Community Self-Defense, Firearms & Other Vital Training Programs

ICSAVE belongs to you! Our organization was founded on the core belief that every citizen, when provided with appropriate knowledge, skills, and abilities, can protect his or her communities from preventable injury and death. Don’t see what you are looking for below? Our community self-defense training programs can be custom tailored to fit your unique individual or organization’s needs.

ICSAVE has an entire cadre of certified instructors trained to provide these life-saving courses for little to NO COST. Contact us direct at for details.

ICSAVE-Ultima Krav Maga Community Self Defense Partnership

ICSAVE is proud to partner with one of the premier self-defense organizations in Arizona!

Ultima Krav Maga was the first certified and licensed studio in Southern Arizona. Indeed, all black belts in Arizona under the United States Krav Maga Association (USKMA), started at Ultima. Celia and her dedicated team of certified instructors share our core belief that every citizen, when provided with appropriate knowledge, skills, and abilities, can protect his or her communities from preventable injury and death. Their enduring mission is to empower all people to stand up for themselves, and teach others how to protect themselves and their loved ones. In the words of Krav Maga Founder Imi Lichtenfeld, this is done “so that one may walk in peace.”

Celia and her team offer a variety of individual or group self-defense, fitness and tactical gun programs. Mention that you heard about Ultima Krav Maga from ICSAVE and you will receive a FREE 3 DAY PASS! For further information about this or any other life-saving courses, please contact Celia at or us direct at

ICSAVE-Arizona Church Security Network Community Training Partnership

Arizona Church Security Network, LLC

The Arizona Church Security Network serves the churches of Arizona by providing training resources, threat information, security news, and opportunities to network, among church security teams.

And we prayed to our God and set a guard as a protection against them day and night.
Nehemiah 4:9

All events are offered at no cost unless otherwise stated. We are a ministry and appreciate donations which enable us to continue to offer high quality training to the churches and schools of Arizona. If you would like to schedule a private event for your church, school or faith-based organization please call 520-370-7307 or email

Congregational Training-

I LIVED Civilian Response to
Mass Casualty Incidents
(6 Hours)

Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing:
Protecting Our Children
(2-8 Hours)

Stop-the Bleed
(2 Hours)

Verbal De-Escalation and
Personal Protection
(3 Hours)

Biblical Basis for Church
Safety and Security
(2 Hours)

Situational Awareness and
Personal Protection
(3 Hours)

Safety & Security Team Basic Training-

AZ Unarmed Security Guard
(8 Hours)

Survival Stress
(4 Hours)

Defensive Tactics
(24 hours)

(3 Hours)

Crisis Intervention
(4 Hours)

Survival Mindset
(4 Hours)

Arizona Concealed Weapons
(3 Hours)

Basic Defensive Pistol
(8 Hours)

Scenario Based Training
(8 Hours)

Safety and Security Team Advanced Training-

Arizona Armed Security
Guard Course
(16 Hours)

Survival Stress
(4 Hours)

Team Tactics
(8 Hours)

Arizona Armed Security
Guard Course
(16 Hours)

Survival Stress
(4 Hours)

Team Tactics
(8 Hours)

Airsoft Scenario Based
(8 Hours)

Ultimate Training Munitions
Scenario Based Training
(8 Hours)

Security & Medical Team
(8 Hours)

ICSAVE-Heloderm Community Training Partnership

Heloderm LLC

Named for the "Gila monster," a shy--but venomous--native of the Southwest, Heloderm is a small, veteran owned training organization based in Tucson, Arizona. Our goal is to provide citizens in our community with realistic, scenario-based training they can use to survive, and even prevail, in armed confrontations.

Heloderm's lead instructor, George Hupp, spent decades as a professional law enforcement and military firearms, defensive tactics, and use of force instructor. He has also taught civilians since 1984. While assigned to internal affairs, Hupp investigated shootings by law enforcement officers. As a Joint Terrorism Taskforce officer, Hupp learned about active shooter events from those who were there. As a law enforcement officer, he responded to shootings in progress, and took reports from scared victims. Hupp has served on soil both foreign and domestic.

