Morning Session:
Capt. Mark Kittelson, Lt. Brandon Clarkson, Dr. Michael Allswede

1 October 360: Route 91 Las Vegas


The October 1 Las Vegas Mass Casualty Incident is a review of the largest mass shooting event in history.  The speakers will discuss the event from the perspectives of the Route 99 Harvest Festival attendees, law enforcement response, incident management, and medical perspectives.  


The presentation includes new research on event velocity and crisis standards of care. This combined presentation will cover three key perspectives on the response and management of the attack October 1st, 2017.  You’ll hear how law enforcement and fire/EMS worked closely together to manage the massive MCI on scene.  Prior training, relationship-building and integrated command were key in allowing personnel to create solutions to unique problems they faced.  


You’ll then hear how one hospital’s surge capacity was overwhelmed by the velocity of the event and the lessons learned that apply to medical facilities around the country.


Captain Mark Kittelson has been a member of the Clark County Fire Department (CCFD) in Las Vegas, Nevada, for the past 23 years.  His training and experience have included: Heavy Rescue Technician, CCFD Training Division and Nevada Task Force One Search Team Manager with deployments to Hurricane Katrina and Rita. In 2012, Capt. Kittelson was given a one-year assignment to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) as a liaison to the Southern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center and the Multi Assault Counter Terrorism Action Capabilities (MACTAC) Cadre. In 2016, he completed a second assignment with the LVMPD where he worked closely with the MACTAC Cadre to improve Southern Nevada’s public safety response capabilities. The focus of these improvements was on interoperability while at hostile events. Capt. Kittelson is currently assigned to the Route 91 Task Force. This task force is responsible for the Route 91 After Action Report which is being jointly created by the CCFD, LVMPD and FEMA.


Lieutenant Branden Clarkson has been a member of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for the past 13 years. His experience includes Supervisor of the Field Training Program, Detective Sergeant of the Gang Crimes Bureau, Sergeant of the Office of Community Engagement (OCE)which he helped create, Sergeant of the Multi Assault Counter Terrorism Action Capabilities (MACTAC) Section, Watch Commander, and his most recent assignment as Lieutenant in K-9.   The groundwork laid by Lt. Clarkson helped LVMPD’s OCE be recognized by both law enforcement and the media as a refreshing approach to dealing with some of the most controversial community issues. While assigned to the Organizational Development Bureau Multi Assault Counter Terrorism Action Capabilities Section , Lt. Clarkson coordinated training with first responder agencies of the Las Vegas Valley. That training was essential in the law enforcement response to the 1 October shooting at the Route 91 concert.


Michael Allswede DO is currently the Emergency Medicine Program Director at the Sunrise GME Consortium in Las Vegas Nevada.  Dr. Allswede was a responder to the October 1 event and is the author of several studies as well as a consensus statement proposal, currently under consideration by the DHHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response.  He received his medical degree from Des Moines University, internship at Detroit Osteopathic Hospital, residency at Midwestern University in Chicago, and critical care fellowship at Cook County Hospital in Chicago.  He is a US Army veteran, serving in Desert Storm.  He is a co-author of the INTERPOL Bioterrorism Incident Prepardness and Management Guide, and has served as a tactical physician on a number of tactical teams.

Afternoon Session:

Chief Walter Braun, Asst. Chief Gary Forward, Capt. Josh Schirard, Capt. Kevin Nichols

Commanding in Chaos:

A Debrief of the Santa Fe High School Shooting

On May 18th, 2018 gunshots erupted from inside of a high school in Santa Fe, Texas when a student opened fire on his classmates, teachers and police, ultimately killing 10 and injuring 13 more.  The hours following would bring the response of almost 1000 emergency personnel from agencies over 100 miles away.  This debrief will discuss the lessons learned from the initial responders and commanders on the ground as they managed the chaos, both during and then after an active attack.


Chief Walter Braun is a 33-year veteran of Texas law enforcement. He has been the Chief of Police for the Santa Fe ISD Police Department since 2008. Chief Braun previously retired from the City of Galveston Police Department with the rank of Captain. Chief Braun holds a Master of Science Degree in Strategic Leadership, and is a graduate of the 223rd Session of the FBI National Academy, as well as the Leadership Command College #58, of the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas.


Assistant Chief Gary Forward retired after over 25 years with the City of Saratoga Springs, NY Police Department as Detective Lieutenant/Division Commander of Detective Division.  Assistant Chief Forward has worked at the Santa Fe ISD PD in Santa Fe, Texas since 2010.


Captain Josh Schirard has worked for the Galveston, Texas Police Department since  2005, where he has worked assignments in patrol, as an FTO, patrol supervisor and now Operations Bureau Commander.   Captain Schirard has been a member of the Galveston SWAT team since 2006, and currently serves as the team’s Commander. Josh is an adjunct instructor for the ALERRT program.  Josh attended college at Texas Tech University earning a Bachelor of Arts in Communications.  


Captain Kevin Nichols joined the Pearland Police Department in 1993, working as a dispatcher.  Kevin served 21 years in the patrol division before being assigned as the commander of the Support Services Division.  Captain Nichols is also the assistant commander of the Combined Agency Response Team, a regional tactical team consisting of officers from the Alvin, League City and Pearland Police Departments.  He has served multiple roles on the team in his 19 years of membership on it.  Kevin is also a senior  adjunct instructor for ALERRT at Texas State, as well as the National Center for Biomedical Research and Training (NCBRT) at Louisiana State University.  He holds a Bachelors of Applies Arts and Sciences (BAAS) from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX and is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville.