APCO Active Shooter Incidents for Public Safety Communications, 2nd Ed. Course Available

Registration Open for Active Shooter course, July 24, 2018 or July 25, 2018

The office of the Alabama 9-1-1 Board is pleased to announce the sponsorship of an upcoming APCO one-day Active Shooter Incidents for Public Safety Communications, 2nd Ed. course.  The Alabama 9-1-1 Board is sponsoring the student registration fee ($199/student for non-members, $179/student for members).  The student's employing agency will be responsible for the student's travel, lodging, meals, and wage.

Date of each Course:  July 24, 2018 or July 25, 2018

Course Location:  Office of the Alabama 9-1-1 Board

                                1 Commerce Street, Suite 620

                                Montgomery, AL  36104

Registration is on a first come, first served basis.  To register, visit the following links:

Active Shooter Incidents for Public Safety Communications, 2nd Ed., Montgomery, AL, #50615, July 24, 2018

Active Shooter Incidents for Public Safety Communications, 2nd Ed., Montgomery, AL, #50617, July 25, 2018

About the course:  Active Shooter Incidents for Public Safety Communications, 2nd Ed.

Prerequisite(s):  Due to the nature of this topic it is highly recommended that students have successfully completed a 40 hour formal basic telecommunicator training program.

Description:  Active shooter incidents are high-risk, high-stakes events that, without warning, can cause devastating consequences in just a few brief moments. For all facets of public safety, including communications, there is a host of issues that make responding to an active shooter incident more difficult than many other armed subject calls. 

These types of incidents have been increasing in frequency. Shooters have a wider range of more powerful weapons available. The motivations behind these incidents continues to grow more complex. As with any other type of emergency situation, the telecommunicator plays a vital role in the response to active shooter incidents. 

Telecommunicators need to be aware of the unique challenges posed by active shooter incidents and be prepared to address them well in advance. This course looks at the role of the telecommunicator through all stages of an active shooter incident. 

This course is built on the experiences of front-line telecommunicators who have worked active shooter incidents. Upon their recommendation, the course is structured along the arc of events that happen before, during, and after an active shooter incident. The goal of the course is to educate telecommunicators about the intricate issues and challenges posed by active shooter incidents, including: preparedness for an incident, response to an incident, and the role the telecommunicator plays following an incident. 

Topics include:

  • Overview of incidents, perpetrators and targets
  • Phases of an active shooter incident
  • Getting and handling calls reporting an incident
  • Dispatch and on-going communications
  • Responder safety and secondary dangers
  • Handling calls from victims trapped in the incident
  • Telecommunicators’ role post-incident: rescue, and extraction
  • Recovery from an incident: Impact and stress, ongoing issues

If you have any additional questions, contact Dana Grubbs, Program Coordinator for the Alabama 9-1-1 Board, at dana[at]al911board[dot]com or (334) 440-7911.