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2015 ALERRT Conference offers programs for fire, police, EMS

By Diana Hendricks
Office of Media Relations
November 2, 2015

The ALERRT Center at Texas State University is hosting its 2015 Active Shooter Conference November 1-4 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center in San Marcos.

The ALERRT Conference is the only national conference bridging the law enforcement, fire and EMS responses to active shooter events.  

The conference theme is “Police-Fire-EMS: Integrated Response for Active Shooter Events.” More than 1000 attendees are registered for the four-day conference. We have currently have registrants from 37 states, and the United Kingdom, Belgium, and Australia. The conference will feature keynote addresses, Rescue Task Force Training at the ALERRT training facility, as well as 23 breakout sessions and a professional vendor show on site at the Embassy Suites San Marcos Conference Center.  

This sixth annual conference will bring together the three disciplines (police, fire and EMS) to help build local, regional, state and national active shooter response preparedness.  The ALERRT Center has assembled leading instructors and presenters from across the nation who will be sharing debriefs, best practices and lessons learned from headline-grabbing national critical incidents.  

Integrated response best practices from small, medium and large agencies will be shared along with proven plans to create and establish integrated programs. Some of the topics for the 6th Annual ALERRT Active Shooter Conference include:

  • Debrief of the 2014 Marysville, Washington Pilchuck High School Active Shooter Incident
  • Debrief of the 2006 Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Amish School Shooting
  • Debrief of Active Shooter Response and Hospital Emergency Department Hostage Event
  • Incident Management of Active Shooter Events: Emerging Best Practices and the Active Shooter Incident Checklist
  • Tactical Research with Relevance: Saving Lives
  • Safety is Personal: Lessons Learned As A Survivor of the Virginia Tech Tragedy
  • Standard Reunification Method for Schools
  • Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) Train-the-Trainer
  • Debrief of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting
  • Debrief of the 2013 Arapahoe, Colorado High School Shooting
  • Conducting Large Scale Integrated Public Safety Active Shooter Exercises
  • First Care Provider Program Best Practices
  • Full Spectrum Active Shooter Preparedness -- Looking Beyond the Obvious

For the first year, ALERRT at Texas State will also partner with the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care to host the 2015 Fall/Winter Committee Meeting on Sunday from 2-7 p.m. in Veramendi Ballroom F.            

Since 2002, the ALERRT Center at Texas State has trained more than 70,000 law enforcement officers in 48 states plus Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia in the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) standard for active shooter response, primarily through federal and state funding. In 2013, the FBI named ALERRT their national standard for active shooter response, and partnered with us to help deliver this training across the nation.  Major metro agencies from New York P.D. to Honolulu P.D. have adopted the ALERRT standard and many states have made the ALERRT courses part of their standard academy curriculum.

The ALERRT conference is open to credentialed police, fire, EMS and military professionals.   Registration is $150 per person. For more information, visit alerrt.org.