Active Shooter Response

This course is offered in two delivery options:  a 4-hour “Awareness” training program and an 8-hour “Full Spectrum” event.  Depending on the training requirements and goals of the client organization, either training option provides deep insight into the appropriate response options the concerned citizen will use to save their life during this emergent threat.

Awareness courses are purely academic and are delivered in a classroom/lecture setting and include video footage from actual active shooter intervention incidents, along with incident analysis, and reviewing the evolving threat.  Your response options are dictated by the actions of the attacker and we provide you with the tools to prevail.

Full Spectrum courses start with the same Awareness class, then add 4 additional hours of basic trauma response techniques and procedures and culminate in situational training exercises that force the participants to problem solve simulated active shooter events.  Stress levels are raised and pain penalties can be introduced (“AirSoft,” or full-fledged UTM simulated training ammunition are employed, if requested) to add a level of realism unavailable to most people. This training is conducted under subject-matter experts who have direct experience and certifications to ensure you are safe at all times.

Depending on the intended audience, best practices for educational settings, hospitals, houses of worship and corporate spaces are tailored to suit the client.

All elements of this class and scope of work may be tailored to the suit the client organization’s needs, specific environment, capabilities and limitations.

Guest Instructors include local law enforcement patrol officers or SWAT team members, when available.  In addition, medical training and scenario training is enhanced with subject matter experts.

  • Basic trauma response medical training provided by experienced Tactical EMS, ER medical professionals or by military combat medics.
  • Scenario training events are conducted with current or former law enforcement trainers to replicate the active shooter experience as closely as possible.

Course Design

Conforms to Federal & Local Guidance

Adheres to Best Practices & Guidelines

All elements of this program of instruction conform to guidance established by the DOJ, FBI, DHS, NYPD, LASD, NTOA, ALERRT, ALICE, CoTCCC, and local LEA protocols

Course Specifics

4-Hour & 8-Hour Training Options

4-Hour ASR Awareness Training Outline

Active Shooter Event definition and the evolving threat: how attackers have become more cunning and deliberate. Knowing their methods means you are a better problem solver.

Pre-Incident Indicators: identifying the cues provides you with the opportunity to intervene, de-escalate and divert before tragedy happens.

Hesitation to alert: overcoming concerns about false concern to save lives

5 phases of an Active Shooter Event: knowing the planning cycle of these assailants lets you identify key actions and to alert authorities before the plan is complete and action taken.

Disaster Psychology: avoiding the common reliance on social proof to quickly move through denial & deliberation to decisively act.

Mindset: finding your single-mindedness to prevail against these killers.

Traditional "Lock Down" failures: how they failed, why they failed and why they should only be performed in extremely limited situations.

Response options: tools to take back the initiative and survive the encounter.

Internal & external communication plan: initial alerting and continuing contact with your peers and the authorities to provide the critical information they need.

Escape & evasion options and priorities: preparing for non-standard avenues of escape and retaking the initiative to evade and escape to safety.

Sheltering in place and hard pointing: when you must shelter in place, methods to pre-harden your position and improvise solutions with what's on hand.

Active counter measures & shooter intervention: when confronted with the muzzle of a gun or blade of a knife, the best way to counter-attack. (NOT hands-on training, unless special arrangements are made.)

Medical pre-planning & priorities of work: what & where to pre-position medical supplies and how to evaluate casualties, prioritize your response and keep people alive.

What to expect from first responders & how to interact with arriving law enforcement to ensure survival: linking up with responding law enforcement can be very dangerous; how not to become an unintended casualty in the process.

Improvised explosive device awareness: indicators, methods of employment, immediate actions upon suspected devices.

8-Hour Full Spectrum ASR Training Outline

The 8-hour training option builds on everything taught in the 4-hour class. After the foundation is laid in the Awareness class, we add hands-on medical training for trauma intervention and scenario training exercises that allows the student body to apply all techniques & procedures in their actual workplace or public environment. Stress will be introduced and the day culminates with problem solving a novel scenario that IS NOT declared in advance.

The medical training includes first aid kit content requirements, pre-placement of supplies, employing bandages, tourniquets, hemostatic agents, priorities of work, casualty assessment, care of others and self care.

Scenario training includes the use of simulated firearms or UTM paint-marking rounds depending on the client environment & preference.

Scenarios that cover exterior contact, interior contact, and in-room contact are introduced that reinforce the best practices previously introduced.

Trauma response medical training provided by Tactical EMS, Emergency Room professionals or by military combat medics with direct experience in these types of wounds.

All scenario training includes current or former law enforcement officers to replicate first responder actions and scenario experiences as much as possible.

Facility & Equipment Requirements

Conference room, or other lecture-appropriate setting, which provides electricity and restrooms provided by client or by Alliant Defense

Audio/Visual equipment provided by host or by Alliant Defense (projector, screen, speakers)

All medical training supplies provided by Alliant Defense

All simulated firearms, knives or paint-marking UTM gear and personal protective equipment provided by Alliant Defense

The client office space will be used for the scenario training exercises. If use during normal business hours is not feasible, after-hours access will need to be arranged by the client organization.

Required personal protective equipment will protect the face and neck of all participants. Training participants are welcome to wear additional items that they choose to wear, e.g. elbow pads, knee pads, gloves. While not necessary, participants are urged to utilize all items that make them conformable in the scenario-based training events.


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