Etzin, James
Integrating Firefighters into SWAT and Mobile Field Force: Tackling the Third Rail of Law Enforcement and Fire Service Collaboration

Well before the recent civil unrest affecting communities throughout the world, the use of "fire as a weapon" has been a significant concern for emergency responders. Whether a barricaded subject setting fire to a structure, a fire-initiated ambush, civil unrest, or terrorist attack, the presence of fire adds to the complexity of a critical incident and pushes most SWAT teams well outside their comfort zone. This presentation will arm command officers and SWAT teams with realistic options for extinguishing fire within a tactical environment, including the use of force-protected conventional firefighters, cross-trained operators, and/or fully-integrated "tactical firefighters." Participants will also gain a better understanding of how the knowledge, skills, and tools firefighters possess can contribute to operational success and also reduce the potential for deadly force.

James Etzin - Bio
Jim Etzin is the Emergency Medical Services Coordinator for the Farmington Hills (MI) Fire Department and Oakland County Tactical Training Consortium (OakTac), a mutual aid organization comprised of 40 law enforcement agencies serving approximately 1.3 million people. He is also the founder of the International Tactical EMS Association (ITEMS) and served as a United States Navy corpsman during combat operations in Operation Desert Storm and then as a full-time combat medicine instructor for the 1st Marine Division. After becoming the first Corpsman to ever attend the United States Marine Corps Military Police School and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) School, he then served as both an operator and medic for the only full-time Marine Corps SWAT team at the time. In the immediate aftermath of the infamous North Hollywood Bank of America takeover robbery and shootout in 1997, two years prior to the incident at Columbine High School, Etzin was the first in the United States to conceptualize what's now known as the Rescue Task Force approach to casualty management within such environments. He has been studying, practicing, and teaching active assailant response and tactical medicine for 35 years and is consequently considered a subject matter expert on not only the history of these events but also how to best mitigate them tactically and medically.