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Rescue Task Force Train-the-Trainer


***Note, this course is for agencies and not open for individual enrollment.***

Many public safety agencies are currently examining methods by which to implement an integrated active shooter response model. This training is based on 50,000 hours of research, 100 large-scale active shooter exercises, and response to multiple active shooter events. This course material has been used by multiple agencies as a basis by which individual agency training is developed. In addition, the creators of this course have also assisted multiple federal agencies with creation of similar active shooter training courses. Numerous local, state, and federal agencies have hosted this course to teach public safety trainers about the RTF concept. This course is the current gold standard for rescue task force training for the Department of Defense.

This eight-hour practical course is designed for law enforcement, fire, or EMS instructors who will provide rescue task force (RTF) practical training for their departments. This course is provided in conjunction with the eight-hour “Joint Public Safety Response to the Active Shooter/Active Assailant” course. Upon completion, the host agency will receive a 400-slide instructor PowerPoint for integrated active shooter response. In addition, the host agency will receive the same PowerPoint as a voiceover, with Dr. Clumpner explaining each slide.


The presentation covers a variety of topics related to active assailant response. Included in this presentation are the following topics: (1) overview of a need for a new active shooter response model, (2) active shooter definitions, (3) active shooter event history, (4) types of active shooter events, (5) asymmetric attack tactics, (6) peer recommendations for active shooter response, (7) law enforcement active shooter considerations, (8) fire department response considerations, (9) tactical medical care, (10) equipment needed, (11) rescue task force operations, (12) unified command considerations; and (13) 9-1-1 communication considerations. In addition, we strongly recommend the purchase of the 350-slide Tactical Emergency Casualty Care train-the-trainer presentation and voice-over.

Upon completion of the lecture, the host agency will receive the PowerPoint presentation. Threat Suppression will also provide the host agency with two CDs that contain 4GB of material, including 2,000 active shooter studies, articles, presentations, videos, and active shooter audio. The host agency will receive an educational site license to use the PowerPoint with accompanying training materials. Additional agencies can purchase the training material for a fee.

Please note that participants of this train-the-trainer course are required to attend the eight-hour, Joint Public Safety Response to the Active Shooter/Active Assailant course prior to taking this course. That course teaches the application of the practical concepts taught in this course. Without attending that course first, participants will slow down the training as the instructor has to provide both the application (“when”) of the tactic/technique and the practical knowledge (‘how”) to perform the tactic/technique.

This course provides instructor candidates with tactics, techniques, and procedures that they can use when teaching RTF courses. It is recommended that students bring cameras to photograph and film different procedures taught in the course. Upon completion of the instructor course and viewing the instructor PowerPoint, attendees will have enough material to conduct a 40-hour RTF training course.

This course is designed with “round robin” training groups that each student will complete. In each group, the course instructors will demonstrate different training techniques for law enforcement, fire, and EMS response. Regardless of the student’s public safety background, each student will attend the multi-discipline training evolutions. Each training group is 1 hour and 45 minutes long. This allows for a 15-minute break and time to rotate after each group. Two of the four skill stations will be outdoors.

Note that students must be recognized and experienced instructors with their agency to attend this course. Because of the short length of the course, we do not have time to cover adult learning concepts. In addition, we do not have time to conduct teach-back sessions. This course will provide the students with numerous teaching concepts for integrated active shooter integrated response. Students are encouraged to photograph or video the concepts taught in this course.

Depending on the length and number of students in the course, the following concepts may be discussed with different tactics, techniques, and procedures taught:

  • Review of basic building entry and room clearing techniques

  • RTF force protection consideration for hallways, T-intersections, stairwells, and more

  • Use of K-9s with the RTF to identify victim locations

  • Quick action drills when the RTF encounters hostile action

  • RTF movement to contact outside to the crisis site

  • RTF movement to contact using armored vehicles or fire trucks

  • Civilian extraction from the crisis site using fire trucks

  • Spontaneous RTFs and incident command established RTFs

  • RTF response to fire-as-a-weapon event

  • Law enforcement direct-to-threat response in low visibility of no visibility environments

  • RTF response in low visibility or no visibility environments with victim rescues

  • RTF movement and operations with potential/actual IEDs

  • Contact team movement from outside to the crisis site

  • RTF downed officer or downed RTF member rescues

  • Tubular assaults and MCI management on buses

  • Defeating denial of entry tactics, including tactical door breaching

  • Casualty collection point considerations

This course is compliant with Department of the Air Force AFI 32-2001 for mandatory RTF planning and response training.​ To download a PDF description of this training, please click the course PDF below. If you would like more information on booking this course, please email, or call 1-800-231-9106.


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