Class Offerings 2017:
Emergency Service Leadership
“Living Life on a 45’ Angle”
90 Minute, 2 hr. or ½ day versions available
This presentation explores the unique aspects of leadership within the emergency services including managing difficult people, the differences between leadership, management and authority, the 3 primary principals of emergency service leadership, and culture’s impact on organization. The class also explores the dichotomy between emergency operations and routine duties management as well as the concept of “Followership” and how it is an essential skill for leaders. Students will also learn about values based organizations vs. rules based organizations and the benefits and pitfalls of both. Finally the students are left with “Chief Wylie’s Ten Truths for Leaders”, a common set of truths learned through hard work, trial and error and a few swift kicks to the teeth during nearly 25 years of emergency service leadership.
Pre-Meditated Responder Ambush
90 minute, 2 hr. or ½ day versions available
There is a new response reality in the United States today: Firefighters and EMS Responders being targeted for premeditated violence. There have been numerous ambush style attacks on first responders in the last 10 years resulting in death and serious injury. Maplewood, Missouri, Lexington, Kentucky and Webster New York are just some of the latest instances of deliberate, targeted attacks on first responders.
Responders have to adopt a new mindset that allows for the possibility that there are people in our communities that want to harm us simply because we are Firefighters, EMT's and Paramedics.
Through the use of case studies and best practices, students will learn the motivating factors and warning signs that may accompany these assaults, as well as learn strategies and tactics that will improve their situational awareness and ability to pre-plan and react to premeditated violence.
The Purpose of this course is to alert first responders to the phenomenon of pre-meditate responder ambush and to give those responders strategies, tactics and remedial action plans to react if they are attacked.
Upon completion of this four hour presentation students will be able to;
-Understand the difference between an Active Shooter incident and a Pre-Meditated Attack incident
-Identify the motives and underlying causes of attacks on responders
-Employ strategies for mental preparation for potential attacks
-Understand the warning signs of impending attacks
-Learn the importance of situational awareness and intelligence gathering
-Learn tactics for effectively responding to an attack
The target audience for this presentation are Fire and EMS first responders of any experience level. The topic has direct relevance to the safety of the responders at any incident. By creating what would be traditionally viewed as "ordinary" incidents to lure responders into a trap, those responders have to, first and foremost, be mentally prepared to accept the fact that there are people who are capable and willing to attack them.
Fire as a Weapon
90 minute or ½ day versions available
This program explores the use of fire as an implement of terror. Tracing back to the origins of man’s use of fire through present day Pyroterrorism attacks both foreign and domestic. Students will learn the history of fire as a weapon as well as pre-operative indictors and protective measures that can help prevent or mitigate the devastating effects of an attack utilizing fire.
Tactical Medical Support of Civil Disturbance Operations
90 minute, 2 hr. versions available
This presentation reviews the events of August 2014 through November 2014 in Ferguson Missouri. These series of civil disturbances tested the limits of law enforcement, fire and ems resources and through lessons learned, reshaped the way emergency service organizations respond to civil disturbances from Baltimore to New York, to Charlotte, NC. Through firsthand accounts and experience, students will learn the challenges and the adaptations that enabled a small cadre of medics to provide pre-hospital care during one of the most violent and long lasting events of the last 25 years. The students will also review fire and ems response to the event including command and control, emergency procedure training and developments done on the fly and the lessons learned from nearly 90 days of continuous operations.
Rapid Access Casualty Treatment and Clearance
“Response to Active Violence Incidents”
90 minute, 2 hr. or ½ day versions available (1/2 Day class includes break outs and practical exercise and requires 4 instructors. Call for pricing)
90 minute/ 2 hr. version:
Didactic lecture includes introduction to response to active violence incidents for fire and ems, tactical emergency casualty care concepts including direct threat care, indirect threat care and casualty evacuation care. Students will also be introduced to tactical movement, personal protective equipment requirements and limitations as well as integration with law enforcement assets. Each student will receive draft SOG and protocols for RACTAC operations.
½ Day Class: Participants will learn safe movement into areas deemed safe by Law Enforcement (LEO) for the purpose of providing Point of Wounding care to injured innocents as well as basic treatment protocols (TECC) and equipment familiarization through the participation in four teaching/ practical stations.
Participants will learn movement techniques in coordination with LEO’s designed to escort them to patients in area deemed safe by LEO supervisor.
Teams of two LEO’s and 2-3 Firefighters/Medic will move to pre-determined locations to treat and evacuate wounded innocents.
Participants will practice hands on application of tourniquets, pressure dressing and needle thoracotomies (EMT-P only)
Patient Extrication Techniques
Participants will learn and practice various lifts, drags and carries appropriate for casualty evacuation utilizing various tools and techniques
Participants will put into practice skills learned at the previous stations in a brief, low intensity practical exercise.
Run, Hide, Fight Treat!
90 Minute, 2 hr. or ½ day versions available
(1/2 Day Course include practical labs with 2 instructors)
Run, Hide, Fight, Treat prepares the student to understand the history of active violence incidents in the United Sates and
The course is designed to help participants be prepared to make DECISIONS that could prevent you from being injured and may even save your life and the lives of others.
What is Run, Hide, Fight, Treat?
RUN- Escape the Area
How, When, Where?
HIDE- Disguise Your Presence
Cover vs. Concealment
FIGHT- When and How?
Mental Attitude, Identifying Good Options
TREAT- When, How
Improvised Techniques, Getting Help
*These are NOT steps, rather options
Nightmare in Ferguson Continued: Fire, Law Enforcement and Tactical Medic Response:
We’ve all been taught to check for scene safety but what do we do when the scene stays in turmoil and safety can’t be assured for days on end? What measures were taken to taken to keep EMS/Fire/Law Enforcement safe? What was the effect when VIPs and national media descended? When the situation escalated, what methods were used in an effort to de-fuse it? How should we prepare ourselves for these times of events—not only civil unrest but in the event of a terrorist act on our own soil. Chief Wylie will share experiences and lessons learned in responding to the events in Ferguson
last summer and into the fall.
Arming Firefighters: Facts and Fictions
90 mins or 120 mins
Fire and EMS responders are being attacked at an alarming pace. There have been attacks in St. Louis, Ft Lauderdale and Lexington, KY to name just a few. What’s the answer? Putting firearms in the hands of ire & EMS personnel for self-protection? What are the consequences? What are the liabilities? How much and what type of training would be required? What does this mean to our culture? In this presentation we will explore these topics and more
Catalyst Tactical Training & Consulting