SWAT & Tactical

Active Shooter Preparation: Lessons Learned

Jon Becker The recent active shooter events in Buffalo, NY, and Uvalde, TX, have once again driven many departments to question their own ability to effectively respond to an active shooter incident. As agencies are considering these capabilities, they frequently find themselves at a crossroads between choosing equipment and building a program. Attempting to select the proper equipment, as well as determining a fielding methodology for this equipment and gear, can lead to confusion and frustration. In some cases, this…

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The Tactical EMS School: Delivering Realistic Training for Tactical Medical Operators

 Todd Burke, Jim Weiss and Mickey Davis Having a solid medical component integrated into your tactical team is not just an option. According to the National Tactical Officers Association’s (NTOA’s) list of “best practices” in 2003, it is a standard. Sixteen years before the NTOA’s best practices were presented, the “Tactical EMS School” was created by four active police paramedics who recognized the need to deliver true medical support into the inner perimeter. The school offered a way to bring…