A2S2 Delivery Expands Interdisciplinary Learning

4 November, 2012

The National Center for Security & Preparedness (NCSP) delivered another successful Advanced Active Shooters Scenarios Tactics and Operations (A2S2: T&O) Course in collaboration with the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services(NYSDHSES) at the State Preparedness Training Center (SPTC) on October 4th and 5th, 2012.

In this iteration of the course, NCSP subject matter expert instructors (SME-instructors) utilized new resources to improve the training experience for students. The NCSP and SPTC are constantly reviewing courses to ensure optimum outcomes. Subject matter expert instructors hot-wash after every course delivery, incorporate student feedback, and ultimately recommend ways to improve for the future. For this iteration, the SME-instructors designed further opportunities for interdisciplinary interaction- one of the course's central goals.

The integrated skill lanes featured more opportunities for EMS students to interact with law enforcement students. Subject matter expert instructors taught EMS students how to administer self and buddy care under direct and indirect threat during the individual skill lanes. Later, EMS students worked one-on-one with law enforcement students to teach and practice these skills under the supervision and guidance of the SME-instructors. Students became more familiar with each other earlier in the training, building a rapport that improved response in the scenario-based activities.

This delivery of A2S2: T&O reflects the commitment on the part of the NCSP and SPTC to develop high-end integrated homeland security training that meets the goals set out in the National Preparedness Goal and New York State Homeland Security Strategy. The next course is scheduled for early 2013. For more information on the A2S2: T&O course, please see our projects page.