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Kay County Sheriff’s Office Hosts AAIR Training


During the week of January 21-25, the Kay County Sheriff’s Office hosted and attended the very first Active Attack Integrated Response Course(AAIR) Train the Trainer at the Phillips 66 complex in Ponca City. Over 100 students in the central part of the United States applied for the course with 35 chosen to attend. Thirty-four of the selected members were able to complete the 40-hour course and be certified as AAIR instructors.

This training is highly sought after and is rarely offered due to funding and venues. This AAIR training session was part of a federally funded grant awarded to the Texas State University who developed the “Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training” Group. The training included multiple Law Enforcement Officers, Dispatchers, Fire/EMS and Phillips 66 Security personnel all of which train side-by-side.

The Kay County Sheriff’s Office had Undersheriff Sean Grigsba and five deputies participate in the class along with a Tonkawa police officer, Tonkawa firefighter, two Ponca City police officers, two Ponca City firefighters, two Blackwell police officers, a Blackwell assistant fire chief, two Blackwell firefighters, a Newkirk fire chief¬† and firefighter as well as police and fire personnel from Kansas, Texas, Arkansas and multiple Oklahoma agencies.

The Active Attack Integrated Response Train the Trainer Course (AAIR) is a performance level direct delivery course designed to improve integration between law enforcement, fire, telecommunicator and emergency medical service(EMS) in active attack/shooter events. The course provides law enforcement officers with key medical skills based on tactical emergency casualty care(TECC) guidelines, which can be used at the point of injury(POI) to increase survivability of victims. The course also provides a model framework for law enforcement, fire, and EMS to integrate responses during an active attack/shooter events and increase the effectiveness, coordination, and resource integration between law enforcement, fire, tele-communications and EMS when responding to these events.

The Kay County Sheriff’s Department thanks everyone who made the training possible.