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Field Force Extrication Tactics (FFE)
NOTE: This course was formerly known as Managing Civil Actions in Threat Incidents (MCATI): Protest Devices (PD)
Public safety agencies that handle weapons of mass destruction (WMD) incidents are required to address any civil disturbances that arise as a result of these incidents. They need to be trained to understand the principles involved in MCATI. Poor crowd management within general proximity of a WMD event can easily exacerbate the continued spread of chemical or biological contamination unless non-public-safety individuals are prevented from entering and exiting the threat zone.
Civil actions in threat incidents are known by a variety of names: riots, civil disturbances, or protests. From a small peaceful assembly to a large, out-of-control, violent confrontation, public safety officials must be prepared to handle the incident. This course provides State and local public safety agencies with the skills and tactics necessary to prepare for and successfully contend with protesters and their devices. The course combines classroom instruction detailing the history of devices, types of devices, tools to be considered for extrication, and safety considerations. It includes hands-on techniques using tools for defeating improvised protester devices. The course will teach methods of recognizing, responding to, and counteracting protester tactics, such as human chains, barriers, and improvised devices. Additional course topics will include, but not be limited to, extracting protesters, disabling devices, diverting attempts to create blockages, lock picking, teamwork, and power tools/machines.
- To identify how and when certain devices and tools can be applied to restore order
- To demonstrate the ability to safely use specialized tools and devices to extricate protesters and restore order
- To identify and protect protester rights as guaranteed by the First Amendment while still conducting extrication procedures
- To identify the legal aspects and actions allowed by law when dealing with passive resistance
- To identify the roles and responsibilities of individual members of an extrication team
How this course is offered:
This course is offered as both a resident course or a locally delivered course with a max enrollment of 24. Responders wanting to take the class on an individual basis should select an instance below and submit the application.
Prerequisites & Other Information:
The prerequisite for this course is IS-700.a, National Incident Management System (NIMS): An Introduction.
Visit https://cdp.dhs.gov/femasid/ to register for or retrieve your FEMA SID number. Once you have your FEMA SID continue on to step 2.
If this is your first time attending a CDP training course please log on to the CDP’s Training Administration System (CTAS) (link below) using your FEMA SID (above) account login credentials and fill in all required fields.
Note: If you have in the past completed CDP training it is recommended you revisit CTAS and update your information. If you experience any difficulties during this process please contact our help desk at 866-213-9699. Thank you.
State, local and tribal students should complete the Training Course Application (PDF) and Medical Screening Form (PDF), which will be uploaded to www.preparingtexas.org (Pending File). Federal, international and private sector students should read the Private, Federal, & International Sector Training page.
The application will be processd through the State Coorinator and forwarded to CDP for processing (Pending Faxed).
The State Coordinator will review the application and forward it to the CDP for scheduling.
Confirmation of Scheduled Training Classes:
•State-approved applicants will receive a confirmation e-mail with class dates from their CDP Resident Training Coordinator.
•Approximately two-to-three weeks prior to the approved class dates, the applicant will receive a "Travel Documents" e-mail with instructions to log in to the CDP Training Administration System (CTAS) to retrieve all associated paperwork and travel documents. Note: You will need your FEMA SID number and Password to enter this site.
No tuition is charged.
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