COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, July 19, 2022 – The National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) announced today endorsement of the Active Shooter Incident Management Checklist as a national standard. Having a national standard means law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services responders across the country have an accepted way of managing active shooter events.

“This puts everyone on the same page,” said NTOA Executive Director Thor Eells. “Every law enforcement, fire department, and EMS agency has their own policies and procedures. Using the Checklist enables all these different agencies to work together with the same priorities, Incident Command structure, and rapid decision-making. Most importantly, it does this with a focus on time – the fastest way to neutralize the threat and the fastest way to get medical care to the injured and transport to a hospital. It’s a game changer.”

The Active Shooter Incident Management Checklist was developed in 2013 by C3 Pathways in Oviedo, Florida. C3 Pathways provides hands-on training to law enforcement, fire, and EMS responders in management of Active Shooter Events and Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks. The Checklist is registered for use by some 3,000 law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services agencies in 51 states and territories.

The Active Shooter Incident Management Checklist is free to use with registration. To review the checklist click here;

C3 Pathways CEO Bill Godfrey said, “Ten years ago while training a group of police and fire/EMS responders, we discovered two problems. First, responders weren’t sure how to work together across jurisdictions and disciplines, meaning police with other police and fire/EMS with police. This is what we call the integration problem. Secondly, we discovered the order in which you do things has a huge impact on how long it takes to neutralize the threat and rescue the injured. This is what we call the clock problem. The Active Shooter Incident Management Checklist was created to address both of those problems.”

Since Columbine, many entities have worked tirelessly to train responders on active shooter events, including DHS FEMA, DOJ, NTOA, ALERRT, NCBRT, NERRTC, and others. Much of that has been training law enforcement officers how to engage tactically to neutralize a threat.

Says Eells, “It is abundantly clear that how you manage an Active Shooter Event can have as big an impact on the outcome as getting the first officer on scene to immediately engage the threat. That’s why the NTOA is formally endorsing the Active Shooter Incident Management Checklist as the national standard for managing hostile events. It just makes sense.”

Says Godfrey, “The NTOA has a long history of setting standards for the law enforcement community like the NFPA establishes standards for the fire service. When responders are called upon in a crisis, they want to be ready and to perform well. They want to save lives. It is impossible to overstate how important it is for responders to have the comfort and security of knowing there’s an accepted practice – a national standard – to which they should train and benchmark.”

“To have NTOA’s support and partnership added to our mission is so humbling,” says Godfrey. “We’ve spent years working with our partners to ensure the Active Shooter Incident Management Checklist process serves as a direct or indirect common core across dozens of DHS FEMA, NERRTC, ALERRT, and NCBRT courses. We are blessed with the best partners in the world. And that’s important when the mission is saving lives.”

Adds Eells, “We must train responders to manage these horrible events. We cannot fail. The stakes are simply too high.”

NTOA is the world’s strongest law enforcement operations training network. Not only do they have members throughout the United States and Canada, representing 18,200 agencies, they have members from more than 23 countries in Asia, South America, Europe and the Middle East.

Listen to the podcast interview with Executive Director Thor Eells.

Media Inquiries

National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) or Executive Director K. Thor Eells, please email [email protected] or call 800-279-9127 ext. 115.

C3 Pathways or CEO Bill Godfrey, please email [email protected] or call 877-340-4032.

About the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA)

The mission of the NTOA is to enhance the performance and professional status of law enforcement personnel by providing a credible and proven training resource as well as a forum for the development of tactics and information exchange. The association’s ultimate goal is to improve public safety and domestic security through training, education and tactical excellence.

For more information on the National Tactical Officers Association, visit or call 800-279-9127 ext. 115.

About C3 Pathways

Most active shooter training focuses on tactics to stop the shooter. This leaves responders struggling to manage the scene and the clock trying to rescue victims before they bleed to death – a critical training gap. C3 Pathways developed a response process that integrates Police, Fire, and EMS so the shooter is stopped quickly, and victims are rescued quickly, which results in saving more lives. C3 Pathways provides the process, curricula, and training to close the gap.

For more information on C3 Pathways, visit or call 877-340-4032.


ALERRT: Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training @ Texas State University

DHS FEMA: Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency

DOJ: Department of Justice

NCBRT: National Center for Biomedical Research and Training @ Louisiana State University

NERRTC: National Emergency Response and Recovery Training Center @ Texas Engineering Extension Service

NFPA: National Fire Protection Association

NTOA: National Tactical Officers Association


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