2018 RECAP

2018 Conference SESSIONS & SPEAKERS

Lessons Learned from Sandy Hook: Anticipating the Unthinkable -  Carly Posey

Friday and Saturday 8 am to 9:30 am | Davis Room 1

Carly tells her story of no one being prepared for what happened inside Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. She shares what went wrong and right on that day and the days and years to follow. She shares her perspective on the events and how a school community can be proactive and be prepared for the unthinkable. Carly gives real solutions on school safety and recovery in the aftermath. She has spoken to thousands of school community members and is honored to have a part in improving school safety.

Carly Posey is an advocate for school safety. During the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting on December 14, 2012, the shooter entered her son’s first grade classroom. After shooting his teacher and a student, the shooter stopped to reload, Carly’s son ran out of the classroom to the fire station nearby. Her fourth-grade daughter remained hidden in an art room office at the Sandy Hook School. Her two other children were at the intermediate school in Newtown - in lockdown for 5 hours.



Active Shooter Incident Management (ASIM) - Bill Godfrey (4 hour block)

Friday and Saturday 8 am to 12 pm | Davis Room 3 - Limited Space

This session of the Active Shooter Incident Management How To series focuses on the toughest jobs in the management of an Active Shooter Event. The law enforcement Tactical Group Supervisor (a.k.a. 5th Man) owns everything in the Hot and Warm Zones, assigns Contact Teams their task and purpose, and coordinates movement of Rescue Task Forces with Triage to rescue injured. The Triage Group Supervisor manages the Rescue Task Forces, tracks the number/severity/location of injured, and coordinates evacuation to ambulances with the Transport Group Supervisor. These three individuals must work seamlessly together to insure rapid neutralization of the threat and transport of the injured. This session dives into the role of each function along with common challenges and strategies for success. Included are hands-on drills with participants in small groups exercising the Tactical, Triage, and Transport roles. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn and practice these essential roles in training before you may have to do it for real!

WILLIAM “BILL” GODFREY retired as Chief of the Deltona (FL) Fire Department after 25 years in the fire service. He is the CEO and an Instructor for C3 Pathways, a public safety training, exercise, and consulting firm. He has an MBA with additional degrees in public administration and EMS management, is a paramedic, and fire instructor III. Bill is as a full-time instructor and curriculum developer for several DHS-certified national curricula, including Active Shooter Incident Management, Active Threat Integrated Response Course, and Complex Coordinated Attacks. He is the lead instructor for Active Shooter Incident Management, and along with the C3 team has delivered more than 60 classes and trained more than 3,000 students conducting more than a thousand active shooter exercise scenarios. Bill is a frequent national speaker, researcher, and participates in numerous national active shooter work groups.



Stop The Bleed - Katie Contreras

Friday and Saturday 8 am to 12 pm | Davis Room 4 - Limited Space

(Note: Space is limited to the  first 50 students per class)

Stop the Bleed continues to empower the general public to make a difference in a life-threatening emergency by teaching them the basic techniques of bleeding control.  Today we live in a world where terrorism, the actions of unstable people, and the dangerous impulses of friends and relatives are very real and becoming increasingly more frequent.

Massive bleeding from any cause, but particularly from an active shooter or explosive event where a response is delayed can result in death. Similar to how the general public learns and performs CPR, the public must learn proper bleeding control techniques, including how to use their hands, dressings, and tourniquets. Victims can quickly die from uncontrolled bleeding, within five to ten minutes.

However, anyone at the scene can act as immediate responder and save lives if they know what to do. BleedingControl.org supports President Barack Obama’s policy directive for national preparedness (Presidential Policy Directive 8), which targets preparedness as a shared responsibility of the government, the private and nonprofit sectors, and individual citizens.

BleedingControl.org is an initiative of the American College of Surgeons and the Hartford Consensus and contains diagrams, news, videos, and other resources contributed by a variety of other private and nonprofit partners to help prepare you in the event you are witness to one of these unspeakable events.

Our shared goal is to provide you with a one-stop, online resource to credible information on bleeding control. We hope you will never need to use this information, but if you do, at least you will have the assurance that the information is credible and timely.

