM
San Antonio Metropolitan Health District Rural Fire Fighter
San Antonio, Texas Missouri Homeland Security Response Team