On December 3 and 5, two pilot seminars on the Rapid Response & Treatment Model will be held in Boxborough, Massachusetts and near the Raleigh-Durham Airport in North Carolina. The seminars address public safety professionals including police, fire, and emergency medical personnel charged with responding to Active Shooter incidents.
The Rapid Response & Treatment Model is an important new approach representing a Gen 3 response to mass murder incidents such as Columbine. A recent FSF video training program provides an overview of the approach; the seminars present in-depth information and give an opportunity for interaction with the developers themselves: Sgt. Craig Allen (Hillsboro, Oregon Police Department) and Engineer Jeff Gurske (Hillsboro, Oregon Fire Department).
Openings are still available for the seminar in Raleigh, North Carolina on December 5.
More information and to register (NOTE: Public safety credentials will be required for admittance.)
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Interacting With the Mentally Ill at Emergency Scenes
The Firefighters Support Foundation (FSF) has released its newest free video program, Interacting With the Mentally Ill at Emergency Scenes. The focus of the program is on obtaining time-critical information in short time frames during the chaos of any emergency scene – fire, EMS, or Law Enforcement, etc. This approximately 30-minute video program is presented by Dr. Greg Sancier, Ph.D., a 30+ year police officer, hostage negotiator, and well-known public safety psychologist. Dr. Sancier explains how to identify a mentally ill person, describes why they require different communication tactics than we usually employ at these critical events, and outlines a 5-step process for communicating and interacting effectively with them.
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