This is the bleedingcontrol.org train-the-trainer class, to which I have added BATH.  I typically teach it as a 45-60 min lecture and then skills practice (three groups: TQ, wound packing, BATH)

As a 15-year paramedic in central Texas, Katie Contreras has recently moved into a full-time training position at her home department, while teaching with Austin Community College and The ALERRT Center at Texas State University as Adjunct Faculty.  Her fascination with trauma and the bleeding control initiative began shortly after taking a TCCC/TMP class, where heavy emphasis was placed on stopping preventable losses.  Her position over Community Relations/Social Media has allowed her to share this information with the public while working to educate them on bleeding control and empower them to take action in an emergency.  Katie is currently pursuing a degree in Emergency and Disaster Management through Columbia College (South Carolina).



OK, It Hit the Fan. Now What? : Student/Parent Reunification - John-Michael Keyes

Friday and Saturday 8 am to 9:30 am | High Plains Room 1

Active Shooter training is about the first five minutes. But if it really does hit the fan, it’s going to be a long day. The Standard Reunification Method introduces concepts and resources for Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS and District personnel to both conduct a successful reunification and advocate the method to other organizations.

This is a must-see presentation and participants will receive tangible takeaways and no cost resources.

For nearly a decade, Mr. Keyes has represented The “I Love U Guys” Foundation to districts, departments, agencies and organizations regarding school safety. Prior to that, his career has spanned graphic design, communications, writing, software and database development. The death of his daughter, Emily, at the hands of a gunman at Platte Canyon High School compelled Mr. Keyes to bring his professional expertise to the arena of school safety. Today, Mr. Keyes is an internationally sought keynote speaker not just in the arena of school safety, but often presents to first responder/law enforcement-only audiences.

Active Shooter Command and Control: Beyond the 60-Minute Mark - Mike Clumpner

Friday and Saturday 8 am to 9:30 am | High Plains Room 2/3

Active shooter events continue to plague the United States. Since 2009, the number of active shooter events in the United States has tripled and the lethality has increased 600 percent. The vast majority of public safety active shooter response training focus on the critical actions to take in the first 60 minutes of the event. These actions primarily focus on threat neutralization and patient care. Very few training courses focus on the aftermath of these events. However, more and more public scrutiny now focuses on the ways that public safety agencies respond after threat neutralization and patient care.

This course examines numerous aspects of active shooter response beyond the basics. This course looks at the concept of mass hysteria, uninjured victim care and support, creation of notification and family reunification centers, mass notification, crisis communication, crime scene considerations, elected official involvement, ad hoc memorials, permanent memorials, funeral services, and business continuity of operations. This course provides public safety officials with key items to consider during the initial aftermath of an active shooter event.

This course also examines the concept that a disaster begets a disaster. At the 2013 Los Angeles International Airport shooting, there was one fatality and seven people with gunshot injuries. However, 400 people were seen at local hospitals for medical conditions that arose from the event. At the 2017 Hollywood International Airport shooting, there were five deaths and six people with gunshot injuries. Local EMS transported an additional 42 people to the hospital with medical conditions secondary to the event. In both events, the number of people injured at the shooting was relatively small; however, a large number of people had subsequent medical conditions requiring hospital evaluation. In both cases, many people experienced medical problems when they were evacuated outside and remained in the heat for an extended period of time.

Active shooter events have demonstrated numerous crime scene considerations. In this course, the necessity and distance requirements for cordons will be discussed. In addition, there is a need for secondary crime scene documentation for all of the personal effects left behind by people fleeing. The instructor will give examples from active shooter events at malls, airports, and hospitals to demonstrate the complexity magnitude of personal effects left behind.

Dr. Mike Clumpner is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Threat Suppression, a public safety consulting firm headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is a 26-year veteran of public safety, with 23 years experience as a career firefighter/ paramedic serving on busy fire companies Mike is currently a fire captain and acting battalion chief with the Charlotte Fire Department where he is assigned to a busy ladder company responding to more than 3,300 emergency calls a year. Mike is also a sworn law enforcement officer, and has spent the last eight years assigned to a full time SWAT team with a large law enforcement agency.  Mike has spent more than 13,000 hours researching active shooter events and terrorist attacks. Mike actively serves in leadership roles on 15 local, state, and federal active shooter workgroups and taskforces. Mike also serves as a principal member of NFPA 3000: Active Shooter/Hostile Event Code Committee. Mike has providing consulting and training for the Department of Justice, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and more than 750 other government agencies.

