NCSP Completes Development of the A2S2 Course Suite

14 March, 2012

The National Center for Security & Preparedness (NCSP) has completed development of the Advanced Active Shooters Scenario (A2S2) course suite for the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES). A2S2 is made up of two courses: Tactics & Operations (T&O) and Command & Planning (C&P).

The courses were developed for delivery at the State Preparedness Training Center (SPTC) in Oriskany, NY. They involve rigorous training, combining skill and knowledge development with functionally integrated, scenario-based activities. There are no known programs of this scale and scope offered anywhere else in the country. The Training Support Package for the A2S2 course suite has been submitted for approval by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The A2S2 T&O course is intended to prepare law enforcement officers, EMS personnel, and bomb technicians for synchronic attacks by multiple attackers across multiple locations. The course addresses the interdiction of attackers who may be using firearms and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) against civilians and responders. The C&P course helps state and local leaders prepare their communities for this type of incident.

The A2S2 course suite is the product of several years of work, including five successful and well-received deliveries of the T&O course and three of the C&P course to date. Participants in both courses have included representatives of both state and local agencies from across New York.

The courses were developed and are delivered by a team of NCSP subject matter expert instructors from across the country. As the courses were constructed, NCSP staff and students worked closely with the instructional teams to build and refine the course materials for final submission.