Active Shooter Event Response (ASER) ALERRT Staff

The ASER course is a 4-hour lecture based awareness program for law enforcement officers addressing current active shooter training and response topics.  The course discusses the current active shooter threat picture and recent terrorist events using this attack strategy. The Driving Force concept is introduced to assist in the decision-making process during the initial response to “Stop The Killing”. Point-of-injury medical care by law enforcement and the critical role of quickly evacuating casualties to higher levels of care is addressed during the “Stop the Dying” phase. Introduction to the Integrated Rescue Task Force (RTF) model by working with Fire and EMS personnel in a Warm Zone is covered along with the need for consideration of rethinking traditional mass casualty incident (MCI) protocols for safety and security concerns.  Finally, the course discusses the importance of first responder resiliency and positive community engagement through providing civilian response strategies for active shooter events and awareness campaigns. 

Advanced Medical Techniques Landon Willhoite

This hands-on session will provide certified medical providers (EMT-B or higher) with an update on medical procedures and treatment philosophy for trauma patients.  The skills presented in this presentation will augment existing skills to match the demands of responding to an active shooter event.  Topics include principles of damage control resuscitation, the use of junctional tourniquets, pre-hospital treatment for tension pneumothorax, advanced techniques for administration of interosseous (IO) infusion, failed airway considerations and pre-hospital cricothyrotomy techniques, and other lessons from the battlefields.   *Attendees for this session must be currently certified medical providers EMT-Basic or higher.  Due to the hands-on nature of this session, it will be limited to the first 20 attendees for each session. 

Active Shooter Incident Management (ASIM) Bill Godfrey, Michelle Cook, and Aristides Jimenez

This course provides participants an overview of the Incident Command System and its specific application to integrate and manage the law enforcement, fire, and EMS response to Active Shooter Events. The course prepares responders to manage the first hour of response to Active Shooter Events ranging from Basic Complexity to Complex Simultaneous Coordinated Attacks. Hands-on exercises simulate unpredictable Active Shooter Events in real time scenarios that enable learning and practice while improving effectiveness and officer safety as part of the VALOR officer safety initiative.



ALERRT Research: Police Tactics and Active Attacks Hunter Martaindale, Bill Sandel, and Jose Rodriguez

During this session, ALERRT's research department will describe a series of studies conducted over the past year. The studies cover a wide range of topics including low-light tactics, the 21ft rule, skill degradation, and civilian/officer perceptions of use of force. Additionally, the research team will give a detailed overview of Active Attacks in the United States from 2000 to today. 

Carpe Audience John-Michael Keyes

Create and deliver better presentations despite PowerPoint.The true enemy of a great presentation is the brain of everyone in your audience. How it’s wired. How it works. How it explodes. (Figuratively, of course – none of us want actual exploding brains.) Carpe Audience exposes the science behind multimedia learning and reveals how many of today’s common practices actually induce cognitive overload.In 90 minutes you’ll learn how to defeat PowerPoint defaults. How to leverage emotions to enhance learning. How to use human conditioning to understand sequencing and cadence. And we’ll use science to do it…not some fuzzy anecdotes or squishy feelings. Cold, hard, clinical science. You’ll receive the “Last template you will ever need”, the secrets of guerrilla typography, and the fastest image acquisition technique known to mankind.

Warning: Attending this workshop will forever alter how you view PowerPoint.

Civilian Response to Active Shooter (CRASE) ALERRT Staff

Law enforcement officers and agencies are frequently requested by schools, businesses, and community members for direction and presentations on what they should do if confronted with an active shooter event. The Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) course, designed and built on the Avoid, Deny, Defend (ADD) strategy developed by ALERRT in 2004, provides strategies, guidance, and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event. Topics include the history and prevalence of active shooter events, civilian response options, medical issues, and considerations for conducting drills. Participants in this 4‑hour Train-the-Trainer course will receive a manual and Power Point presentation suitable for use in their own presentations.

Crisis Communication & What Doesn't Kill Us Michele Lee and Diana Hendricks

Crisis Communication will focus on effectively managing the media during an Active Shooter or other crisis event and will include discussion of best practices and FBI public affairs resources which are available to assist your agency. The second part of this presentation will focus on building resilience and strengthening recovery in your agency and in your community after an active attack or other crisis event.

