Public Safety Active Violence Response Training

On Saturday, January 27th, 71 Cochise, Pima and Maricopa County public safety professionals conducted 8 hours of intense active violence response training. The purpose of the Public Safety Integration Operations Course is to deconstruct the nature of these evolving threats as well as offer awareness-level integrated point-of-wound care instruction specifically focused on dynamic active violence, all-hazards and/or explosive threats. Day 3’s activities were the culmination of 16 hours of didactic, practical skills and real-world scenarios’ based training, focusing on the practical application of the 3 phases of Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) and ensuring that all participants had the knowledge, skills and abilities to implement these lifesaving skills under stressful conditions.

Active violence events have resulted in numerous civilian casualties and captured the attention of the nation. These horrific and calculated acts have dramatically impacted countless individuals and communities by instilling fear that such events can unpredictably occur in urban, suburban, rural and metropolitan areas. Despite evolving threats, many public safety organizations throughout the country have yet to develop response paradigms to meet these challenges.

Local agencies to take part in ‘active violence incident’ training

BENSON — A contingent of first responders representing a consortium of agencies will descend on Benson High School on Saturday in a mock “active violence incident” scenario exercise.

The goal of the daylong preparedness drill is twofold: For the betterment of the public’s safety, while offering valuable response training on a myriad of levels for the complex collaboration necessary regarding incidents of extreme magnitude. That’s according to Mark Savage, Fry Fire District Chief in Sierra Vista, and one of the founding members of Integrated Community Solutions to Active Violence Events, or ICSAVE. Their mission is “To protect our communities from preventable injury and death through education, training and empowerment.”

Local authorities are among the partners in ICSAVE, which includes Benson Police, Cochise County Sheriff’s Office, Arizona Dept. of Public Safety, U.S. Border Patrol, along with Benson, Mescal/J6 and Pomerene fire departments, and many other agencies across the state, said Savage.

Benson Fire Department is hosting the upcoming session — team partners have undergone training sessions on the past two Wednesdays — with BPD offering collaboration.

“The goal of the training is to help them [agencies] get up to speed to be able to handle an active violence incident where it’s going to have a significant law enforcement and fire and EMS response,” said Savage, noting the training is to further allow each agency to perform in the roles they are accustomed to.

“…Saturday we’ll put it all together going through scenarios where law enforcement is working to provide security and fire and EMS working to provide patient care.”

Training sessions are invaluable, Savage acknowledged, particularly as active violence incidents continue to occur across the country.

“It’s vital in the climate that we’re living in these days,” he said. “The benefit to this training is it helps people in the various facets of public safety stay in their lane… it lets each of those partners stay within their skill set.” This allows law enforcement to task itself with security and safety, while fire and medics crews can tend to the wounded in the safest and most efficient way possible, he said.

“It basically pulls from their strength, on both ends of the spectrum, to benefit the public,” Savage said.

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This course is specifically targeted for law enforcement and fire / EMS organizations who want to proactively develop integrated response strategies to mitigate the impact a violent mass casualty incident can have on their community. This workshop is recognized by both the Arizona Center for Fire Service Excellence (AzCFSE) and Arizona Peace Officers Standards and Training (AZPOST) Committees.

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