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July 2016
Active Shooter Training and Dallas Transparency    

Speaking of police training and specifically Active Shooter Training, the ALERRT Center at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas continues to lead the way. Possibly the best research-based active shooter training in the nation, ALERRT has trained Dallas police officers in the skill of active shooter scenarios. Terry Nichols, one of the founders of ALERRT, provides an excellent description of the active shooter training process at ALERRT during a recent NPR broadcast.  

Dallas has been called a leader in police training and transparency. The department says it has taken great strides to avoid the kind of confrontations and incidents that have led to distrust and frayed race relations in some communities. Dallas Police training now emphasizes de-escalation, rather than confrontation.  Their dramatic reduction in the number of complaints alleging excessive and improper use of force and number of shootings involving police are cited in the recent article published by NPR. The article cites two reasons for the decline; training and transparency.


Active Shooter Training - At What Cost

Within the last five years, there have been at least 14 prominent, high-casualty producing active shooter incidents. Most of these cases have occurred in locations where the shooter has been undeterred and unobstructed from carrying out his attack....continue reading

Citizens Submit Their Questions
Q & A 

The questions below
were asked (submitted) by non public safety professionals. We found some of the questions to be interesting, funny, and some insightful. Click on the answer to read responses or add your own.  
Q: Why did it take law enforcement three hours before going into the club in Orlando where the shooter was holding hostages?
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Q: Can a fire fighter smoke weed in Colorado?
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Q:  What was the greatest fire (natural or man-made) in human history?
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Q:  What coping strategies do first responders employ to prevent bringing the horrors of work home with them?
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Skidcar System


The SKIDCAR SYSTEMŽ is an advanced driver training solution that teaches drivers to anticipate car control problems before they occur. With SKIDCAR™, drivers experience exactly how a vehicle will behave in situations that can cause traction loss, including adverse weather, excessive speed, rapid braking or steering errors. But unlike other programs that simply teach reactionary motor skills, SKIDCAR trains drivers to think, maintain control, and avoid trouble ahead of time.


FIREBLAST  Global    


With the significant expansion of our business from the North American market to the International stage, Fireblast is now embracing our focus as Fireblast Global. This change will undoubtedly solidify our vision at Fireblast Global to be the World's leading provider of Advanced Fire Training Simulators.  As such, Fireblast Global will continue to exemplify our commitment to Integrity, Innovation, and Intellect, always keeping at the forefront, the customer's needs for the most realistic, and technically advanced training environments. Please visit our newly designed website,, for a complete listing of all products for your agency's training needs.        




Kidde Fire Trainers brings together the proven leaders in the industry to offer the broadest range of fire training solutions to meet your training needs. With more than 30 years of live fire training knowledge, Kidde Fire Trainers has the experience that instills confidence. Count on Kidde to deliver innovative training systems, installed on time and within budget.



Fire Training Systems  


Drager's comprehensive portfolio of both Class A and B professional fire training props, as well as custom configurable SCBA confidence mazes, allow solutions that are tailored to the unique needs of individual fire departments, giving Fire Fighters the ability to practice in a safe environment.  Whether you are looking for a fixed or mobile solution, let the experts at Drager help you design the solution that is right for you.  




Envisage is a high tech software company founded in 2001 to automate complex training operations for first responders and the military. We create solutions that make our world a safer place. Our mission is to improve the readiness of our Nation's public safety professionals to ensure they come home alive. The company's training and compliance software platform leads the industry, serving over 1,000,000 first responders and 8,600 public safety departments, across multiple states and the Federal Government.  Our clients are federal law enforcement agencies, including the U. S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and many state law enforcement and public safety organizations ( Twitter: 

Responder Gateway has been designed to make it easy to find exactly what's going on in the world of the emergency responder. One place. One stop. One source. This site is a great resource for anyone who wants to stay up to date about various subjects within the first responder industry and doesn't have time to waste. 

Upcoming Demos: SKIDCAR and SKIDBIKE in September

International Association of Chiefs of Police2016 Annual Conference
San Diego
October 15 to 18, 2016
Visit The Interact Business Group: Booth #1325

The 2016 ALERRT Active Shooter Conference November 6-9, 2016  Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center
San Marcos, Texas

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FSTI has provided training to the volunteer public safety community since 2006. It has been our mission to provide high quality training to firefighters while at the same time promoting community safety.

Fire Services Training Institute (FSTI) is a non-profit public benefit corporation with both state and federal tax exempt status.


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