Active Armed Assailant Awareness Training

24 Jul - 25 Jul 2018
Victorian Emergency Management Institute (VEMI), 601 Mount Macedon Rd, Mount Macedon VIC 3441
(2018 courses open for registrations - apply now)

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)

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, trainers may change from those featured here on the website.

Active Assailant 2018, TRAINING TEAM

Paul is 42 years of age and a current serving member with the Victoria Police Force as a Detective Sergeant at the Mildura Crime Investigation Office. He has 21 years of Policing experience, with the last five of those years being in a managerial role supervising and training both Junior and Senior Police members. Paul has also served for two and a half years with the Australian Federal Police International Deployment Group and has been deployed in various capacities from Investigation to mentoring and training.



Dale is a Senior Humanitarian Trainer with RedR Australia and is currently taking a period of extended leave as a police officer of 27 years.  Dale has served overseas having been seconded to the Australian Federal Police for over two years and whilst on secondment served in the Solomon Islands as part of the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands, investigating murders and serious offences committed by various militant groups.  He was then deployed to the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus as part of the UN police contingent for 9 months and served as civil-military liaison between the Turkish and Cypriot military and police forces in Eastern Cyprus.  Whilst there he assisted in the evacuation of Australians from Beirut and Tyre during the Israel/Lebanon war in 2006.  Dale has a lot of experience in initial response disaster management having performed duties during various flood emergencies and also having been the first police response following the Bushfire Disaster in south eastern Australia in 2009.  Dale is a member of the RedR Register as a Civil-Military Co-ordinator.  He was deployed in March 2015 with UNDAC/OCHA to Vanuatu as the Civil-Military Coordinator following Tropical Cyclone Pam and in February 2016 to Fiji in the same role following Tropical Cyclone Winston.



Based in Christchurch, New Zealand, Jonathan spent the first 8 years of his career as a Psychologist for the New Zealand Police. During this time part of his role involved advising regarding decision-making under pressure, working with staff in high stress and acute pressure environments, and risk management. Over the course of his career he has worked with the New Zealand Police Armed Offenders Squad (AOS) and the New Zealand Police Special Tactics Group (STG), and has spent the past 21 years involved working with and training Police Negotiation Teams. Since stepping into private practice Jonathan has continued to work with both overt and covert units of the New Zealand Police as a consultant in specialist areas."