2016 ALERRT Conference - Students

Student registration is now closed. 

Conference registration and check-in will begin at noon on Sunday, November 6.  The conference fee is $150 per student. The Vendor and Trade Show will also begin at noon and run until 6:00pm.  

A General Assembly session for all attendees will be on Monday, November 7 from 8:00am-5:00pm along with Vendor and Trade Show.  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.  Conference attendees can select which hotel breakout sessions they want to attend each day.  NOTE:  The conference concludes at 5:00pm on Wednesday, November 9.  Travel arrangements should be made accordingly.  Anyone flying should plan on departing Thursday, November 10. 

In addition, multiple Offsite Practical Training Courses are also offered on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Registration for these courses must be selected at time of registration.  No on-site registration for the practical training courses will be available.  In order to secure one of the limited spaces available in the Off-Site Practical Training Courses, conference payment must be received by October 7, 2016.  If payment is not received by that time, the registration for the off-site practical training course will be released to attendees on the waiting list. 

Texas Peace Officers will receive 24 hours of TCOLE credit.

Title: Rescue Task Force Integrated Response Overview (RTF - IRO)

Participants from Fire, EMS and Law Enforcement will conduct a “walk-and-talk” overview of training for the integrated response to a mass-casualty event.  This 4-hour session will provide an overview of a multi-disciplinary response with topics to include: rapid-response threat mitigation, establishing security, establishing command, stabilizing critically injured patients, immediate action planning, staging follow-on responders, casualty collection points (CCP), deployment of rescue task force teams, evacuation of critically wounded from the crisis site, and ambulance exchange points (AEP). 

Student materials needed:  Note-taking materials, comfortable clothing (no Force-on-Force scenarios will be conducted, no live weapons or other equipment will be necessary).

Hours: 4

Participants:    30 Law Enforcement/20 Fire – EMS Personnel

Dates:              Tue 11/8          8:00 – 12:00

                        Tue 11/8          1:00 – 5:00

                        Wed 11/9        8:00 – 12:00

                        Wed 11/9        1:00 – 5:00

Title: Rescue Task Force Tactical Operations for Medical Personnel (RTF - TO Medical)

This dynamic, hands-on session will provide certified medical providers (EMT-B or higher) with an update on medical procedures and treatment philosophy for trauma patients.  The skills presented in this presentation will augment existing skills to match the demands of responding to an active shooter event.  Topics include principles of damage control resuscitation, the use of junctional tourniquets, pre-hospital treatment for tension pneumothorax, advanced techniques for administration of interosseous (IO) infusion, failed airway considerations and pre-hospital cricothyrotomy techniques, casualty collection point (CCP) management, and other lessons from the battlefields.  This session will culminate with the integration of law enforcement participants where EMS providers will practice the skills and techniques in a live-fire shoothouse environment. 

*Attendees for this session must be currently certified medical providers EMT-Basic or higher.

Student materials needed:  Note-taking materials, comfortable clothing, eye protection, hearing protection, body armor and ballistic helmet (if available).  Note:  Participants are encouraged to bring their department-issued body armor and ballistic helmet if possible.  Body armor will be provided to any participant who cannot provide their own. 

Hours: 8

Participants:    20 EMS Personnel (EMT – B or higher)

Dates:              Tue 11/8          8:00 – 5:00

                        Wed 11/9        8:00 – 5:00

Title: Rescue Task Force Tactical Operations for Law Enforcement Personnel

This dynamic, hands-on session is designed to allow first responder law enforcement officers to experience active shooter response training under live fire conditions.  The techniques and tactics taught during the Rapid Response to Active Shooter course will be conducted live-fire in state-of-the-art shoot houses located at the ALERRT Training Facility. The training will stair step first responders through the process of improving safety and accuracy with duty handguns, conducting room entries, hallway movement, and other tactics associated with responding to an active shooter event.  This session will culminate with the integration of medical personnel (EMS) into rescue task force teams who will practice medical skills and techniques in a live-fire shoothouse environment with law enforcement officers. 

Student materials needed:  Note-taking materials, comfortable clothing, eye protection, hearing protection, body armor, duty handgun with 3 magazines, duty belt, 300 rounds ammunition. 

Hours: 8

Participants:    40 Law Enforcement

Dates:              Tue 11/8          8:00 – 5:00

                        Wed 11/9        8:00 – 5:00

Topics and presentations for the 7th Annual ALERRT Active Shooter Conference include:

  • Debrief of the Chattanooga, TN Active Shooter Attack July 16, 2015
  • Building a Successful Integrated Response Program:  What You Need to Know
  • London Metropolitan Police Services Terrorist Attack Response Protocols
  • Tactical Response to Fire as a Weapon
  • Debrief of the Gwinnett County, GA Firefighter Hostage Event April 11, 2013
  • Debrief of the Florida State University Active Shooter Attack November 20, 2014
  • Preparing for a Threat: The New Hampshire EMS Warm Zone Initiative
  • Active Shooter Training for Dispatchers
  • Lessons Learned from the London Strong Tower Full-Scale Attack Exercise
  • Deploying The Dynamic Joint Rescue Task Force Program:  The Rancho Cucamonga, CA Model
  • Implementing a Community Wide Terrorism Awareness and Active Shooter Response Program
  • Debrief of the Philippi, WV School Hostage Event August 25, 2015
  • In For the Long Haul - Bunker Gear and Body Armor for the Mind
  • Incident Management of Active Shooter Events:  A Tabletop Exercise Tool
  • Threat Detection and Attack Prevention:  Lessons Learned from Red-Teaming Critical Infrastructure Sites
  • The Standard Reunification Method
  • Tactical Research that Saves Lives
  • Safety is Personal:  Lessons Learned from Survivors of the Virginia Tech and Navy Yard Tragedies
  • Near Miss Database Project for Medical Saves from the Field
  • Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) Train-the-Trainer Course
  • Carpe Audience - Create and Deliver Better Debriefs
  • Active Shooter Events and Response (ASER) Course
  • Advanced Medical Skills and Concepts for Certified Medical Providers
  • Las Vegas - Clark County, NV Rescue Task Force Program

More courses and presentations will be added as confirmed.

Host Hotel and Conference Facilities:

Embassy Suites San Marcos Hotel and Conference Center

1001 E. McCarty Lane

San Marcos, Texas 78666

Conference Rate:  $109 plus tax


To guarantee the conference rate of $109, contact Susan Fillbrandt at 281-788-3194 or by email at tzspecialevents@yahoo.com.  

Reservations must be made and confirmed before October 14, 2016 to receive the discounted conference room rate.  The conference hotel has sold out every year and we expect it to sell out quickly in 2016.  You are encouraged to make reservations as soon as possible.

Air Travel:

San Marcos is located approximately 35 miles from the Austin Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) and 45 miles from the San Antonio International Airport (SAT).   Attendees who are flying should plan to arrive on Sunday, November 6 and depart on Thursday, November 10.  The conference concludes at 5:00pm on Wednesday, November 9.