In 2016, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office began offering an awareness level program for community members that focuses on how to create A RESPONSE PLAN and HELP prepare for a response to a critical incident. This is a three hour course designed to explore how to train for different types of critical incidents and highlights the need to have a plan in advance of a crisis situation. The course is meant for groups of 15-50 people.
The student investigates intuition, awareness and other tools to gather information to help the student make a decision on an individual plan of action. The student is lead to answer questions such as how 911 systems work, how to use 911 text, how to communicate location and what can be done to reduce the response time in a critical incident.
Students put their preparation skills to the test through a short series of tabletop scenario exercises designed to help them think critically in a short time frame. They work in groups to solve the scenario response and then are debriefed. This exercise is framed so it can be utilized in future trainings without an EPSO facilitator.
This presentation is NOT designed to replace any current or future site safety plans. It does discuss the need for individual safety plans which should try to work harmoniously with team and group plans.