Those years of experience led Hupp to two undeniable conclusions:

  1. The vast majority of gunowners--even those who tote firearms for a living--are only vaguely aware of what actually happens in violent confrontations. They believe that technology can take the place of skill. They may know how to shoot, but not how to fight with a gun. They believe that because they can hit a non-moving target that isn't trying to kill them, they are ready. Many are as dangerous to their friends as they are to their enemies.
  2. The vast majority of the American populace, who chooses to be unarmed, has no idea of what firearms will and will not do. Programmed by the movies and TV, they don't realize that firearms are unidirectional tools. They don't know the limitations of firearms--or their own limitations. Many people allow themselves to become victims simply because the perpetrator is in possession of a gun or knife, whether or not he knows how to use it.

We firmly believe that quality training can make all the difference. Heloderm exists to make realistic, scenario-based training available at low cost, so that all segments of our population can live their lives safely, free from fear.

We occasionally schedule specific classes, but most of our training is by appointment, so we can tailor our training to your experience levels and specific needs. Visit our website,, for details.

We can help you master your pistol, shotgun, rifle, knife, bike lock on a chain, or other defensive tools. Many of our courses have an optional low light block, or you can simply take our Night Fighting classes. Some of our course offerings include:

Violence Avoidance and Survival (VAS)

This class picks up where most "Run Hide Fight" education leaves off. We teach unarmed people how to fight an armed opponent so that you minimize your chances of getting shot, and maximize your likelihood of prevailing. This course also covers other forms of violence, and how to improvise weapons from the environment. We use real, demilitarized firearms to show you that you CAN "beat the click." Optional content includes Counter-Carjacking and what to do about Improvised Explosive Devices. VAS is offered FREE to students, teachers, public safety personnel, healthcare workers, military, and their families, and at low cost to businesses.

Lost Art of the Revolver (LAR)

People still buy revolvers for personal defense, mainly because a gun store clerk tells them two lies: "Revolvers can't jam" and / or "You don't need any training to use a wheel gun." While revolvers--in trained hands--are still quite formidable tools, the above quotes are sadly untrue. Certainly, any monkey can pull a revolver trigger. But handguns are low frequency, high consequence tools. You may never need to use one, but if you do, a lot will be riding on how well you use it. LAR students will practice mostly forgotten methods of how to use their "elegant weapon, of a more civilized age" from old folks who mastered the revolver when it was a high art.

Defensive Pistol 1 and 2 (DP1 / DP2)

Like most Heloderm defensive offerings, DP1 and DP2 start with the close-range fight. Not 5 yards; more like 5 inches. Nobody gets raped or robbed from across the street. We teach you how to keep your pistol when someone is trying to take it away--even if he is on top of you--and how to off-line an opponent's weapons so you live long enough to get to yours. DP1 students learn about human behavior and thought processes in fights; how to minimize their "freeze" time, and how to get inside their opponent's OODA process. We practice strategies for street encounters. We introduce movement and practice stress proof, flow chart stoppage reduction that works in the dark. DP2 takes the students farther out, moving faster, and may include night decision shooting. We balance speed with accuracy. We'll teach you how to fight from and around your car. You'll learn how to fight if your gun arm, or your support arm, or your legs, or either of your eyes, is out of action. We practice how to work corners, T-intersections, and how to dominate a room from the outside.

Dynamics of Movement in Interpersonal Confrontation (DMIC)

Most of the movement you learn at shooting schools is great--IF you are a SWAT operator, wearing Level 4 armor, and have lots of heavily armed, steroid abusing friends. After all, your instructor got "Groucho walking" and "box drills" from SWAT. But when you are all alone when you are ambushed in a parking lot at 2 am, that type of movement will get you killed. You'll need explosive, sprinting movement off the X instead. In DMIC, you'll learn which directions of movement work best against different weapon types. You'll establish homeostasis of distance, through redirection and movement, to take advantage of your firearm's standoff capability against a contact weapon. You'll learn how to hit when the bad guy is at your 5 or 7 o'clock, and how to change direction when the tide of battle changes, to take the fight back to him with progressively accurate marksmanship. The first half of this class, we use HTE (human target engagement) technologies such as Airsoft or marking cartridges to conduct force-on-force drills and exercises. The second half of the day is live fire reinforcing the methods leaned in HTE.

