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Seminar Title:  
Hostile Environment Awareness Training (H.E.A.T.) for First Responders

DATES:  5/15/2018 through 5/17/2018

INSTRUCTOR(S):  James "Randy" Merriman

LOCATION:  Public Agency Training Council Training Center - 5235 Decatur Blvd, Indianapolis, IN  46241

HOTEL:  Holiday Inn - Indianapolis, IN  317-856-6200
$95 Double or Single
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COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $325.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio

James (Randy) Merriman is a career Law Enforcement officer with a background as a Special Agent with an elite Texas Governors narcotic enforcement unit. Randy is a certified as a Texas Law Enforcement Instructor and holds certifications ranging from Basic to Master level. He is recognized by the US DOD as an Awareness, Human Behavior Analysis (HBA) and Tracking Subject Matter Expert and has an outstanding reputation for the delivery of high quality training to various U.S. Department of Defense organizations and US Allies. RANDY has also developed awareness courses and delivered training to multiple federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

Randy has provided awareness courses in support of all branches of the US military and Special Forces communities. He has provided Counter Improvised Explosive Devices (C-IED) awareness programs to the US Navy EOD Training and Evaluation Units and has provided services as the course developer and instructor for the Advanced Situational Awareness (ASA) program at the US Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence (MCoE) at Ft Benning Georgia. He has delivered awareness and tracking programs to the USMC Snipers and was program developer and subject matter expert for the USMC “Combat Hunter” program. He has taught these programs to elite Military Units such as the British SAS, 3 Para, Royal Marines, Royal Tank Regiment, and has served as an instructor for the elite British Jungle Warfare Training facility in Brunei. He has trained Canadian Special Forces, Danish Frogmen Corp, Danish Jaegers, Danish EOD Engineers and the Dutch Royal Marines in their respected countries and around the globe in Awareness, HBA, C-IED and Tracking skill sets.


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Course Objectives

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In a recent survey of 256 firefighters and emergency medical workers from throughout the U.S., more than 48 percent said that they had been physically assaulted at least once while on duty. Experts estimate that there are 700,000 assaults on paramedics and EMTs every year, and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation lists assaults as one of the top 16 safety issues that firefighters face when responding to calls.

On a daily basis, first responders will risk their lives to save innocent civilians while exposing themselves to the dangers of evil men who wish to do them harm. Unfortunately, many responders have been harmed or killed while responding to assist those in need at the hands of angry shooters, terrorists, explosive devices, emotionally distraught, mentally disturbed and many other facets of danger. In light of the recent events surrounding violent attacks and assaults directed towards First Responders, PATC is prepared to offer a proactive training program designed to mitigate assaults and help reduce the risk of injury and death of responding personnel. The Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) program was developed and designed specifically for all men and women who earn a living by rushing into hazardous situations to help those in need.

The HEAT program relies on a proactive approach that teaches skill sets to dramatically enhance and improve the responders Awareness and Threat Detection (ATD) capabilities. The training can help 1st responders detect and thwart planned assaults and gives the student the ability to recognize the potential for any situation to turn hostile. This will give them the opportunity to respond, mitigate and deescalate the event before it can turn into a life-threatening situation. It benefits EMT/Paramedics, firefighters, security personnel, police officers and also helps protect all from ambush-type situations. The training teaches 1st responders methods to accurately assess bystanders and the environment and gives them the ability to predict the potential for an encounter to escalate into a threatening event.

The program is designed to directly enhance 1st responder personnel capabilities in advanced threat awareness skills and also allows an aggressive approach to observe and identify booby traps, IED’s, ambushes and other threats in a multitude of environments through threat indicators. The program teaches responders how to establish baselines in their environment and how to recognize certain anomalies that indicate potential threats using human behavior analysis, body language and environmental awareness.


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