First Responders and Breaching Tools – Lessons Learned Jeffrey Waters

Breaching tools are no longer exclusive to just SWAT teams. Patrol Officers should also have the means to enter into a location when the situation requires a response now. Waiting for specialized units with specialized tools when lives are on the line is no longer an option. This is a recap of the Emily Morgan Hotel incident and some lessons learned.

Improving Active Shooter Response Skills Using Web-Based Training Don Gulla, Leon Pryor, and Dr. Brian Lande

While face-to-face, live training programs exemplified by ALERRT remain the "gold standard" for preparing police officers to handle the tactical complexities of active shooter incidents, such training by itself cannot ensure that officers will develop, practice, and improve core skills in perception, cognitive, and decision-making that are the essential building blocks agile, adaptable, and decisive action in critical situations. Drawing on extensive research in critical incident decision-making, the Polis team will present information on how affordable, scalable web-based training systems can integrate human performance science, adult learning methods, and tactical best practices to give officers high-repetition skills training that enhances and prolongs the benefits of hands-on ALERRT training.

Improving Survival from the Active Shooter: A Personal Story Alex Eastman

Dr. Eastman will discuss the July 7, 2016 ambush on Dallas PD officers working a protest in downtown Dallas, which then turned into a SWAT standoff, ending with the deployment of an EOD robot.

Joint Public Safety Response to Fire-as-a-Weapon Mike Clumpner

Attackers has used fire-as-a-weapon for centuries. However, there is still a struggle to manage fire-as-a-weapon when there are additional hostile threats. This course examines law enforcement and fire department response to events in which there are smoke and fire as well as an additional hostile threat (such as a perpetrator, explosives, and so forth). This course examines the "ABCs" of fire-as-a-weapon: Ambush, Barricade, Civil Unrest and Complex Coordinated. Events such as Waco, Texas; 1985 Move Movement, Mumbai, India, Webster, New York, and others demonstrate that events occur that require a coordinated law enforcement and fire department response.

Las Vegas Strip Shooting Members of Las Vegas Metropolitan PD and Clark Co FD

Members of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Clark County Fire Department will discuss the recent attack.  Though it is still early in the investigation and some information is not able to be disclosed, they will provide invaluable insight into how Police, Fire, EMS and citizens worked together to handle such an incredibly large and complex incident. The Public Information Officer (PIO) for LVMPD will also discuss the many aspects of handling the media/social media during and after the event.

Law Enforcement Response to the Pulse Night Club Terror Attack  Doug Goerke
On June 12, 2016 at approximately 2:00 A.M., a self-radicalized Homegrown Violent Extremist (H.V.E.) entered the Pulse Night Club in Orlando, FL and carried out a terror attack that killed 49 innocent victims. The incident quickly transitioned from an active shooter event to a barricaded hostage taker. During the incident, the suspect professed his allegiance to ISIS and stated he had enough explosives to level “several blocks.”
This presentation will provide an in-depth overview of the Pulse Nightclub terror attack. Details will be shared regarding response, challenges faced and operational decisions made during the incident, including victim extraction. Lt. Goerke will also share lessons learned from the event to assist first responders to better prepare for critical incidents involving active shooters and mass casualty incidents.
**This information is considered Law Enforcement Sensitive. Non-Law Enforcement Personnel will not be permitted to attend this presentation.**

Lessons We Have Learned About Integrated Responses - Medical Panel Discussion Mark Anderson, Chris Heppel, and Mark Kittelson

This session is facilitated by experienced emergency services leaders who have focused on active violence incidents and trained hundreds of responders across the county. The session will begin with each panel member providing a short presentation addressing areas of recent focus for them, including topics such as integrated response from prevention to recovery, challenges in resource-limited rural communities, and interdisciplinary policy development considerations. The remaining time will be spent with an interactive discussion and audience participation to better understand how to evaluate risk, identify and close gaps, and implement best practices and lessons learned. Topics may include: 

  • Need for planners to think beyond just the response phase of operations, and understand the integration of prevention, mitigation, response and recovery

  • Necessity to include the general public in preparedness measures, such as first aid training and appropriate immediate actions during an active violent incident

