2021 SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

General Sessions

Fire as a Weapon and Integrated response. A review of the January 19, 2020 Hibiscus Drive shooting, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Presented by Thomas "Sonny" Santos and Craig Uchimura

A review of the Integrated Response protocols, incident management and what was learned when fire is a used as a weapon.

From Sandy Hook to COVID - 19. Lessons Learned in Crisis

Presented by Carly Posey

Carly offers her heartbreaking story of what happened inside Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. She shares what went wrong and right on that day, as well as the days and years that followed. Carly also sheds light on how a community can be proactive and prepared for the unthinkable. She gives real solutions on school safety, reunification and recovery in the aftermath of a crisis situation, and shares her journey through the unthinkable, with a focus on relationships and positive outcomes. With the current COVID-19 crisis, Carly and the I Love U Guys Foundation team has dedicated significant time and resources to looking towards the process for reunification of students and staff into the school buildings and how to recover from this crisis. In her presentation, Carly shares steps on ways to reassemble the school community, secure trust and feelings of safety among students and families, and collaborate as a community as the fluid COVID-19 situation continues to shift. She has spoken to thousands of community members and is honored to have a part in improving school safety and reunification.

Breakout Sessions

Pre-staged Rescue Task Force for High Profile and High Risk Events

Presented by Damian McKeon and Russ Howard

Discussion of Pre-staged RTF's and their successful employment in Austin Texas over the last 4 years.

Emergency Management Role On Campus for Active Shooter Preparedness and Response

Presented by Andy Altizer

Since the Virginia Tech tragedy, nearly every university has someone dedicated to the emergency management role on campus. Larger universities may even have a staff of several members dedicated to emergency preparedness and management. But, what is their role in active shooter preparedness and response, especially since this role is often held by civilian public safety members? Emergency Managers on university campuses focus on an all-hazard approach based on threat and risk within the four phases of emergency management: Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery. Emergency Managers ensure there is a coordinate active shooter response through training, exercises and collaboration with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders. Emergency Managers build resource capacity, submit grant applications and perform a variety of duties to enhance the active shooter response.

ALERRT Research

Presented by Hunter Martaindale and Steve Owen

This year’s ALERRT Research presentation will feature two speakers. Dr. Owen will lead off with his recent research regarding incident command during active violence events. Drawing upon interviews with persons who have served in command roles during active violence events, this presentation will highlight findings related to "best practices" and "lessons learned" in preparing for, establishing, and implementing incident command.  A series of "maxims for active violence incident command" will be presented, drawn primarily from the experiences of those who have overseen responses, including the roles of law enforcement, the fire service, emergency medical providers, and hospitals.

Dr. Martaindale will then present findings from recent ALERRT studies comparing stress response experienced in a realistic active shooter scenario and a virtual reality replication. Additionally, the presentation will describe multiple first responder surveys administered over the last year and give an in-depth presentation on the most current active attack data.

A Day in August

Presented by Jeff Walters

Chief Jeff Walters of the Philippi Police Department will take the audience through a de-brief with body cam footage, of a barricade hostage event that occurred at Philip Barbour High School, where a freshman took 28 of his classmates and a teacher hostage at gunpoint. Chief Walters will be talking about how ALERRT tactics were a major factor in having a successful outcome, and the importance of training the ALERRT tactics. Chief Walters who is the Chief of a small department will also talk about how ALERRT tactics helped overcome the lack of resources sometimes not available to smaller agencies.

Evolving use of Blood Products in the Pre-Hospital Environment

Presented by Eric Bank

Discuss the current state of blood products use in EMS, the increasing use, access to evolving products and incorporating blood products into mass events.

