Texas Emergency Management ONLINE 2014 Vol. 61 No. 9

The Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center at Texas State University will be hosting their 5th Annual Active Shooter Conference November 16-19, 2014 in San Marcos.  This year's conference features and focuses on the integrated response between police, fire and EMS to active shooter events.  The response integration between these first responder disciplines is critical to swiftly and effectively stop the ongoing violence of an active shooter as well as saving the lives of innocent victims.


The ALERRT Center is at the forefront of this national conversation and focused on building national training and response standards for police, fire and EMS organizations. More than 330 attendees have registered representing 30 states.

The conference will feature presentations from communities across the country who have built successful, model integrated response programs from both the law enforcement and fire/EMS perspective.  In addition, debriefs and presentations of actual events will be presented as well as lessons learned from these headline-grabbing tragedies.

The conference is open to law enforcement, fire, EMS, emergency managers and military.  The fee for the conference is $150 and no grant funds are used to support the conference.  Visit www.alerrt.org to learn more or to register for the conference.

Topics and presentations for the 5th Annual ALERRT Active Shooter Conference include:

  • Integrated Response Program Briefings and Panel Discussion (Aurora, CO PD/FD -- Oak Creek, WI PD/FD -- Las Vegas, NV Metro PD/Clark County, NV FD --  Arlington, VA PD/FD -- Arvada, CO PD/FD -- all confirmed)
  • Building a Successful Integrated Response Program:  What You Need to Know
  • The Role of Tactical Medics in the Integrated Response Models
  • Update from the Committee on Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (C-TECC)
  • Debrief of the Fort Hood Shooting (2009)
  • Information on Recent Officers Injured and Saved by Tourniquets
  • Incident Management of Active Shooter Events:  Emerging Best Practices and the Active Shooter Incident Checklist
  • Tactical Research that Saves Lives
  • FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit Active Shooter Briefing
  • Nairobi, Kenya Westgate Mall Attack Debrief
  • First Care Providers - The Critical Role of Non-Traditional Responders in the Trauma Care Chain-of-Survival
  • Carpe Audience:  Instructional Development on Steroids
  • Active Shooter Victim/Survivor Perspective from Virginia Tech
  • Standard Reunification Method for Schools

More courses and presentations will be added as confirmed.

Who Should Attend:
The ALERRT Conference is for Law Enforcement, Fire, and EMS personnel of all ranks.  Command-level officers from all disciplines will benefit from the conference and opportunities to meet and interact with colleagues from across the country who have successfully built integrated response programs.

Conference Format:
The ALERRT Conference will have a General Assembly for all attendees on Monday, November 17 from 8:00am-5:00pm.  On Tuesday and Wednesday, attendees will have the opportunity to attend Hotel Breakout Sessions ranging from 1.5 hours to 4 hours with multiple presentations occurring simultaneously throughout each day.  Attendees can also chose to attend a 4-hour Off-Site Practical Operator Course on Tuesday or Wednesday and then attend the Hotel Breakout Sessions at the conclusion of the Off-Site course.  More information on the Hotel Breakout Sessions can be found here and the Off-Site Practical Operator course here.

Location and Hotel Reservations:
The 2014 ALERRT Conference will be held in San Marcos, Texas at the Embassy Suites San Marcos Hotel and Conference Center from November 16-19, 2014.  For room reservations, and to ensure you receive the $99 conference room rate, please contact Susan Fillbrandt at 281-788-3194 or by email at tzspecialevents@yahoo.com.  DO NOT CONTACT THE HOTEL DIRECTLY.  Reservations must be made and confirmed before October 18 to receive the discounted conference room rate.  The conference hotel has sold out the past two years and we expect it to sell out quickly in 2014.  You are encouraged to make reservations as soon as possible.

Registration Fee and Payment:
The fee for the 2014 ALERRT Conference is $150.  Payment via credit card is encouraged at the time of registration; however, agency purchase orders are accepted.  On-site payment is accepted with prior approval.  Payment must be received in full by Friday, October 17, 2014 at 5:00pm CST (unless on-site payment has been approved).  Unpaid registrations will be cancelled at that time.

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