Terrorist Attacks in the UK in 2017 - Brian Dillon

Friday and Saturday 8 am to 9:30 am | Texoma Rooms 1/2

In 2017 the UK experienced three notable terrorism attack:

1. Westminster Bridge - Parliament (March)

2. Manchester Arena (June)

3. London Bridge (June)

This presentation will deliver, through a case study approach, an assessment of these terrorist incidents in the U.K.  The speaker’s past experience with ALERRT and the IAB will ensure that relevant strategic and tactical areas are examined for a US audience. Delegates will leave with an enhanced awareness of the U.K. operating model.

Brian Dillon, MSc BSc(Hons)  is a crisis management consultant. Previously he was the U.K. police commander on the European counter-terrorism intervention network and the  operational head of  Scotland Yard’s Specialist Firearms Command. Brian has a comprehensive understanding of government level crisis response and recovery procedures and is a frequent speaker and writer on security issues. He is a director of the award winning City Security and Resilience Network and an editorial advisor for the Crisis Response Journal. Brian has Fellowship with the Security Institute and the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management.


Philip Barbour High School Barricade Hostage De-brief - Chief Jeffrey Walters

Friday and Saturday 8 am to 9:30 am | Texoma Room 3

On August 25, 2015, a 14-year-old student walked into a classroom at Philip Barbour High School in Philippi, West Virginia, and held 29 students and a teacher hostage at gunpoint.

The teacher maintained order in the classroom and kept the students calm while she convinced the gunman to keep additional students from entering the classroom as class periods were changing. Students attempting to enter the classroom informed school faculty of the situation and they called 911.

Within three minutes of receiving the 911 call, Chief Walters and two other law enforcement officers arrived at the high school. Chief Walters was taken to the classroom where he began communicating with the gunman through the window in the door. After 30 minutes of negotiation, the gunman released all of the hostages.

Over the course of the next two hours, Chief Walters continued to talk with the gunman. After the gunman requested to speak with his pastor, Chief Walters and the pastor convinced the gunman to unload his pistol and surrender.

Chief Walters began his career in 1995 and is a graduate of the West Virginia State Police Academy. In 1999, Chief Walters was certified as a Law Enforcement Instructor and became the Department training Officer. Chief Walters was promoted to Sergeant in 2005, and became a patrol and investigations supervisor. In 2013, Chief Walters was appointed to Chief of Police. In 2016, Chief Walters was honored in Washington D.C. during Police Week, winning the National Police Officers Memorial Officer of the Month Award after successfully negotiating the release of 29 hostages at a high school using ALERRT tactics and principles.  


Resilience and Recovery: Working with the Media and Your Community After an Active Attack or Mass Casualty Crisis - FBI SA Michelle Lee & Diana Hendricks

Friday and Saturday 10 am to 11:30 pm | Davis Room 1

Building resilience and planning for recovery begin before a tragedy hits your community. Coordinating local public information officers and volunteer former journalists to serve as an emergency operations communications committee is key to staying on track and delivering clear, concise information as it becomes available. 

Recovery begins at the scene of the tragedy. How you handle the first moments, hours and days will define your community for years to come. This presentation will also focus on what to expect from the media, strategies that have been successful in preparing and managing mass media, including some best practices employed throughout the nation.  

Discussion will also include FBI Public Affairs resources available to assist state and local law enforcement agencies with active shooter and mass casualty crisis events.  This session will address resilience, recovery, and how to stop making murderers famous, through ALERRT’s grassroots Don’t Name Them campaign. 

Diana Hendricks has been the Director of Communications for the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center at Texas State University since its inception.  The veteran journalist and award- winning writer brings a unique voice to the important Don’t Name Them active shooter response media campaign, and proven experience with national and regional press and public information offices.   She holds a Master of Arts from Texas State, and, in her free time, writes about Texas Music and Culture.  Her most recent release is a music biography: Delbert McClinton: One Of The Fortunate Few (Texas A&M University Press, 2017).

Special Agent Michelle Lee joined the FBI in 1998 and was first assigned to the Dallas Division.  She has served as San Antonio FBI’s Public Affairs Officer since 2013.  She has worked several crisis events with other law enforcement agencies, to include the Sutherland Springs shooting and the Austin Package Bomber investigation.  In addition to Public and Congressional Affairs, SA Lee has worked a wide variety of FBI programs and investigations to include White Collar Crime, Intelligence, and Counterterrorism matters. SA Lee graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia and St. Louis University School Law.  


