LSU NCBRT/ACE Delivers Active Threat Training to Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Nations
June 28, 2023
The LSU National Center for Biomedical Research and Training/Academy of Counter-Terrorist Education (LSU NCBRT/ACE) recently delivered important active threat response training to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) of the Flathead Reservation in Pablo, Montana.
From Monday, June 5th to Friday, June 9th, LSU NCBRT/ACE trained over 150 tribal citizens and other community members in its course, PER-375: Surviving an Active Threat: Run. Hide. Fight. This course guides non-traditional first responders in the various ways these methods can be employed. Because active threat incidents can occur anywhere, the course guides non-traditional first responders in the Run. Hide. Fight. paradigm and encourages participants to apply principles from this course to plans and procedures in their workplaces.
The trainings in June followed a previous series of Run. Hide. Fight. trainings for CSKT employees and community members in April. During those deliveries, LSU NCBRT/ACE trained approximately 70 participants.
“This class gave me a lot to think about and talk about,” said Caato Matt, one of the participants. “There are safety measures we have in place, but actually testing them and seeing how we would respond as individuals is an important part in making sure we’re safe.”
“Coming from a military, fire/EMS, and law enforcement background prior to my current employment, the class was amazing,” another participant remarked. “Even with having taken other law enforcement active shooter training from [LSU NCBRT/ACE], there were still new things I learned.”
In addition to the Run. Hide. Fight. trainings, LSU NCBRT/ACE subject matter expert Brendan Kiefer and tribal liaison Robert Holden spoke to the National Indian Gaming Commission’s 2023 Site Specific Training conference in the Blackfeet Nation on Tuesday, June 6th. They joined tribal law enforcement officers and emergency responders on a panel discussion of public safety at tribal locations and encouraged attendees to take advantage of the resources that are specifically available for tribal communities.
LSU NCBRT/ACE strives to deliver high-quality, timely training to tribal, state, local, and territorial responders. June’s training with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes is just one part of LSU NCBRT/ACE’s commitment to foster strong partnerships with tribal nations and address the specific, unique needs of tribal responders.
“The reason I pushed for the training was because our tribe needs to have it,” said CSKT Security Program Manager LeRoy Black, Jr. “We have around 1,300 tribal employees and all of them should be trained in this. It’s important for all of our employees to know what to do in event of an active shooter, and I’m going to use every possible resource from NCBRT.”
About LSU NCBRT/ACE:
LSU NCBRT/ACE is a nationally recognized center for emergency preparedness and response training located at Louisiana State University’s flagship campus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. We provide mobile training to both the national and international emergency response community. LSU NCBRT/ACE has expertise in research, development and delivery of training in the areas of specialized law enforcement operations; biological incident response; food and agriculture safety and security; school safety; and instructional design and technique. For more information on LSU NCBRT/ACE’s courses and resources, please visit ncbrt.lsu.edu.