Are you Prepared? Most say "no".
In a recent poll, police agencies were asked if they have conducted interagency mass casualty incident response training in the past year.
The results were alarming.
Only 22% of respondents said "yes," while a staggering 74% of respondents selected "no." This lack of preparation is dangerous for all public safety agencies – including police, fire and EMS – as well as the communities they serve. And as we have seen over the years, no agency is immune from this type of high-priority, high-risk call." Police1
Prior to becoming the CEO of Crisis Response Leader Training, I was a senior operative, combat advisor, and then Hight Threat team leader. What I find alarming about our US responder training trends, including leadership training, is that there are numerous challenges that need to be overcome. These are the same trends observed by several advisors over the last 20 years within the elite forces conducting global operations; the missions are different but the leadership challenges remain the same. I encourage all of my brothers and sisters in this fight to review this list:
1. Establish a Chain of Command: Authority and Responsibility for all Actions and Operations
2. Create Unity of Effort
3. Maintain Situational Awareness at all Levels: Individual, Team, Staff, and Commander
4. Integrate All Assets
5. Synchronize the Task and Purpose of those Assets so they're used at the Right Place and Time
6. You must have a Plan; your ability to Adapt Rapidly is significantly improved by Planning
7. You have to Rehearse (including the Contingency Plans)
8. Leaders MUST Supervise Execution...and remain Focused
9. Ensure you establish a Robust Liaison and Outreach Program to Encourage Inclusion
10. Strive to Perform a Lessons Learned Review (After Action Review) process.
I sympathize with today's responders because those challenges are not easy to overcome, especially in the times we live in where budgets are slashed, political leaders use our law enforcement agencies as scapegoats, morale and recruitment are low, turnover is high, and our communities are increasingly dangerous and violent. But innocent lives are counting on us to press forward!
I recommend you look for joint, multi-agency, and community synergies for your leader training opportunities. This will help foster a more inclusive environment, integrate and synchronize various entities during actual responses, build trust and greater communication, and reduce costs...
Crisis Response Leader Training stands by our First Responders, their leaders, and the communities they serve. Reach out to me, or our Sales Director Scott Goodhart, to learn more about how CRLT can help you on these pressing leadership training issues.
By Tod Langley
Jul 07, 2022
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