Rick C. Mathews, Director
Lori Percle, Assistant Director
24 April, 2013
As part of its efforts to create a robust, scenario-based training program, the National Center for Security & Preparedness, in partnership with the NYS Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services and the State Preparedness Training Center, delivered a Safety Officer Training Workshop on February 27th, 2013. The audience was comprised of members of the NCSP/SPTC trainer and role player programs.
Safety Officers play an integral role in the high-end performance-based training offered at the SPTC. These individuals make it possible for students to completely immerse themselves in activities that are inherently designed to put the students in atypical situations, creating safety concerns. Safety Officers are charged with securing weapons on premises, ensuring that training weapons are used correctly, maintaining scene safety throughout activities, monitoring student health, and recording any safety-related incidents that occur.
NCSP Director Rick Mathews and SPTC Interim Director of Operations Bob Stallman co-taught the workshop. Mathews emphasized the importance of instructor and Safety Officer collaboration to make scenario-based activities safe and effective for all students. Stallman reviewed SPTC safety procedures regarding trainings that include Simunitions® Non-Lethal Training weapons systems.
The NCSP and SPTC plan to deliver additional Safety Officer Training Workshops in the future to compliment the expanding scenario-based trainings available at the SPTC.