Profiles

John Richter

Class of 2014
Major/Minor: Sociology/Poltical Science and Justice,Law and Society

The internship with the Harford County Department of Emergency Services integrated knowledge and insight from many of my sociology classes taken at Washington College.

How has your liberal arts education influenced you? How do you apply your LAE in your current career?

The internship with the Harford County Department of Emergency Services integrated knowledge and insight from many of my sociology classes taken at Washington College. Emergencies can occur at any time and maybe the result of man-made actions, natural events, or even a combination of both. The tools of sociology may be applied to this professional field in a variety of ways. Regardless of the nature of the emergency, the affected groups will have a response. The response is influenced by many factors and can be at the individual or group level. Understanding human response and behavior and the social factors that influence the response can help emergency management professionals prepare for emergencies by having insights about how survivors often respond, how emergency organizations and the media respond. Terrorism is a significant piece of emergency management planning in terms of defense planning, mitigation and response of fire and emergency medical organizations. Terrorism, although often characterized as an act of war, may also have a criminal component. Classes in terrorism, criminology and deviance are useful in understanding terrorism from a sociological and criminal perspective. The internship focused on fire department resources and the opportunity to interact with other operational areas of the department and understand the integration of services, including fire departments. Fire departments are an integral part of the response to nearly all emergencies and disasters.

Campus Involvement
  • Club lacrosse
  • Co- president of SAFERIDE
Graduate School:

UMBC, Emergency Health Services and Emergency Management