With increasing and distressing frequency, high-profile violent incidents have put a spotlight on the need to train and protect firefighters who will respond to these situations. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) has re-launched its Fire Hero Learning Network course relating to the national response to violent incidents. The new course, Responding to Violent Incidents 2.0, is a self-paced program that adds information on response to civil unrest and public assembly events, material from the NFPA 3000: Standard for an Active Shooter Hostile Event Response (ASHER) program, and Tactical Emergency Casualty Care.
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation has been at the forefront of this effort for more than a decade, authoring and promoting Firefighter Life Safety Initiative 12, which states: “National protocols for response to violent incidents should be developed and championed.”
This revised program focuses on firefighter health and safety within the context of responding to known violent incidents and in cases where an incident turns violent during response. It presents broad firefighter health and safety principles that should guide jurisdictions in crafting their own specific violent incident response policies, standard operating procedures (SOPs), and training resources.
Even if you have taken this module before, you will want to review the new Responding to Violent Incidents 2.0 to learn more and prepare for a violent incident response in your community. A certificate of completion is available after you watch the full module and pass the skills challenge.
For more information visit the Fire Hero Learning Network at www.fireherolearningnetwork.com.