Trauma Resuscitation and the Use of Whole Blood in Ground EMS - Eric Bank

Friday and Saturday 10 am to 11:30 pm | Davis Room 4

Harris County (Texas) Emergency Services District 48 has been using blood products for since March of 2016 and transitioned to the Rangers ROLO model for whole blood use in EMS for trauma resuscitation.  As more services transition to this model, TECC instruction model for whole blood is in development.

Eric A. Bank, LP, NRP, graduated from the EMS management program at Hahnemann University in 1996, working as a paramedic in the region until 2000. In 2000 moving back to Texas, he worked as a paramedic at West Harris County (Texas) EMS, and became EMS director in 2002. In late 2009, he became assistant chief of EMS at Harris County Emergency Services District 48 An active research participant in pre-hospital medicine with a focus on trauma care. He also serves as the Co- Chair for the South East Regional Advisory Council’s Trauma Committee.


ALERRT Research - Bill Sandel & Dr. Hunter Martaindale

Friday and Saturday 10 am to 11:30 pm | High Plains Room 1

This Breakout Session will detail the various research projects conducted at ALERRT over the last year. Mr. Sandel will discuss his dissertation research on the difference between civilian and law enforcement perceptions regarding the reasonableness of force. Dr. Martaindale will then describe a variety of research projects including, but not limited to, low-light tactics, suspect movement patterns through empty buildings, the impact of vulgarity on civilian perceptions of force, and an update of the latest active attack data. This session includes a discussion of the practical findings from our research as well as a lot of videos to adequately illustrate how the studies were conducted.

Bill Sandel is the Research Specialist at ALERRT, and a fifth year doctoral student at Texas State University.  Mr. Sandel has worked at ALERRT for five years, and in that time, he has helped develop and execute many research projects to further ALERRT’s mission to provide research-based training.  Some of these projects include the 21-foot rule, use of force perceptions, bio-factors and skill degradation, distraction, low light entry and distraction, door locks, ballistics, blue on blue, and several others.  He has presented active shooter data and ALERRT research at four national conferences.

Dr. Hunter Martaindale is ALERRT's Director of Research where he is responsible for maintaining ALERRT’s ongoing research agenda. Hunter earned his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Texas State University in 2016. Hunter actively researches active shooter events, tactical police training, and the effects of stress on law enforcement decision-making. He has published a book on room entry techniques and a number of refereed academic articles and reports on active shooter events and police tactics.



Advanced Granite Active Shooter Case: Development/Deployment of a Rescue Task Force - William Davis & Jeremy Mothershed

Friday and Saturday 10 am to 11:30 pm | High Plains Rooms 2/3

On  October 18, 2017, there was a mass casualty shooting/workplace violence incident that occurred at Advanced Granite Solutions in Harford County, Maryland.  The suspect in this case, an employee, entered the shop area of the business and proceeded to shoot five other employees, three of which did not survive.  The shooter then went mobile and shot another person in Delaware before his was apprehended.

Prior to the shooting, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office had trained all of our 300 law-enforcement deputies in ALERRT and we had just started the implementation of “Rescue Task Force” training, which incorporates getting EMS into the warm zones faster under the protection of law-enforcement deputies.   Senior DFC Mothershed was spearheading our Rescue Task Force Program, and fortunately for the victims and the Sheriff’s Office he was one of the first deputies on the scene.  Additionally, the first EMS officers on the scene were also just recently trained in the Rescue Task Force Program.  This allowed us to get EMS in fast, which we believed saved lives. 

Fire and EMS in Harford County is primarily a volunteer system with some paid EMS.  Therefore, working through volunteer schedules and police schedules is challenging.  However, we have developed a course and we have been able to train almost all of our deputies and many fire and EMS personnel in our Rescue Task Force techniques. 

This training session will be a combination of a case study of the Advanced Granite Shooting and the use and the implementation of our Rescue Task Force System. 

Major William Davis currently serves in the Harford County Maryland Sheriff’s Office as Chief of the Police Operations Bureau. In this position, Major Davis is responsible for all the patrol, investigative and tactical duties of the Office. Prior to his appointment within the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, Major Davis was the Assistant Director of Public Safety at the Community College of Baltimore County. Major Davis is a former District Commander (major) and 25 year veteran of the Baltimore Police Department.  As District Commander, he was responsible for the day to day management and oversight of the Department’s Southeast District. Major Davis holds a Master’s of Science in Management from The Johns Hopkins University and is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police (PERF/SMIP). Major Davis is also a faculty member at The Johns Hopkins University in the Division of Public Safety Leadership. Jeremy Mothershed is a Senior Deputy Sheriff with the Harford County Sheriff Office in Maryland where he has been employed for over 21 years. Jeremy is currently assigned to the Special Operations Division K-9 unit where he and his partner assist other agency units and divisions with Patrol and Narcotic detection. Secondarily, Jeremy serves in the capacity as the Tactical Medic Coordinator for the agencies Special Response Team (SRT). Jeremy is also an Instructor for the agency for their Law Enforcement Emergency Medical Care Course (LEEMCC). Outside of the Law Enforcement arena Jeremy is also a Nationally Registered Paramedic and Maryland Licensed Paramedic. Jeremy serves as a Volunteer Paramedic and has held the positions of EMS Chief, Assistant Chief, and Captain to name a few. He currently serves as the Harford County Chairman for the Rescue Task Force group. Jeremy is a NAEMT TCCC and TECC Instructor and is also adjunct faculty for the Community College of Baltimore County, Maryland as well as faculty for the Maryland Fire Rescue Institute  



Active Shooter at Police Headquarters  Leads to Friendly Fire Death of Undercover Officer - Julie Parker

Friday and Saturday 10 am to 11:30 pm | Texoma Rooms 1/2

This powerful presentation details the day that a suburban DC police department will sadly never forget. The woman who led the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Media Relations Bureau on that fateful day recounts how an active shooter’s actions forever changed the fatally wounded officer’s family, the police department, and the community. This session will show how the shooter’s brothers watched and recorded the entire event and how the media covered this tragedy with compassion and respect.

Julie Parker has an extensive background in television news, media relations and crisis communications having served as both a TV news reporter/anchor and as the chief spokesperson for two large police departments, effectively reporting from both sides of the crime tape. Parker is the Director of the Media Relations Bureau for the Fairfax County (VA) Police Department and held the same position from 2011-2016 with the Prince George’s County (MD) Police Department.  Julie also spent 13 years as a TV news reporter in Washington, DC. There, she earned both an Emmy and Edward R. Murrow awards. Julie is a regular guest lecturer at the FBI National Academy and a subject matter expert with the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security. Since 2014, she has led Julie Parker Communications, a media relations and crisis communications consultancy.



Active Attack Training for Dispatchers and Keeping the Lost Alive - Wayne Freeman

Friday and Saturday 10 am to 11:30 pm | Texoma  Room 3

An updated version of the dispatch training program  integrating LE and Fire as well as EMTs and Dispatch for improved integration.  For several years now,  the South Carolina program has made it a requirement that any instructors in the program be required to know details about the lives of victims and survivors.  The impact of this program has been exceptional and many ALERRT instructors have adopted this practice.

Wayne Freeman has been in law enforcement for 23 years and is the South Carolina Active Shooter Training Coordinator.  He is a Special Agent with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, and supervises the state active shooter training program.  Past assignments include: special operations, firefighter, EMT, SWAT, medic, tactical flight officer, explosives K-9 handler, bloodhound tracking team, hazardous materials response, fugitive operations, DARE Officer, school resource officer, and others.

Lessons Learned from Survivors of  Virginia Tech and  Columbine High School - Lisa Hamp & Heather Martin

Friday and Saturday 1 pm to 2:30 pm | Davis Room 1

 In the study of mass shootings, the perspectives of survivors add an important element of understanding for our first responders, and larger communities, to better understand how to increase our prevention, response and recovery capabilities. In this session, Heather Martin will share how her experience as a Columbine High School student transformed to her current work as an educator, and her work in building a national survivor support network, The Rebels Project. Ms. Hamp, as a student from the only classroom to successfully prevent multiple entry attempts during the Virginia Tech school shooting, will share the importance of preparing civilians for active threat conversations, and planning for recovery that is inclusive of all.  This session provides takeaways on communicating active threat response to students and the public, and together, they share a powerful message of hope, prevention, and recovery.

