Active Armed Assailant Awareness Training

Active Armed Assailant Attacks are on the rise and are occurring more frequently in both international and domestic contexts with greater numbers of casualties*. Whether it is an active shooter incident with assailants armed with firearms, vehicle borne attacks or attacks with other types of weapons, these situations can evolve quickly and unexpectedly. Alongside incidental exposure to these events (both domestic and international), humanitarian actors are continuing to witness complex, multi-faceted attacks that involve active armed assailants. Whether in a public space or during a compound breach, knowing how to respond can play a critical role in increasing survival.

This course will seek to address situational awareness which can assist in identifying possible indicators leading up to attacks. It will also explore options and techniques to survive an Active Armed Assailant Attack and detail what to expect and how to interact with First Responders on the scene. The course will examine both physiological responses and decision making processes, as well as the underlying physiological and cognitive responses of the individual and others likely to occur during and after an attack. The participant will also be exposed to a theoretical and practical Tactical First Aid component from Real Response dealing with injury, trauma and casualty management as a result of an Active Armed Assailant Attack.

The RedR Australia’s Active Armed Assailant Course is run in partnership with trainers from RedR Australia, Real Response (Tactical First Aid) and the Mandala Foundation and is co-facilitated by Victoria Police Counter Terrorism Command.  

*(Time Magazine, 2018; Aspen Insurance 2017; U.S Department of Justice – FBI 2014)

If you would like this course tailored for your organisation, please check out options for customised training here

This course is a two-day intensive format combining theory and scenario training. It is both difficult physically and psychologically challenging which should be taken into consideration by the participant when considering selecting to participate in this course. Participants are given due warning of these challenges and are expected to recognise this warning on application to the course.

It is standard practice for RedR Australia to include a qualified psychologist with extensive experience in psychological debriefs and critical incident support as part of the training team for this course. 

The Active Armed Assailant Course is specifically designed for humanitarian and development practitioners who are considering deploying and security risk managers. Nevertheless, Active Armed Assailant attacks can occur in almost any context therefore the course is targeted at individuals, organisations and members of the public wanting to learn more in relation to what proactive measures they can employ to prevent an Active Armed Assailant Attack, as well as techniques they can employ to survive should one occur. 

Aims and Objectives


This course is to prepare aid workers and members of the public on how to react and what to expect should they become involved in an Active Armed Assailant Incident.  It will examine the psychological response and decision making process during the incident as well as aspects of casualty management.


Course Objectives:

  • Explore the concept and context of an Active Armed Assailant Attack both domestically and abroad
  • Examine Risk Assessment and survival options of an Active Armed Assailant Incident
  • Examine the role and responsibilities of the First Responders during an Active Armed Assailant Incident
  • Casualty management of an Active Armed Assailant Incident
  • Psychological response and decision making during an Active Armed Assailant Incident

Course Outline:

  • Active Armed Assailant concept and context
  • Risk Assessment and survival options
  • The role of emergency responders
  • Casualty management of an Active Armed Assailant Incident
  • Psychological response
  • Case Studies

Full Rate: $ 1,500 AUD Reduced Rate: $1,250 AUD

Inclusions: All food, accommodation and training materials for two days and one night. Travel is not included.

If you currently work for an NGO or are a member of our humanitarian roster (please supply your membership number), you are eligible for the reduced rate. 

Unless otherwise stated, all courses are residential and course fees are inclusive of meals, accommodation, training and materials, but not transport to and from the venue. Course fees are in Australian dollars. A non-refundable deposit of $400 (AUD) is payable at the time of enrolment to secure your place on a course. This payment must be made via credit card through our secure payment facility.

Further instructions regarding course logistics will be provided upon payment of course fees.



Victorian Emergency Management Institute (VEMI), 601 Mount Macedon Rd, Mount Macedon VIC 3441

This residential course is held at VEMI in Mt Macedon in Victoria (60km north-west of Melbourne) and provides a range of learning experiences, including scenarios and field exercises.


RedR Australia's training facilities are located in remote environments. The closest hospitals can be over 30km away from the venue. Therefore please be prepared with all your medical needs. 

Training Times

Registration takes place from 08:30 am on the first day and activities will conclude at 4:30 pm on the final day. To receive your course certificates you must complete the entire course.


Please arrange your own travel to and from our training venues. Travel insurance is recommended for all applicants and is mandatory for international participants.

Our trainers have extensive experience in complex emergencies and natural disasters in Africa, the Middle East, the Americas and the Asia Pacific. As they are emergency response experts that regularly deploy into global crises.