Operation Black Swan - The Unthinkable in a Hospital – The Design and Execution of the Largest Healthcare Active Shooter Exercise to be Held on Long Island

Presented by Danton Kerz and Kevin Reilly

Operation Black Swan was the result of a massive collaboration of Law Enforcement, Fire & EMS, Hospital, and Emergency Management Agencies working together to successfully execute a regional exercise. 101 participating agencies. 7 exercise locations. 80 live patient actors transported. 4 hospitals. A year and a half of planning. Operation Black Swan was a Full-Scale, Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP) Compliant Exercise based on the scenario of an active shooter in a medical center. Sixteen agencies represented on the exercise design team spent almost eighteen months planning Operation Black Swan, from the initial meeting to the Full-Scale Exercise. Over the course of those eighteen months, the design team conducted multiple inter-disciplinary training sessions on a variety of Incident Command, MCI, Active Shooter topics, as well as conducting smaller exercises to prepare the agencies involved. One hundred and one agencies responded from across the region to stop the threat, to triage, treat, and transport the patient actors to participating area hospitals, and to work with hospital administration and other key stakeholder agencies coordinating the impact to Medical Center operations. Highlighting the importance of partnerships, collaboration, and best practices, this presentation will bring the audience behind the scenes, through the design and conduct of Operation Black Swan - The Unthinkable in a Hospital - The Design and Execution of the Largest Healthcare Active Shooter Exercise to be Held on Long Island, covering the planning challenges, exercise logistics, and lessons learned.

Community Approach to Prevention, Response, and Resiliency to Acts of Mass Violence

Presented by James Sellers and Kevin Burd

Session will focus on ways the Comal County Active Threat Committee has created a unique regional approach to dealing with active threats .Attendee should expect a presentation that demonstrates a unified approach to identifying, responding to and recovering from an act of mass violence. Presentation will include how this approach was idealized, realized and practiced in Comal County and how that approach is being used in other regions of Texas.

Integrating Dispatchers into Active Attack Response

Presented by Wayne Freeman

This session will provide an overview for telecommunications personnel, fire, EMS, and law enforcement officers to guide them through the process of training and including dispatch personnel in all phases of active attack response and recovery.

Non-Violent Police Intervention: De-escalation and control through Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Presented by Jacob King and Ray Figueroa

The demand on law enforcement to be more versatile has never been higher. We recognize that the measures taken in our profession for gaining compliance are under extremely high scrutiny from the public, and more is expected out of our uniform patrol officers and tactical units than ever before We recognized years ago that the public tends to negatively perceive officers punching or kicking to gain compliance. However, most agencies have not given their officers the tools to be successful. An alternative is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, known as the “gentle art” of very effective control tactics. This program first started with our SWAT officers attending and today our entire department has had massive success with this program. Over 70 percent of the department has opted to be trained in these methods voluntarily. In addition, we have 2 years of data proving the program’s effectiveness, reduction of injuries, and workers compensation savings. Please attend our seminar not only learn how to implement and fund this kind of training, but also how to ensure POST credit will be earned for your officers. In addition, Jiu Jitsu has reduced the number of injuries to officers and suspects alike. We will be showing real success videos from our department and conducting demonstrations!

“Wounding Patterns at Hostile Mass Casualty Events and Medical Best Practices”

Presented by Mike Clumpner

Active shooter / hostile events (ASHEs) are significantly increasing in the United States. These events typically target civilians and result in large numbers of dead and injured. ASHEs include active shooter events, vehicle-as-a-weapon events, mass stabbing events, explosives, fire-as-aweapon, and more. The research shows that the wounding patterns in these events are different in non-mass casualty events, even when similar weapons are used. Much of the wounding pattern data published on hostile mass-casualty events focuses on combat research. However, recently published data indicates a significant difference in the wounding patterns when civilians are the target. In this presentation, the speaker will look at the difference in wounding patterns for hostile mass casualty events when compared to the same weapon used in a non-mass casualty event. This presentation examines research conducted nationally and internationally, with data captured from significant hostile mass-casualty events. Some of the information in this presentation is from firsthand accounts from ASHE responders and has not been previously released.

After "It" Happens: Critical Incident Recovery of Active Shooter and Mass Casualty Events

Presented by Eric DiLorenzo

Coined as the “second disaster”, the lack of critical incident recovery strategies and planning has far reaching implications. These include increased liability to the agency, losing trust of the community, increased stress and trauma to employees, disruption of services, and a potential workforce reduction within the Law Enforcement Agency. Understanding how to recover from these incidents is paramount to the future success of the organization. Students will receive tools, plans and solutions to mitigate these negative effects.