Lisa Hamp is a survivor of the Virginia Tech shooting that took place on April 16, 2007.  With her classmates, she built a barricade to prevent the shooter from entering their classroom.  She struggled for a long time after the shooting.  Eight years later, she sought counseling and began her recovery. Today, Lisa speaks and writes about her experience surviving and recovering from the Virginia Tech shooting to help others.  She shares a raw and powerful personal story, as well as lessons learned from Virginia Tech Tragedy, to first responders, psychologists, counselors, teachers, students, and many others.   Her work has been published in the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Campus Safety Magazine, and the Domestic Preparedness Journal. Lisa has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Virginia Tech, a Master’s degree in Operations Research from George Mason University, and a Master’s degree in Economics from John Hopkins University.  As a survivor of the Columbine shootings in April of 1999, Heather (Egeland) Martin shares her powerful story and the varying impacts of trauma to educators, law enforcement, first responders, and students around the country. After graduating, Heather enrolled in college, but eventually dropped out as a result of the trauma she experienced. 10 years after the shooting, after returning to Columbine High School for the anniversary, Heather began her journey to recovery. Today, Heather is a high school English teacher in Aurora, Colorado, and the CEO of The Rebels Project, a non-profit dedicated to supporting survivors of mass trauma.



Medical Advanced Skills Class - Andrew Huitt - (4 hour block)

Friday and Saturday 1 pm to 5 pm | Davis Room 4

(Note: Space is limited to the first 30 students per class)

ALERRT will be introducing a new 8 hour Advanced Medical Skills Course (AMSC) in 2018/2019 intended to provide medical first responders with best practices for the management of traumatic injured patients to enhance survivability and combat potentially preventable death specifically from active attacker events.

Topics will include Pre-Hospital Damage Control Resuscitation (DCR), Compressible and Non-Compressible Bleeding Management, Hypotensive Resuscitation, Hemostatic Resuscitation, Airway Management, Tension Pneumothorax Management, Hypothermia Prevention and Management.

2018 ALERRT Conference Attendees will participate in a 4 hour introduction of the Advanced Medical Skills Course (AMSC) and participate in the following hands on skills: Surgical Cricothyrotomy with Syndaver Trainers, Finger Thoracostomy with Syndaver Trainers, Needle Thoracostomy, Vented Chest Seal Application, Extremity  and Junctional Tourniquet Application, Hemostatic Wound Packing, Extraglotic    and Nasopharyngeal Airways Insertion, Intraosseous Needle Insertion with EZIO, EZIO Sternal, and FAST1 Sternal IO Trainers.

Andrew Huitt is a practicing Texas Licensed Paramedic since 1998 serving in the nations eleventh largest city municipal EMS department holding the rank of  Clinical Specialist and a credentialed advanced life support provider. His service includes 10 years as a Rescue Paramedic in EMS Special Operations conducting high risk rescues in 15 areas of operations, multiple federal disaster declaration deployments with Texas Task Force 1 as a Helicopter Search and Rescue Technician, Water Rescue Technician and Small Boat Operator. He is a Tactical Combat Casualty Care Medical Provider (TCCC-MP) and Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) Instructor delivering education to first responders nationally as an adjunct instructor with Texas State University ALERRT program including the First Responder Medical Instructor Course (FRMIC), Active Attacker Integrated Response (AAIR) Course, Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) Course, Advanced Advanced Medical Skills Course (AMSC).  


A paramedic’s personal experience in treating active shooter and terror events in Israel - Oren Wacht

Friday and Saturday 1 pm to 2:30 pm | High Plains Room 1

The Israeli EMS has gained extensive experience in treating terror events like suicide bombings and active shooter events in the last 30 years. Wascht will describe the operations, logistics and communications of the Israeli EMS in treating these events from his personal experience in wars and terror events.

Oren Wacht  PhD, EMT-P, is the head of the Bachelor degree for paramedics in Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. Oren is also a paramedic in the national EMS system and army reserve for the last 15 years and combines his field experience in teaching and research. Oren is an adviser for the Israeli ministry of health in pre hospital emergency medicine and outcomes measures.

Oren Wacht  PhD, EMT-P, is the head of the Bachelor degree for paramedics in Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. Oren is also a paramedic in the national EMS system and army reserve for the last 15 years and combines his field experience in teaching and research. Oren is an adviser for the Israeli ministry of health in pre hospital emergency medicine and outcomes measures.