Myths of Cover (MC)

Cover is not a bad thing. But when we practice taking cover on a range (if at all), the target stays right where it was. A real, dedicated opponent WILL move to flank you. Most of the ways we practice, to avoid damaging a barricade, we get so close to our cover it only serves to block our view of that assailant's flanking movement--as many law enforcement officers have learned on the street, too late. In MC we start with force-on-force demos using HTE technology, to demonstrate movement to cover, distance from cover, and angles of ricochet. We practice how to pivot to each side and the rear while kneeling, prone, or supine, so you don't get hit by the "force in contact" while traversing to engage flankers.

Managing Multiple Assailants (MMA)

In about 60% of street crimes, the bad guy has a "layoff" man. And crowd violence is a huge problem--especially if you only have a pocket pistol or snubby revolver. Some competition shooters actually believe that if their time is sub-par on an "El Presidente" drill against 3 unarmed pieces of cardboard, they are ready to take on multiple assailants. A simple live fire exercise gives the lie to that fantasy. In MMA, we use a combination of role-playing exercises, "shoot through" targets, and 180 degree drills to teach you how to survive if you are ever cutoff and surrounded.

Advanced Carbine Operation (ACO)

This class is provided at cost to military deployers who have passed their qualification course but want to be far more familiar with the tool of their trade. It's a Heloderm course, so you know we'll start within arms' reach of the target. "SPORTS" doesn't cut it if your M4 quits when the other guy is close enough to touch. You'll transition your carbine from a projectile launcher to an impact tool, to buy time and distance to get to secondary weapons or to get the carbine running again. Although we do address Marksmanhip, the emphasis is on the other 2 legs of Cooper's Combat Triad: Mindset and Manipulation. We'll shoot while moving, pivot to take flankers, and work stoppage reduction till you can--literally--do it with a bag over your head, even with your support hand only. If you run an optic on your carbine, we'll give you tools and techniques to stay in the fight if your optic is fogged, opaque, shattered, or the battery is simply dead. We'll also compare and contrast OpFor carbines such as the Kalashnikov. If your "go to" gun IS a Kalashnikov, we can teach you to run it like a rocket (M4 tactics and techniques do not crossover completely; the AK has its own strengths and weaknesses).

Edged Weapons (EW)

The humble folding knife is ubiquitous. You see them clipped to pockets throughout the land. Although the vast majority of people who carry a knife for utilitarian purposes also--whether they admit it to themselves or not--have some vague appreciation for the fact that knives can be used to repel boarders, very few have any realistic idea of how to use a knife defensively. This can be remedied. We'll teach you Defanging the Snake distance-doubling techniques, as well as how to transition to Prison Shank methods if the terrain will not permit escape. You'll learn what a knife will and won't do--and in so doing, you'll also learn how to defend against EW attacks with your empty hands, a knife, or a pistol.

Heloderm: Because there is no safety in ignorance.

ICSAVE-RED Community Training Partnership

RED Training exists to ensure that you are Ready Every Day to provide for the safety of you and your loved ones.  Whether that be providing protection for your family with a firearm or learning how to save their lives when seconds matter.  We strive to ensure that everyone has an enjoyable training experience. We will ensure that you receive the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to be comfortable in owning and carrying a firearm.  Whether it’s your first time owning one or you are experienced come train with us.

