Earlier in the month members of the Jack County RVFD, Law Enforcement and First Responders attended a very beneficial tactical training in San Marcos.
The Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center at Texas State University was created in 2002 as a partnership between the University, the San Marcos Police Department and the Hays County Sheriff’s Office to address the need for active shooter response training for first responders. Using more than $30 million in state and federal grant funding in the last twelve years, the ALERRT Center has trained more than 70,000 police officers nationwide in dynamic, force-on-force scenario-based training. In 2013, the FBI partnered with the ALERRT Center at Texas State and named ALERRT their standard for active shooter response training. FBI Special Agents now instruct the ALERRT curriculum across the United States and Territories helping prepare state and local officers while establishing local partnerships with their law enforcement colleagues.
The ALERRT curriculum, developed after the tragedy at Columbine High School, has become the national standard in active shooter response training. The first responders to the Fort Hood shootings on November 5, 2009 had been trained by ALERRT, and credited their swift and effective response on that day to the ALERRT training they had received.
Jack County Constable Tom Spurlock believes the training is important, especially given the events that have transpired around the country in recent years. Spurlock says…
“In October of 2013, I was afforded the opportunity to attend the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training for Active Shooter Events. While there, I learned that the training team would come to our county to do further training at no charge. That training was done here in February of 2014. Members of the Jacksboro Police Department, Jack County Sheriff’s Office, Jack County Constable’s Office, as well as, officers from other local, county, state and federal agencies participated in this training covering the Level I Active Shooter Training and the Exterior Response to Active Shooter Events(Rural) Training. This October the ALERRT training center was centralizing training in what is called a Rescue Task Force which combines emergency response by Law Enforcement, Fire Department Personnel and Emergency Medical Services Personnel. Thanks to County Judge Mitchell Davenport, Hospital Director Frank Beaman and the City of Jacksboro Fire Department, five people were able to attend this training. Lt. Michael Francis, patrol supervisor with the Jack County Sheriff’s Office, Asst. Chief Jeff Jackson of the Jacksboro Fire Department, EMS Director Jeff Miller, Paramedic, of the Faith Community Hospital Ambulance Service and Reserve Deputy Constable, Chief Jim Richardson of the Jack County Rural Fire Department and also a Reserve Deputy Constable, as well as, myself. The training and working together of all five officers was really beneficial and covered many facets including debrief of various events that have happened in the past and recently. Leadership and planning training, as well as, new emergency medical practices training was also a part of the program. I personally feel that the time that everyone was together, involved in the practices was beneficial to all the agencies involved. It is our hope, of course, that these methods learned and practiced are never needed in Jack County.”