First responders are our first line of defense for homeland security and they face a variety of environments that demand specialized skills and greater exposure to different scenarios. Providing such exposure is often met with funding challenges for necessary training for today’s responders.
Active shooter incidents, for example, are unfortunately happening more frequently than in the past, and require a consolidated response from law enforcement, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Services and other local, regional, state and possibility federal agencies. Training for these types of events, especially training jointly, is difficult and not cost effective. Understanding that, the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), applied their resources to finding a solution.