We are certified as instructors by both the NRA and United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA).  Some of the course that we offer include:

USCCA Certified Instructor Course

Upon successfully completing this course, you will become USCCA Certified Instructor, uniquely authorized to teach the USCCA course, Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals. This course has become the gold standard across the United States for law abiding Americans seeking to obtain their concealed carry permit. As a USCCA certified instructor, you will be trained and equipped to provide world-class instruction to students. You will have access to our world class classroom materials (including a full set of PowerPoint presentations and classroom videos). During this two-day training course, you’ll be taught by a USCCA Training Counselor on several valuable topics, including: The top ten instructor mistakes, and how to avoid them; teaching best practices; and running a safe live fire range. You’ll also have a chance to demonstrate your knowledge of the USCCA training material through seven short presentations to a group of your peers, as well as running a live fire range, guiding your peers through the safe completion of the USCCA course of fire. After completion of this course, you’ll not only be intimately familiar with the USCCA training methodology and materials, you’ll be a far better instructor and presenter, regardless of the topic of choice.

USCCA Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals

Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals is a comprehensive course for anyone considering owning or carrying a firearm for self-defense. The course is a complete guide to understanding conflict avoidance and situational awareness; home security and home defense; handgun, shotgun and AR-15 basics; shooting fundamentals; the physiology of violent encounters; the legal aspects of using deadly force (including knowing what to do in the aftermath); and a complete guide on gear, gadgets, and ongoing training.

USCCA Emergency First Aid Fundamentals

Would you know what to do if you were deep in the wilderness, and a hunting companion sustained a penetrating chest wound from an errant round? Could you prolong the life of a loved one long enough for the ambulance to arrive, if he or she had sustained a lacerated artery from a violent attacker armed with a knife? While most Americans are comfortable dealing with the cuts and scrapes of everyday life, and tens of thousands have learned the Heimlich maneuver and CPR, most individuals would be a bit less comfortable dealing with severe, life threatening injuries or illnesses when seconds count, and EMS personnel and the emergency room are minutes (or longer) away. In the training course, Emergency First Aid Fundamentals, you’ll learn to not only understand the proper way to assess a patient, you’ll also learn in great detail the proper way to deal with significant issues such as serious bleeding, chest injuries, a compromised airway, spinal injuries, broken bones, and more. While it might seem unrealistic to translate what professional EMTs and paramedics are able to do in an emergency versus the things that nonprofessionals would be capable of, but in life threatening medical and traumatic emergencies, it all boils down to the same thing — sustaining the life of the patient until he or she can be delivered to the emergency room. If you’re ready to become your family’s first responder in all emergency situations, this training cannot be missed. During this training, you’ll do more than simply sit in a classroom learning about these topics, your USCCA instructor will work you through a dozen real world scenarios using simulated patients and the actual products (or field expedients) that you’ll need to understand if you hope to save a life.

NRA Refuse To Be A Victim Seminar

One of the most important steps toward ensuring your own safety is having a personal safety strategy in place before you need it. NRA’s Refuse To Be A Victim® program teaches the tips and techniques you need to be alerted to dangerous situations and to avoid criminal confrontation. Seminars are held across the nation and are open to individuals of all ages. Today, thousands of federal, state and local law enforcement officials and civilians from across the nation utilize this popular program in their crime prevention and community policing initiatives to help protect their communities. Corporations, educational institutions, and community centers have also adopted the program. All told, more than 120,000 people have benefited from these seminars.  This is a 4-hour seminar that is a non-firearm-based course. If your group would like a firearm portion can be added in.

NRA Home Firearms Safety

This is a four-hour course for safe gun handling that is conducted in the classroom only. Students are taught NRA’s three rules for safe gun handling; primary causes of firearms accidents; firearm parts; how to unload certain action types; ammunition components; cleaning; care; safe storage of firearms in the home; and the benefits of becoming an active participant in the shooting sports. Students will receive the NRA Home Firearm Safety handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Basic Firearm Training Program brochure, course completion certificate.

NRA Basics of Pistol

The NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting is intended for all individuals regardless of previous shooting experience or NRA-affiliation.  We only teach the traditional, instructor-led course where you will receive direct instruction from an NRA-certified instructor from beginning to end. Course topics include gun safety rules, proper operation of revolvers and semi-automatic pistols, ammunition knowledge and selection, pistol selection and storage, shooting fundamentals, pistol inspection and maintenance, marksmanship, and shooting range safety. Additionally, students will complete live fire training and a nationally standardized shooting qualification while on the range with an NRA Certified Instructor. Students will receive the NRA Guide: Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook, take a Basics of Pistol Shooting Student Examination and receive a course completion certificate bearing the signature of the NRA Secretary and your NRA Certified Instructor.

