Tactical & Medical Response to Active Shooter Hostile Events

Active Shooter Hostile Events: Tactical and Medical Response Training Program Active Shooter Hostile Events: Tactical and Medical Response Training Program


Active shooter hostile events (ASHE) and intentional mass violence have become more prevalent throughout the United States in the last decade. Increasingly, communities need to prepare and train to respond to these events. Lessons learned from previous incidents have shown that improved coordination and communication between law enforcement and fire rescue/emergency medical services is required to save more lives during these unpredictable, rapidly unfolding events. With proper training and coordination between medical responders and law enforcement, a combined response that utilizes a unified command system has been shown to provide faster medical assistance to the injured reducing morbidity and mortality.


This 8-hour course is designed for public safety first-responders including police, other law enforcement officers, and other non-medically trained first responders to train them on the basic medical care interventions that will help save an injured responder's life until EMS practitioners can safely enter a tactical scene. It incorporates principles of the United States military Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) and meets the recommendations and standards of the International Public Safety Association (IPSA), InterAgency Board, Hartford Consensus Statement, and Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) guidelines. Lessons learned from previous incidents in Florida and the U.S. will be reviewed. It includes interactive, hands-on skills stations, simulated ASHE Scenarios and debriefing.

Learning Goals:

  • Describe and demonstrate tactical and operational principles of Rescue Task Force (RTF).
  • Demonstrate the appropriate application of a tourniquet to the arm and leg.
  • Demonstrate the progressive strategy for controlling hemorrhage including direct pressure and wound packing and correct application of a topical hemostatic dressing (combat gauze).
  • Demonstrate appropriate airway control techniques and devices.
  • Recognize the tactically relevant indicators of shock.

About the University of Miami Gordon Center

The University of Miami Gordon Center’s Division of Prehospital and Emergency and Section of Tactical Emergency Medicine are supported by the Florida Department of Education to develop and disseminate life-saving programs for Florida’s first responders. Its faculty include emergency and trauma physicians, first-responders from fire rescue, EMS, and law enforcement and the US Army Trauma Training Detachment.

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