Scene Of The Accident
"Saving Lives Through Training"
Active Shooter/Mass Casualty Incident (AS/MCI) was developed to help your organization plan for, train for, and test your readiness to respond to an Active Shooter incident where mass casualties are involved. AS/MCI focuses on Life Safety and Incident Stabilization by providing attendees with the information and tools they need to develop an effective Emergency Operations Plan. The information provided in the AS/MCI course has been developed to meet the guidelines established by the NFPA, USFA, FEMA, FBI, and lessons learned from previous incidents and training exercises.
AS/MCI Program Management requires four steps of leadership and commitment to ensure that your plans are up-to-date and effective. The first two steps, Planning and Implementation, are included in the AS/MCI classroom portion of the course. The third step in program management is Testing and Exercises, which is included in the Hands-On portion of the AS/MCI training. The forth step is Program Improvement, which is covered during the debriefing session after the final exercise, and outlined in a confidential final report that is sent to you after all post-exercise reports and recommendations are received and reviewed.
The classroom portion of AS/MCI begins by categorizing Active Shooter Incidents and outlining the possible actions of the shooter(s), including a timeline of events that occur during the attack. AS/MCI also outlines the different challenges and risks encountered at schools, shopping centers, office buildings, open air events, places of worship, and all other potential targets.
AS/MCI outlines the eight critical areas of response that are required in an Active Shooter/Mass Casualty incident:
1. Active Shooter/Mass Casualty incidents place Management and Staff into the role of the First Responder. The average response time for Law Enforcement is typically 3 to 5 minutes, so the actions taken within the first few seconds following the onset of an attack are crucial for the safety of everyone involved. AS/MCI helps you develop procedures specific to your environment for identification and notification of a threat, and proper procedures using the “Run, Hide, or Fight” principal to ensure the most favorable outcomes.
2. Active Shooter/Mass Casualty incidents require an effective Unified Command. AS/MCI outlines the function of a unified command, and the procedures for successful coordination, cooperation, and communication between all members. AS/MCI helps you develop a common set of incident objectives and strategies to effectively share information, maximize the use of available resources, and enhance the efficiency of the individual response organizations, both governmental and civilian.
3. The next critical area is the rapid treatment of casualties. AS/MCI helps you develop an effective strategy to implement Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) procedures with a goal of eliminating preventable deaths. The TECC guidelines are designed for casualty management during high-threat tactical and rescue operations, while minimizing providers’ risk and maximizing patients’ benefits.
4. News Media and Public Information is critical during any Active Shooter/Mass Casualty incident. Accurate and timely information to the public must ensure that all members commit to speak with one voice. AS/MCI helps you develop procedures to establish a Joint Information Center where all information is collected and approved prior to dissemination through a single Information Officer.
5. No community can anticipate every Active Shooter/Mass Casualty scenario they may experience, so AS/MCI provides you with the necessary tools to develop generic plans that can be used in any situation that may arise. AS/MCI uses FEMA guidelines for the development and maintenance of Emergency Operations Plans, which you can use to develop specific plans for individual businesses and locations in your community.
6. En-Route Operational Procedures will ensure that senior officers have the information they need to make the best possible decisions for effective staging and deployment of personnel, prior to the initiation of a Unified Command. AS/MCI outlines a list of considerations that need to be taken into account while en-route to and when first arriving on scene.
7. Interagency On-Scene Operations allow all agencies to modify their day-to-day procedures to ensure the safety of all personnel operating at the incident, even as assignments and responsibilities shift. AS/MCI provides you with a list of procedures to ensure Life Safety throughout the entire incident.
8. Post-Incident/Demobilization includes procedures for stand down, collection of and accounting for equipment and supplies, debriefing, and release of staff to duty or home. AS/MCI outlines a list of procedures to ensure that all personnel are properly decompressed and refreshed, all information on specific events are recollected and documented, tasks performed by each responder are listed, equipment is collected, supplies are inventoried and packed, and all appropriate records are completed prior to the release of staff and volunteers. AS/MCI will also help you develop a demobilization plan to include post-incident briefings, stress management briefings, and family support information.
The Hands-On portion of the AS/MCI program includes setting up a scenario at one of your locations and bringing together Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS, and all public and private partners to simulate an Active Shooter/Mass Casualty incident. The AS/MCI Exercise will give all agencies the opportunity for joint training and testing of their Emergency Operations Plans to identify any modifications that are necessary to improve operations while working under a Unified Command Structure.
The AS/MCI Exercise is held in “real-time” to more closely simulate an actual incident. All participants are brought together for a pre-exercise briefing, and an individual briefing for each organization. All participants are staged in position, and the exercise begins. At the completion of the exercise, all participants are brought together to express their thoughts and concerns, and provided with access to a web-based form where they can submit recommendations to evaluate and improve your existing Emergency Operations Plan.
The classroom portion of AS/MCI is 6 hours in length, and can be held on one day or over two evenings. The Hands-On Exercise is 3 hours in length and can be held whenever personnel and facilities are available. Pricing is on an individual basis, and a written quote will be provided on request to ensure all your needs are properly met.
AS/MCI is the perfect solution, whether you are trying to develop your first Emergency Operations Plan for Active Shooter incidents, or looking for a way to test your current plans to identify any potential deficiencies. AS/MCI also allows all agencies to train under a Unified Command structure, and is scalable and customizable to meet your specific needs.