ALERRT Newsletter - September 2021
ALERRT Newsletter - September 2021
September 2021

ALERRT is pleased to announce that our partnership with the FBI to train LEOs in Level I has now reached more than 100,000 officers across the country. 

ALERRT's e-Learning

The eLearning Team at ALERRT has been busy developing an Active Attack Response Overview Course that will soon be placed on our website. The course will feature an interactive response scenario by a lone law enforcement officer to an active attack. Some of the features of this course will include a first person perspective on topics including equipment, arrival and approach considerations, driving force, tactics, linking up with other responders, and providing medical intervention.

Some of the ALERRT staff and family members were used for the filming to bring realism to the scenario. This will be an interactive experience to educate users on new statistics and re-emphasize ALERRT's concepts and principles when responding to an active attack. We are excited to bring this type of course to the eLearning website and the possibilities of engaging first responders in a new format.

We are also currently filming instructor updates and meetings concerning the ALERRT program and placing them on the eLearning site. If you are a current ALERRT user, please visit the website and become involved. We are interested in your feedback as we build and grow the ALERRT eLearning Program.

Our current eLearning course offerings have been developed in partnership with TEEX (Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service). We currently have the following courses available to take on

Active Attack Emergency Communications: this course provides first responders, telecommunicators and other professionals with information on effective dispatching to better prepare them to respond to an active attack event.

Active Attack Event Response Leadership: this course provides leaders in first response and emergency management agencies with strategic leadership and integrates response strategies that will prepare them to not only “stop the killing” but to also “stop the dying” in active attack events.

Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events Instructor (CRASE): this course provides first responders and other professionals with a model response program they can deliver to civilians within their communities. 

Users can also catch up on past ALERRT webinars: 

Fire as a Weapon: Learn about how a “routine call” can quickly become anything but routine. Hear from the first responders on the scene of a community’s worst nightmare event. Officers murdered, civilian homes and property destroyed, civilians injured, and a seemingly unfriendly press. This webinar explores how quick action, decisive leadership and good training will allow responders to get ahead of a bad call and mitigate any disaster.

Pre-Staged RTF for Large or Planned Events: Learn about how the Austin Police Department, Fire Department, and Austin-County Emergency Medical Services created Pre-Staged RTFs based on ALERRT's Active Attack Integrated Response (AAIR) course. This webinar explores how the use of Pre-Staged RTFs allowed for a quick integrated response in the city of Austin during the events in the summer of 2020.
Any problems with logging onto the ALERRT  website, accessing the eLearning site, or viewing a course, please contact our help desk at


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Meghan Smith
Program Coordinator
How long have you been with ALERRT? I have worked at ALERRT for about 6 years
What does your day-to-day look like at ALERRT? I coordinate the classes in the Midwest and Southeast regions and manage contracts for adjunct instructors and help with anything else along the way.

What’s your favorite thing about working at ALERRT? We are all here to support our mission which is incredibly important to me. Our training protects members of my family on both the first responder and civilian sides across the US. 

What is your favorite food? Going out to eat it’s definitely queso and margaritas. At home it’s steak and baked potatoes on the grill.
What is your least favorite food? Black olives – they make me anxious.
What sort of pets do you have? We have two cats – one who thinks she rules the house and one who appears for treats and scratches and then goes back into hiding.
What is one random fact about yourself most people don't know? I can’t wink. No matter how hard I try I close both eyes.
Where is your favorite place to be in your free time? I enjoy spending time with my extended family in Cherokee, NC on the Eastern Band Cherokee Reservation and at the family cabin in the Smoky Mountains above Gatlinburg, TN.
Garrett Rickman
Logistics Technician
How long have you been with ALERRT? I have been working at ALERRT for 1 year as of August, 24th. 
What does your day-to-day look like at ALERRT? I work in the ALERRT warehouse where I prepare kits and materials to be sent out that are used in our classes and help maintain the training facilities on the ALERRT range.

What’s your favorite thing about working at ALERRT? My favorite thing about working at ALERRT is working with the other logistics techs in the warehouse to do our part to make a difference.

What's one thing you couldn't live without? I couldn't live without my family.

What is one thing you have yet to cross off your bucket list? I have always wanted to visit Portofino, Italy for the amazing scenery and great food.
What is your favorite food? Chicken fettuccine alfredo.

What sort of pets do you have? I have a border collie named Dolly; she is 11 years old and has always been my best friend.

Favorite place you've traveled? Grand Cayman Islands, the water was unbelievably beautiful and the people were amazing.

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Pete Blair, Ph.D.
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John Curnutt
Assistant Director

Hunter Martaindale, Ph.D.
Director of Research
Kelly Nichols
Director of Finance
Dwayne Sander
Director of Information Technology

Zane Childress
Director of Logistics

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