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The Texarkana, Ark., Police Department has a few open spots still available for an advanced active shooter course next week.

The course Exterior Response to Active Shooter Events will be held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

The focus will be equipment selection, vehicle ambushes, medical emergencies, vehicle and dismounted officer/citizen down rescue, individual/team movements, and emergency vehicle crisis response.

To register, contact TAPD Sgt. Rick Cockrell at 903-824-7641.

These courses are free for the user and are open to a wide range of professions including law enforcement, school security, fire, EMS, and emergency communications, according to information from TAPD.

The exterior response class will be held again July 1 through 3 and there are openings for it also.

An Active Attack Integrated Response course will be held on July 15 and 16. Its focus will be the priorities of work for law enforcement, fire, medical services, and emergency communications when responding to active attack events.

This course provides law enforcement officers with key medical skills based on tactical emergency casualty care guidelines, which can be used at the point of injury to increase the survivability of victims. The course also provides a model framework for law enforcement, fire, and EMS to integrate responses during an active attack/shooter event through the rescue task force concept. This course has been designed to improve the safety and survivability of victims of active attack/shooter events and increase the effectiveness, coordination, and resource integration between law enforcement, fire, telecommunications and EMS when responding to these events.

The Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center at Texas State University was created in 2002 as a partnership between Texas State University, the San Marcos, Texas Police Department and the Hays County, Texas Sheriff's Office to address the need for active shooter response training for first responders. In 2013, ALERRT at Texas State was named the National Standard in Active Shooter Response Training by the FBI.

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