LSU NCBRT Training Helps Rural Areas Prepare for and Respond to Potential Active Shooter Events

April 01, 2024

LSU’s National Center for Biomedical Research and Training/Academy of Counter-Terrorist Education (LSU NCBRT/ACE) is continuing its mission to bring lifesaving training to locations at no cost. This provides a valuable service to many communities, including those located in more remote regions. That service is a large part of why many choose LSU NCBRT training.

Recently, the Central Carolina Community College hosted the Active Threat Integrated Response Course (PER-340) in Sanford, NC. The DHS/FEMA certified Active Threat Integrated Response Course (ATIRC) is designed to improve integration between law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services (EMS) in active shooter events. The course provides law enforcement officers with key medical skills based on tactical emergency casualty care (TECC) guidelines that can be used at the point of injury (POI) to increase survivability of victims. It also provides a model framework for law enforcement, fire, and EMS to integrate responses during an active shooter event through the rescue task force concept using the Active Shooter Incident Management Checklist.

Michael Howie, Law Enforcement In-Service Coordinator for Central Carolina Community College, said this type of training was important for state and local agencies that serve rural areas.

“We are a centralized training facility in our state,” Howie said. “Our state and local agencies requested this training. We have the accommodations needed for the training, and our emergency personnel were able to travel to and from this site without too much difficulty.”

Central Carolina Community College, along with other agencies nationwide, recognizes that in today’s environment potential threats are no longer considered remote possibilities. This type of  active shooter training is an important tool for combating threats and enhancing the skills that save lives.

“Many agencies have been wanting this kind of training and they wanted it done by a reputable organization,” Howie said. “The LSU NCBRT instructors gave us strong support, and were very knowledgeable in their field. LSU NCBRT made an impact on our community by helping to shed light on the gaps that exist in emergency response. We learned how other agencies can work together for a better outcome.”

The ATIRC course is DHS/FEMA certified and is designed to increase the survivability of victims and casualties of active threat incidents. A coordinated, integrated response between police, fire, and EMS is critical to the efficient evacuation of these causalities to higher levels of medical care. More information on this course can be found at


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