Two New Training Programs on Active Shooter Response

The Firefighters Support Foundation‘s (FSF) two newest training programs are now available. Active Shooter: Rapid Response and Treatment Model, Operational Detail is a follow-on to last year’s introductory Active Shooter Response: The Rapid Response & Treatment Model. Developed and de-bugged in several large-scale simulations, this Hillsboro (OR) developed response model is the only practical model to address the main concern at most active shooter events: getting the wounded to definitive care as soon as possible.

The R2TM model does not require large outlays of money for new equipment, and does not entail any significant training in extra skills or cross-training for either police, fire, or EMS. We thoroughly believe that the R2TM model will be the standard active shooter response model nation-wide in a few years.

The conceptual foundation for the R2TM 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 R2TM borrows two easily implemented concepts from the military–the Forward Operating Base and the Casualty Collection Point–to accomplish this goal.

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The program is presented by R2TM model developers, Sergeant Craig Allen of the Hillsboro Police Department and Engineer Jeff Gurske of the Hillsboro Fire Department. It consists of a 60-minute video presentation and an accompanying 26-slide PowerPoint. Viewers should watch the earlier introductory program first to get the most out of this one.

Topics drilled down on include: the data-driven goals of fire and law enforcement, tactics for working in the “fog of war”, the response timeline, law enforcement response priorities, the casualty collection point, and much more.

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Rapid Response and Treatment Model – the 10 Top Questions is a 30-minute/26-slide presentation answering the top 10 questions that Sergeant Allan and Engineer Gurske get during the many calls they field every week. Questions answered include:

  • Does law enforcement triage patients?
  • Hoe do law enforcement and fire/EMS work in the casualty collection point?
  • Where does R2TM fit into ICS?
  • What additional resources does R2TM require?
  • How about small agencies?
  • And more

The programs are free to all members of public safety and emergency management agencies. Simply watch in the viewers above or download your copies below.

Active Shooter: Rapid Response and Treatment Model, Operational DetailL PowerPoint / Video (MPEG)

Rapid Response and Treatment Model – the 10 Top Questions: PowerPoint | Video (MPEG)

Send comments and feedback about these training programs to Please note: some Windows users may experience problems when downloading compressed files. If you have trouble downloading any of the programs, e-mail

About the Firefighters Support Foundation

The Firefighters Support Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization dedicated to assisting firefighters, emergency management, EMS, and Search & Rescue personnel perform their jobs effectively and safely. They also set aside a portion of their funds to aid underfunded agencies and assist families of fallen firefighters.

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