NRA Personal Protection in the Home

This course is for law-abiding adult citizens, as defined by applicable federal, state, or local law, and experienced shooters (shooters able to show mastery of the basic skills of safe gun handling, shooting a group, zeroing the firearm, and cleaning the firearm). Prospective participants can demonstrate that they have the requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes by producing an NRA Basic Pistol Course Certificate, NRA FIRST Steps Course Certificate, NRA pistol competitive shooting qualification card, military DD 214 with pistol qualification, or passing the Pre-Course Assessment.  

Description: This is an eight-hour course. Students should expect to shoot approximately 100 rounds of ammunition. Students will learn basic defensive shooting skills, strategies for home safety and responding to a violent confrontation, firearms and the law, how to choose a handgun for self-defense, and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Personal Protection In The Home handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, and course completion certificate.  

Note: Lesson III of this course: Firearms and the Law, and Legal Aspects of Self-Defense, is conducted by an attorney licensed to practice law within the state in which this course is given and who is familiar with this area of the law, or a Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) who possesses an intermediate or higher Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certificate granted within the state, or an individual currently certified to instruct in this area of the law by the state in which this course is presented. NRA Certified Instructors may conduct this lesson only if they meet the requirements stated above and then only in their capacity as an attorney, or other state certified individual not in their capacity as an NRA Certified Instructor. 

NRA Range Safety Officer

This course is nine hours long and is conducted in a classroom and at a shooting facility. Range Safety Officer candidates will learn roles and responsibilities of an RSO; Range Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs); range inspection; range rules; range briefings; emergency procedures; and firearm stoppages and malfunctions. Each Range Safety Officer Candidate will receive an RSO Student Study Guide, a Basic Firearm Training Program brochure, an NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure and a Course Evaluation form.

For further information about this or any other life-saving courses, please contact Chief Instructor Drew Stonecipher at,, or 520-237-2770

Founded in Sierra Vista, Arizona, C4DT incorporates practical application martial arts and defensive tactics techniques adopted from law enforcement and military combatives programs, tailored to protect against physical daily threats.

Defending those who save

EMS – Fire – Nursing Staff – Health Care Staff – Educators – and the like ...

All courses are instructed by Martial Arts Masters and practitioners who also work in public health, safety, or education.

... Always needed!

... Always free!

"I was in law enforcement for a quarter of a century, and I was a defensive tactics instructor for my agency. I've still learned something new about empty-hands defense each time I've attended a Code 4 Defensive Tactics seminar."

George H, Retired Federal Agent --Founder Heloderm LLC

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Bleeding Control for the Injured (B-Con)

In September of 2014, NAEMT announced a new education course to teach civilians evidence-based, life-saving bleeding control techniques shown to dramatically increase casualty survival. Called “Bleeding Control for the Injured,” aka “B-Con,” this course was developed in response to the Hartford Consensus led by Dr. Lenworth Jacobs, and at the request of Dr. Norman McSwain, who served as a member of the Hartford Consensus working group.

B-Con teaches participants the basic life-saving medical interventions, including bleeding control with a tourniquet, bleeding control with gauze packs or topical hemostatic agents, and opening an airway to allow a casualty to breathe. The course is designed for NON tactical law enforcement officers, firefighters, security personnel, teachers and other civilians requiring this basic training. B-Con is consistent with the recommendations of the Hartford Consensus on Improving Survival from Active Shooter Events.

NAEMT partners on this and all other trauma initiatives with the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Recently, ACS launched a new website, that includes a new instructor portal for the B-Con course. This new portal houses all of the B-Con course materials, and will allow B-Con courses to be registered so that ACS and NAEMT can track our progress in training the public in basic bleeding control. There is no cost to use this portal, to access the course materials, or to register courses.

All NAEMT instructors are invited and encouraged to register as a B-Con instructor with ACS. For more information on the national bleeding control initiative, please visit

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