The LCG Tactical Active Shooter Integrated Response course teaches the principles of an integrated response by law enforcement/Fire/EMS personnel to an active shooter or other mass casualty incident. The course assists agencies in development of effective joint protocols, training, and responses designed to increase survivability for victims of mass casualty attacks. The course utilizes the Rescue Task Force model to accomplish interoperability and improve victim survival outcomes by reducing the interval between wounding and effective medical intervention.
Current law enforcement doctrine calls for first responding officers to aggressively locate and eliminate the threat(s). Typically however, Fire/EMS crews remain staged in a safe location until the time consuming process of clearing and securing the scene has been completed. Many deaths have been attributed to the delay in victims receiving medical care at the point of wounding.
The Rescue Task Force is the combined element that fills this point of wounding gap. Once law enforcement first responders have eliminated or displaced the threat, RTFs deploy into the "warm zone" to provide rapid on-scene medical intervention using Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) protocols developed during US military combat operations of the last 15 years.
RTFs are comprised of 2-3 TECC trained and equipped Fire/EMS members, wearing body armor and ballistic helmets, protected by 2-3 trained law enforcement officers. Medical intervention is then followed by rapid extraction and transport to definitive care.
Critical communication and logistics/scene management issues are heavily emphasized during the course.
The RTF concept is quickly becoming a national best practice in responding to active gunman/intentional mass casualty incidents. It has been endorsed by leading law enforcement, fire service, and emergency medicine professional organizations as well as FEMA, DHS, and the FBI.
This 4-8 hour course consists of both classroom and hands on training. Law enforcement, fire, and EMS personnel train together to ensure effective communication, protocols, and response capabilities.