Active Shooter Training for Local Public Health Staff and Medical Reserve Corps Volunteers


The Center for Public Health Preparedness at the University at Albany School of Public Health has developed an Active Shooter training specifically for health department staff and medical reserve corps volunteers with the collaboration of law enforcement, mental health and public health emergency preparedness staff.

The Active Shooter Action Plan training provides staff and volunteers with tools to help protect themselves during the First Five Minutes of An Active Shooter incident before the police arrive. The interactive in-person training focuses on developing situational awareness skills that can be applied in any setting, including a large, unfamiliar Point of Dispensing location and provides resources for promoting resiliency through post crisis planning and response.

Pete Volkmann, MSW, a retired police officer and expert in crisis intervention, was instrumental in the development of the curriculum. He brings a unique perspective to the program, combining years of training in law enforcement, emergency services, and social work to help participants understand the challenges of dealing with an Active Shooter event in a healthcare setting.


a. Understand the Importance of "Pre-Crisis" Planning for Active Shooter Response

b. Conceptualize "Situational Awareness Survival Skills in All Phases"

c. Learn the First Five Minutes of "Active Shooter Crisis Phase" Skills

d. Understand the Importance of "Post-Crisis" Response and Planning

Duration: Training is 75 minutes

Location: Training can be scheduled onsite at the University at Albany East Campus or off-site at a convenientĀ location

For more information: Please contact us by e-mail at or by phone at (518) 402-0344

Fee: Program available off-site for a fee. Please contact us for more information.

Capability 14: Responder Safety and Health

Preparedness Core Competency 4: Protect Worker Health and Safety