Active Shooter Response: The Rapid Treatment Model

The Firefighters Support Foundation (FSF) has released its newest free video program, Active Shooter Response: The Rapid Treatment Model. This 30-minute video program and accompanying 29-slide PowerPoint presentation compose an introduction to the third generation of active shooter response. Unlike previous approaches, the Rapid Treatment Model specifically integrates fire/EMS with the law enforcement response, and the focus is on getting aid to the wounded within the golden hour, even while law enforcement is still clearing the structure. It allows EMS personnel to work in a safe, secured zone simultaneously with law enforcement clearing, and it does not demand complicated cross-training between the agencies.

“This is probably the most important program that we’ve introduced,” says Ralph Mroz, FSF’s Executive Director. “The Rapid Treatment Model was developed and proven out by Sgt. Craig Allen of Hillsboro (OR) police department, and Engineer Jeff Gurske of Hillsboro’s fire department. They have spent thousands of hours of joint development and testing of the model.”

“This will be the standard response model within the next few years,” continues Mroz, “And we are extremely happy to be able to help spread the word about it.” Unlike the now standard model of response teams followed by rescue teams, or high-training approaches like TEMS or TCCC, the Rapid Response Model allows EMS and police agencies to focus on what they already do best, and not try to make, for example, firefighters or paramedics into tactical personnel nor police officers into medical treatment experts.

The conceptual foundation for the Rapid Response Model is that the shooter is usually dead or kills himself when law enforcement arrives on-scene. The main problem at most of these rapid mass murder scenes is getting aid to the wounded as fast as possible, without waiting for the “all clear,” while keeping EMS personnel safe. The Rapid Treatment Model borrows two easily implemented concepts from the military–the Forward Operating Base and the Casualty Collection Point- to accomplish this goal.

Download the PPT and video HERE.

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About the Firefighters Support Foundation

The Firefighters Support Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization dedicated to assisting firefighters and rescue personnel perform their jobs effectively and safely. We also set aside a portion of our funds to aid underfunded agencies and assist families of fallen firefighters.


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