Officer Involved Shooting Debrief: Vehicle Style Ambush - Mark Adams

Friday and Saturday 1 pm to 2:30 pm | High Plains Rooms 2/3

Officer Adams was conducting a traffic stop for a stop sign violation, when the suspect driver immediately exited the vehicle and was refusing to comply with commands, when the suspect pulled a gun on Officer Adams. Officer Adams shot and killed the suspect in this encounter. This incident was recorded on a body camera and patrol unit dash camera  with a regular view and panoramic wide view. 

Mark Adams is an Officer with the Pasadena, Texas Police Department for over 13 years. Prior to being a police officer, Mark served four years in the United States Marine Corps from 1996 to 2000 and graduated from Texas A&M University in 2003. Mark is a member of the Crisis Negotiation Team and serves as a Field Training Officer for the Pasadena Police Department.


Baghdad to Austin: Translating Military Combat Casualty Care Lessons From 17 Years of War to the Civilian Sector - Dr. James Geracci

Friday and Saturday 1 pm to 2:30 pm | Texoma Rooms 1/2

The lecture describes the evolution of Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TC3) techniques, procedures, and equipment over the past 15 years of war and how, in light of events like the Boston Marathon Bombing and others, the lessons learned by the military in combat can be translated into the civilian sector.

James Geracci is a Vice President/Chief Medical Officer for Ascension Healthcare Texas/Seton Family of Hospitals.  He is responsible for strategy development and operational oversight of all aspects of healthcare delivery at Seton Medical Center Williamson to ensure achievement of Ascension’s “quadruple aim” of delivering high-quality care, improved clinical outcomes, better patient and provider experiences, and lower overall cost of care consistent with the organizations mission, vision, and values. Jim is a senior physician executive with more than 26 years of healthcare leadership experience in the largest and most complex healthcare enterprise in the world (the United States Army).  He retired at the rank of Colonel and has led military healthcare teams at all levels including as medical director of multiple large clinics, as department chief for the military’s largest primary care department, and as chief medical officer for an Army Division and Corps.  Jim is a proven effects-oriented leader experienced in building, developing, and leading multidisciplinary teams capable of planning and executing comprehensive health services support in the most complex environments including assignments and combat deployments to Bosnia, Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan.    

A disruptive innovator, Jim has effectively driven and led organizational change from both the bottom up and the top down in an institution known for bureaucracy. Serving as Director of Prehospital Trauma Care for the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) Joint Trauma System, Senior Combat Capability Developer for the Army Medical Department, Consultant to the Army Surgeon General for Operational and Deployment Medicine, and on the DoD’s Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care, he helped to transform military medicine into a true learning healthcare system ensuring hard-learned lessons of the past 17 years of war have not been lost but rather codified in doctrine and policy. A native of Las Vegas, Nevada, Jim’s education includes degrees/certifications from Arizona State University, Uniformed Services University School of Medicine, US Army Command and General Staff College, and both University of Pennsylvania/Wharton and University of Texas/McCombs Schools of Business.  He is certified by the American Board of Family Physicians and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.  Among his military awards are the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, and the Order of Military Medical Merit.  Jim has authored numerous scholarly articles/book chapters and presented lectures both nationally and internationally on various professional topics.  


Full Spectrum Active Shooter Preparedness – Thinking Beyond the Obvious - Mark Anderson

Friday and Saturday 1 pm to 2:30 pm | Texoma Room 3

At an Active Shooter event, the highest strategic priority for public safety response is inarguably life safety.  This has often been expressed in two imperatives – Stop the Killing, and Stop the Dying.

First responders have been appropriately focusing most of their preparedness bandwidth on these two primary objectives since the Columbine incident coalesced focus on this subject.  Clearly, however, there is much more to the successful overall management of an active shooter incident than law enforcement contact team operations, joint rescue operations and EMS casualty management.

Public safety responders who develop doctrine and training for these incidents tend to focus on the Response portion of the preparedness spectrum (to the detriment of Prevention, Protection, Mitigation and Recovery).

This interactive presentation will discuss best practices and propose a methodology for approaching active shooter preparedness planning, which seeks to ensure that all necessary aspects of community preparedness are appropriately considered, prioritized and addressed.

Mark Anderson is a Firefighter/ Paramedic with the Bellevue (WA) Fire Dept.and has 28 years of experience as an emergency responder in the Seattle metro area. He has been working at the local, regional, state and national levels on homeland security planning and preparedness issues since 1998.  He is a founding member of the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (C-TECC), and serves on its guidelines committee and international outreach workgroup.  Since 2009, his primary areas of focus have been on active shooter and complex coordinated terrorism attack preparedness, operational medicine and rescue, and intelligence fusion.


