LSU’s NCBRT/ACE Preparing Campuses Nationwide to Combat Threats

BATON ROUGE – LSU’s National Center for Biomedical Research and Training/Academy of Counter-Terrorist Education, or NCBRT/ACE, has launched a new training course aimed at combatting threats on campuses throughout the nation.

The Active Threats on Campuses: Protective Measures and Response course is designed to strengthen the response capabilities of those working in a campus environment in preparation for a potential active threat incident. An active threat incident can include shootings, knife attacks, improvised explosives and other kinds of attacks. 

Additionally, LSU NCBRT/ACE training is mobile and funded under DHS’s Homeland Security National Training Program. Therefore, the training is delivered at no direct cost to school systems, campuses and agencies across the nation.

Jason Krause, NCBRT associate director, said this newly designed, highly realistic training will challenge law enforcement first responders, as well as non-law enforcement campus personnel, during integrated exercises.

“It is critical for these parties to work together to prevent or mitigate the effects of an active threat,” Krause said. “Participants will examine various techniques and principles that can be used to effectively diminish casualties from active threats of all types.”

LSU NCBRT/ACE instructor Gregg Bird said the class is about building relationships between immediate and first responders to increase survival rates among victims.

“One of the key skills and learning points is that civilians are the first people on scene when an active shooting or threat occurs,” Bird said. “Giving them the skills to treat the victims in the first few minutes will ultimately save lives. We teach civilians these techniques in a way that everyone can understand. Threat incidents are way more common and prevalent today. If victims can be given immediate lifesaving medical care, that can save lives.”

During the course, participants will discuss emergency breaching, emergency response protocols, and initial patient management. Additionally, the course consists of a a practical exercise that employs various active threat scenarios intended to test the response capabilities of both law enforcement and non-law enforcement personnel.

The target audience for the Direct Delivery version of this course includes individuals who may be involved in planning for and responding to active threat incidents.

For more information on The Active Threats on Campuses: Protective Measures and Response (PER-374) please contact LSU NCBRT/ACE at or 1-877-829-8550.




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