First Responder Resources

These resources offer first responders a centralized hub for best practices in active shooter incidents.

First Responder Guide for Improving Survivability in IED and Active Shooter Incidents (DHS)   This guide gives emergency responders a better understanding on how traditional practices may need to be realigned and enhanced. The emphasis is on early hemorrhage control and more integrated responses.

Active Shooter Threat Training Program (DHS)  This four-day course helps to prepare students for an active threat event through hands-on training, dynamic interactive drills, and scenario-based training. Subjects covered include individual and team movement, as well as operational formation.

Law Enforcement First Responder Training Program (DHS)   This program provides best practices applicable to law enforcement officers as first responders at the state and local levels. This three-day course provides training, guidelines and resources to address a coordinated and effective incident response.

Fire/EMS Operational Considerations and Guide for Active Shooter and Mass Casualty Incidents (FEMA)   This resource can be used to plan and prepare for active shooter and mass casualty incidents. This guide discusses on-site operational principles, on-scene interagency best practices, en-route to scene operational practices and demobilization.

E912: Preparing Communities for a Complex Coordinated Attack (FEMA)   This FEMA-sponsored course improves the ability of local jurisdictions to prepare for, protect against, and respond to complex coordinated attacks.

Improving Active Shooter/Hostile Response, Integrating LE, Fire, and EMS (Interagency Board)   This site provides best practices and recommendations for integrating law enforcement, fire and EMS on-scene.

Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (NAEMT)   This program is based on the principals of Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) and meets the guidelines established by the Committee of Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (Co-TECC). The Course teaches civilian tactical EMS.

Law Enforcement Active Shooter Emergency Response PER-275 (NCBRT)   The classroom course addresses technical aspects of planning and implementing a rapid law enforcement deployment to an active shooter incident.

ALERRT Course Catalog: Level I (ALERRT)   This course prepares the first responder to isolate, distract and neutralize an active shooter. Topics include weapon manipulation, threshold evaluation, concepts and principles of team movement, room entry techniques, breaching the crisis site, follow-on responder tactics, and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

First responder tactics against violent individuals (Fire Rescue 1)   The first responder tactics webpage, courtesy of Fire Rescue 1, offers emergency personnel quick-reference tips for coping with violent people. The webpage offers videos such as "Defending yourself if knocked to the ground," "Disarming a concealed carry patient" and "How mental preparation can save your life."