Risk Management Case Study: The Fire at Notre Dame Cathedral

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A year ago this April 15th, the world watched in horror as fire raged at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. When the soaring spire atop the cathedral tipped and then collapsed into the flames, fears grew at whether Notre Dame could survive. Thankfully, the efforts and strategic thinking of the brave women and men of the Paris fire brigade, which kept the fire from overtaking the church’s two towers, enabled the main structure to be saved, albeit suffering a gaping wound where the now-burnt away attic and roof once stood.


In the days following the fire, questions began to arise about what could have caused the fire and, also about the nature and extent of the fire detection and protection systems. It turns out Notre Dame had one of the most sophisticated and elaborate fire safety systems ever designed, befitting a landmark of its stature. A team of experts had spent more than six years and untold funds developing the fire protection plan. Yet, when the system was put to a real test, it failed in spectacular fashion. How this could have happened, and what lessons can be learned from this tragic event with be discussed in detail.


Join us on April 15th for a one-hour webinar where we’ll examine the assumptions, factors, and components that shaped the cathedral’s fire protection plan and likely led to its failure. We’ll also consider important lessons that can be applied to managing risks to programs, projects and initiatives.

Speaker and Presenter Information

Tom Brandt 


Tom Brandt, Chief Risk Officer, U.S. Internal Revenue Service 

Alice Miller  


Alice Miller, Chief Risk Officer, Millennium Challenge Corporation

Natalie K. Houghtby-Haddon, Ph.D. 


Dr. Natalie K. Houghtby-Haddon, Associate Director of The George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadership (GW CEPL), and Assistant Professor in the GW College of Professional Studies  

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Air Force, Army, Navy & Marine Corps, Intelligence Agencies, DOD & Military, Office of the President (includes OMB), Dept of Agriculture, Dept of Commerce, Dept of Education, Dept of Energy, Dept of Health & Human Services, Dept of Homeland Security, Dept of Housing & Urban Development, Dept of the Interior, Dept of Justice, Dept of Labor, Dept of State, Dept of Transportation, Dept of Treasury, Dept of Veterans Affairs, EPA, GSA, SSA, NASA, Other Federal Agencies, Legislative Agencies (GAO, GPO, LOC, etc.), Judicial Branch Agencies, State Government, County Government, City Government, Municipal Government, CIA, FEMA, Office of Personnel Management, Coast Guard, National Institutes of Health, FAA, Census Bureau, USAID, National Guard Association, EEOC, Federal Government, State & Local Government, FDA, Foreign Governments/Agencies, NSA, FCC

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Wed, Apr 15, 2020, 1:00pm - 2:00pm ET

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