The Architectural Design Process and Security Personnel

Presented by Benjamin Crum

Understanding the Architectural Design Process and why YOU need to be involved. Architects seem to speak a different language and designing a school is a long, arduous endeavor. Learn the different phases of the architectural design process - from selecting your architect through project completion. Understand how and why security personnel MUST be involved in your design every step of the way. When security is treated as an afterthought, it becomes expensive to incorporate and ultimately concessions must be made - creating a disjointed and potentially unsafe building. Identify what decisions you need to make from project conception and create a strategy to achieve a cohesive design that finishes on budget.

A Proactive Approach to Emergency Action Planning for Schools and Colleges

Presented by Alan Miller

This proactive approach to developing Comprehensive Emergency Action Plans collaboratively, with School Districts, Community Stakeholders, Law Enforcement, and other Government Agencies is designed for all types and sizes of Schools and Colleges. Participants will learn how to establish a team of subject matter experts, conduct their own intelligence and vulnerability research and aid in the design of their Emergency Action Responsibilities to create their own unique Emergency Action Plan. In this course, participants will perform essential drills related to Emergency reenactments, such as Active Shooters, Medical Emergency, Natural Disaster, and Area Violence. It is critical the Emergency Action Plans are easily interpreted and executed, yet still provide maximum efficiency. The course instructor is a thirty-year veteran Educator, nine-year Sheriff Deputy Reserve, and frequent participant at the Columbine Symposium.

How Tactical Medical Programs can Benefit Entire Police Departments and Community Relations

Presented by Jason Mitchell and Michael Turner

In this session, we will illustrate the value in departments establishing and supporting tactical medical operations. Discussions will include the primary benefits of such a team, such as improved officer safety, improved morale, reductions of work-related injuries, and the operational value, as well as secondary benefits, including improved community relations and fiscal leverage for a department. The session will also review barriers in the implementation of a TACMED team and strategies for overcoming these barriers, as well as how liabilities can be managed and reduced.

So I Was Resilient......Now What???

Presented by Bridgett Enloe

In this session, survival mode, resiliency, and recovery will be discussed. How the benefit of in-person classes provide attendees an environment to discuss incidents, ask questions, and share their own incidents and foster peer to peer support in a natural setting. Discussion will include the butterfly effect theory and how sharing your incident may help another process or move forward in the healing process. Discussion will also include how healing doesn’t mean forgetting, lessening the intensity of triggers to your incident especially at anniversary times, when it’s okay to not be okay, and giving yourself permission to heal. Battle buddies need not share the same latitude and longitude to be effective.

Improving Resilience for Active Threat Response

Presented by Matt McDowell

“We do not rise to the level of our expectations; we fall to the level of our training.” This becomes evident when we review how aggressors, civilians and responders react under life-threatening stress. Do you train yourself to react effectively in extremely stressful events? This course uses personal experience, case studies and conversation to identify ways of improving and conditioning our automatic stress response. These knowledge, skills and abilities can then be adapted to the unit and organizational levels to improve resilience to active threat events.

One is the Warrior! Leadership in Crisis.

Presented by Matt McDowell

There is a famous quote from Heraclitus that says out of 100 people, nine are the fighters but one is the warrior “and he will bring the other [99] back.” We should at least work to be a “fighter” when disaster strikes. We can accomplish this through situational awareness, a winning mindset and a constant pursuit of improved resilience. The question is how do we become “the One”? This presentation examines the traits of people who notably perform(ed) well in high stress situations, then looks at how these traits can be adapted and adopted by any layperson to improve leadership in high stress environments.

Grant Support Opportunities for Local Jurisdictions Adopting ALERRT Training

Presented by Joel Lofton

This session will focus on proven avenues of grant funding to support ALERRT Equipment and training for jurisdictions adopting ALERRT Training/Curricula. Designed to provide complementary services to those of the ALERRT Center, this session will focus on how agencies can establish a training program and continue self-sustained training once the ALERRT Center has certified instructors within such agencies. Though the ALERRT Center provides the curriculum and updates, this session will focus on providing funds for equipment and expendables that eventually will be required.