  • How regional planning and policy is necessary to support an effective response

  • Risk management with regards to threat, vulnerability and consequence analysis

  • Capabilities and needs divergence

  • Unified command training issues

  • Rural preparedness and response  

  • Doctrine versus reality and constantly evolving threats

  • Overcoming institutional interagency/discipline hurdles in an effort to establish unified command and more

OVC TTAC: Mass Violence and Terrorism Technical Assistance Toolkit Herman Millholland

Participants will learn about the Office for Victims of Crime Helping Victims of Mass Violence & Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources Toolkit. The session will provide a comprehensive overview of the Toolkit, including:

  • The importance of community partnerships in providing a unique and appropriate response to victims of incidents of mass violence and terrorism.

  • The importance of incorporating victim assistance protocols into a community’s emergency response plan for both citizens and first responders.

  • The challenges communities often face during and after an incident occurs.

 As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Understand how to use the three components of the Mass Violence and Terrorism Toolkit.

  • Recognize the importance of developing partnerships and creating a victim assistance plan as part of an emergency management plan.

Contribute to developing a victim assistance plan in their community

Preparing Your Dispatchers for Active Violence Wayne Freeman

Dispatchers are an asset to active shooter response that are often overlooked.  This short course presentation will examine integrating telecommunicators into active shooter training, response, and recovery.  This class is not just for dispatchers…it will also cover how to get your primary active shooter instructors prepared to teach your dispatchers basic hostile incident response.  This course also covers: history of the dispatch training program, how to build a dispatch training program in your region, integrating dispatchers into tabletops and exercises, and covers the basic course material used in the training.  This class is designed for law enforcement, fire, EMS, and all types of dispatch personnel.​​

Prevention, Response and Recovery Following School and Workplace Violence: In Conversation with Survivors of the Navy Yard and Virginia Tech Shootings Kristina Anderson and Lindsay Webster

In both school and workplace settings, violence often leaves significant long-term disruptions to the effective learning and working environments in which they occur. To better understand how law enforcement may communicate the importance of these events to their communities - this session will share the unique perspective of two survivors of mass casualty events, the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting and the 2013 Navy Yard shooting, detailing mental processing during the incident, interaction with first responders, and the recovery process.

Takeaways will include recommendations on the importance of communication during a crisis, and language for effective training of civilians to better prepare for active threats. A Q&A panel will follow, questions are highly encouraged and welcome.

Reunification. OK. It hit the fan. Now what? John-Michael Keyes
Understanding and advocating the Standard Reunification Method.
One aspect in crisis response is accountable reunification of students with their parents or guardians in the event that controlled release is necessary.  The Standard Reunification Method provides school and district safety teams solid, proven methods to plan, practice and achieve a successful reunification.  This session shows First Responders the practices and responsibilities of schools, districts, departments and agencies during a reunification. Plus, how to advocate the method to school and district officials from a first responder perspective.


SHIELD – Strength & Honor in Executive Leadership Decisions Melvin Allick II and Lacy Wolff
SHIELD assists First Responders to effectively deal with the challenges faced both on and off duty by delivering a culturally relevant examination of best practices and their impact on responders and their families. SHIELD also bridges and encourages the availability and use of existing resources within each agency. Through a dynamic presentation and a contemporary approach to resiliency, you as a responder or a loved one of a responder will walk away with a refreshing perception of how to care for your relationships, and careers while being ever mindful of how to care for yourself first.


The FBI’s Role in a Critical Incident Calvin Honza

The goal of the FBI’s crisis management program is to provide the FBI the capability to quickly organize and execute an effective response to a critical incident. Crisis management provides a framework to guide the efforts of crisis response assets within the FBI and coordinate those efforts with other law enforcement and incident response partners.

Included in this presentation are policies, protocols, and best practices the FBI has incorporated into our responses to crises.

The presentation will highlight some of the FBI resources available to respond to a critical incident.



The Night the Rules Changed:  Dallas Police Ambush Shooting Tami Kayea

This presentation will be on the July 7, 2016 sniper shooting in which 12 police officers were shot; 5 of which were fatally wounded.  It will discuss the events of that night, fire/EMS operations, and  lessons learned. It will also review the events that led to the shooting of a Dallas firefigher/paramedic on May 1, 2017.

**Details on breakout sessions are subject to change.