NFPA 3000: The New National Standard for an Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response Program - Paul Brooks

Friday and Saturday 3 pm to 4:30 pm | High Plains Room 1

In this session, participants will learn about the joint effort to bring representatives from emergency response, emergency management, facility management, healthcare, education, and others to create a first of its kind national standard.  The standard is designed to bring entire communities together to manage these incidents.  Participants will learn the process in which this was made, why it was made, and receive a general review of the content of this groundbreaking standard.

Paul Brooks is an EMS Program Manager with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office, Operational EMS Support Branch. He is currently leading DHS’ efforts to improve survivability in active shooter events through a more integrated response among first responders.  Mr. Brooks is also the program manager for the national Stop the Bleed campaign. Prior to joining federal service, Paul has worked as a firefighter/paramedic in both career and volunteer departments, and has practiced EMS in volunteer, commercial, and hospital-based EMS systems throughout the Northeast and Virginia. He was the first Deputy Commander of the Connecticut Disaster Medical Assistance Team (CT-1 DMAT), as well as the Lead Paramedic in the tactical medical support program for the Connecticut Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He serves in the United States Navy Reserve as a Senior Chief Petty Officer. Paul has a BA in Homeland Security and has been a paramedic since 1987.



Active Attacker Prevention and Response for Law Enforcement and First Responders - Dr. Tau Braun

Friday and Saturday 3 pm to 4:30 pm | High Plains Room 2/3

An integrated threat management approach is vital to the prevention of mass casualty attacks and threats of extreme violence. Mass Casualty Attacks, including active shooter events, attacks using explosives and incendiary devices, mass stabbings, slashings, acid attacks, group violence, and attacks on law enforcement and first responders, has substantially increased over the last decade. Despite being perceived by the public as unpredictable, random, and unpreventable violent attacks get noticed, reported and prevented daily through effective training and increased situational awareness. Understanding the root causes, including the neurobiology and behavioral psychology, of mass killers is crucial for all of those working to stop the next tragedy. Certain steps may substantially reduce the catastrophic impact of a violent incident and can stop a violent individual or violent group from successfully carrying out their plan.

Dr. Tau Braun is a thought leader and eminent speaker on Violence Prevention and Response. As a Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Braun focused on integrative psychology and wellness. Post 9/11, Dr. Braun began to narrow his research and practice to understanding the causes of violence, the prevention and response to violence, and crisis psychology. As a Violence Prevention Specialist and Threat Management professional, he now advises and trains educational institutions, healthcare facilities, corporations, and government organizations in Violence Prevention Strategies, including Threat Management; Mass Casualty Attack Prevention, Preparedness, and Response; Crisis Response; and Counterterrorism. Dr. Tau Braun’s epistemological, humanistic, systems-based approach offers a compassionate, scientific, optimistic, and mindful solution to complex issues. He makes a strong case to see violence as a public health issue, not a criminal-justice one, and to be proactive and adaptive in our response. He believes that it is the most ethical approach, and also the only option that is viable, sustainable, and in sync with a rapidly changing world.


Case study in Pre-Hospital Care  (use of a tourniquet) and Mindset (winning the fight) -  Joshua Comitale

Friday and Saturday 3 pm to 4:30 pm |  Texoma Rooms 1/2

The presentation focuses on an incident  Comitale was involved in on 8/22/2015.  He had entered into was involved in a foot pursuit where he witnessed the suspect produce a handgun. Comitale said, “He ambushed my partner in his patrol car. I immediately engaged him in a gunfight where he was struck but I was also struck in both legs. I utilized a tourniquet to stop the peroneal arterial bleed on my right leg and got back in the fight to end it.”

The presentation goes from the beginning of the shift, through the incident, where it breaks it down with CCTV footage, radio transmissions, the aftermath and the recovery.  

Joshua Comitale is  a ten-year veteran of the Troy, New York Police Department currently assigned to the Detective Bureau. He is a certified general topics, chemical agent and firearms instructor. He is also a departmental Medal of Honor and Purple Heart recipient, as well as the New York State Chiefs of Police Medal of Honor and the US Congressional Badge of Bravery.