Rescue Task Force (RTF): Train-the-Trainer

This 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” course and the five-hour, “Active Shooter Response Train-the-Trainer” course. This practical course provides trainers with multiple different tactical considerations to utilize when teaching the Rescue Task Force (RTF) concept. This course is not designed to teach each concept; however, this course is designed to familiarize instructors with a variety of different concepts that they can use when they create their RTF training course. 


This course is designed for four to eight hours in length. This course utilizes "round robin" training, rotating students through different training stations. Depending on the size and length of the course, there will be four to eight stations. Each station is 50-minutes in length, with 10 minutes at the end to hydrate and move to the next station. 

The skill stations each highlight different aspects of the RTF response. Student groups are limited to 10 students in each group. Each group is a mix of law enforcement, fire department, and EMS students. Regardless of the student's public safety discipline, they will rotate to each of the training stations. This provides the instructor candidates with a working knowledge of the other disciplines.


The following concepts are discussed in this course with different tactics, techniques, and procedures taught for each one:


  • RTF movement, including force protection consideration for hallways, t-intersections, stairwells, and more

  • Quick action drills when the RTF encounters hostile action

  • RTF movement with the fire captain as the RTF “quarterback”

  • RTF “just in time training” for fire companies to teach non-RTF trained LEOs on the RTF concept in 60 seconds or less

  • RTF movement and operations with potential/actual IEDs

  • RTF movement to contact outside to the crisis site (bounding/overwatch)

  • RTF movement using heavy vehicles as rolling cover

  • RTF open-air activities (e.g. Las Vegas operations)

  • Hasty vehicle extractions (backseat dumps, trunk dumps)

  • Victim lowers in stairwells using hasty rope rescue techniques

  • Use of ladders as a high anchor and brake for hasty victim lowers

  • Hasty victim lowers from windows

  • Defeating denial of entry tactics

  • Casualty collection point considerations

  • High-threat vehicle extrication techniques (extrication in the hot zone)

  • Implementing a tactical fire company (TFC) program (fire companies integrated with SWAT)


To download a PDF description of this training, please click hereIf you would like more information on booking this course, please email, or call 1-800-231-9106.


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