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Fire Rescue 1 Offers Free Active Shooter Response Training

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By Allison G. S. Knox
Contributor, EDM Digest

Active shooter incidents are, unfortunately, among the types of emergencies belonging to a new wave of terrorism that communities throughout the United States are preparing to manage. These incidents are significant because they have forced emergency managers, public safety personnel, security experts and elected officials to rethink how they can manage such crises.

In the last two decades, there have been quite a few active shooter events. As more and more of these incidents occur and more after-action reports are published, there will be new ways to handle active shooter incidents.

Active Shooter Response Training Is Expensive

While after-action reports present new perspectives for managing active shooter incidents, training sessions go a long way in helping emergency managers and public safety personnel to rethink their plans and protocols for managing such incidents. However, training can be particularly expensive for any department or agency, potentially creating roadblocks to better management of active shooter incidents.

For some of the smallest communities, training can be especially difficult to afford. That cost is one of the many reasons why training programs like the one offered by Fire Rescue 1 is such an important resource for public safety departments across the country.

Fire Rescue 1 Offering Free Active Shooter Response Training

Fire Rescue 1 recently published an article that discussed free active shooter response training. Training is always important because it helps to give municipalities new methods of handling a wide variety of incidents. Also, this specialized training gives communities an opportunity to see emergency management in a new light and provides more clarity on how these active shooter incidents could be managed in the future.

Security Concerns of Active Shooter Response Training

While active shooter training sessions are important for furthering discussions about emergency responses, there are security concerns as well. Training information should not get into the wrong hands, so it is important that regular screening methods for program participants take place.

Productive discussions must continue when it comes to active shooter situations or any other type of mass casualty incident. Active shooter training sessions are a valuable way to plan crisis management prior to mass casualty events.

Allison G. S. Knox Passionate about the issues affecting ambulances and disaster management, Allison focuses on Emergency Management and Emergency Medical Services policy. Allison has taught at the undergraduate level since 2010. Prior to teaching, she worked in a level-one trauma center emergency department and for a member of Congress in Washington, D.C. She holds four master’s degrees in Emergency Management, National Security Studies, International Relations, and History; a Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security; and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Allison is an Emergency Medical Technician, Lifeguard, and Lifeguard Instructor, and is trained in Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue. She serves on the Board of Trustees for Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society as Chancellor of the Southeast Region, Vice Chair of the Tactical Emergency Medical Support Committee with the International Public Safety Association, and serves as the Advocacy Coordinator of Virginia with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians. She is also a member of several committees including the Editorial Committee with APCO, the Rescue Task Force Committee with the International Public Safety Association, and the Advocacy Committee with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians. She also serves as Chair of the Leadership Development Program for the 2020 Pi Gamma Mu Triennial Convention. Allison has published several book reviews and continues to write about issues affecting ambulances, emergency management, and homeland security.