HALO Counter-Terrorism Summit Features Training for Emergency Responders


HALO Counter-Terrorism Summit Features Training for Emergency Responders

Press Release Jul 26, 2012

July 25,2012

SAN DIEGO, CA—The 2012 HALO Counter-Terrorism Summit (October 29 – November 2, 2012) today announced its course and training lineup, designed for all stakeholders in the national security apparatus, including emergency responders, law enforcement, military, government agencies and private corporations. In a historic move, the Summit will transform San Diego’s famous 44-acre Paradise Point island into a counter-terrorism battle lab. Delegates will participate in land-based and maritime tactical training scenarios, live-action demonstrations featuring the latest weapons, gear and technologies, and course education from subject matter experts. The Summit’s keynote speakers include: General Michael Hayden (ret.), former director of the CIA and NSA; Deputy Chief Michael Downing, Commanding Officer of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Counterterrorism and Special Operations Bureau; and Alejandro Poiré Romero, Secretary of the Interior, Mexico.

The HALO Counter-Terrorism Summit’s multi-track training environment will educate and prepare delegates on the most current and relevant threats against the United States. Over 30 courses will be offered, including hands-on, experiential training classes. A full listing is available at www.thehalosummit.com. Course highlights include:

  • Domestic Counter-Terrorism Insurgency Operations - Douglas Ollivant (Senior Counterinsurgency Advisor to the Commander, Regional Command-East at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan; Director for Iraq at National Security Council)
  • Domestic Human Trafficking – Chappie Hunter (San Diego Police Department, Vice Unit)
  • Extreme Close Quarters Conditioning – (Wes Doss, Khyber Interactive Associates)
  • Home Invasion Kidnapping Enforcement – Lauri Burgett (Phoenix Police Department’s Home Invasion Kidnapping Unit Lieutenant)
  • Low-Light Tactical Operations – Ken Good (former Naval Special Warfare operator; author of Strategies of Low-Light Engagements: A Law Enforcement Officer’s Guide)
  • Managing a Terrorist Attack & Investigation: On-Site Commanders’ Lessons Learned (David Williams and Richard Marquise, onsite FBI commanders of the Lockerbie and Khobar Tower attacks)
  • Narco-Terrorism – Greg Ferency (International Tactical Officers Training Association)
  • Terrorism and Terrorist Organizations: Police, Military and Private Security Counter-Terrorism Complacency – Carl Hospedales (British Armed Forces)
  • Trafficked Victim’s Account of the U.S. Sex Trade – Natasha Herzig (advocate)
  • The ER is Full: Deploying the ER to the Field – Dr. Steven Phillips (Director, Specialized Information Services, and Associate Director, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services)
  • Warrior Mindset and Practical Application - Tony Blauer (Blauer Tactical Confrontation Management Systems)

“The Summit’s education and training scenarios will require delegates to evaluate, problem solve and execute outside of a standard classroom setting, whether it be a border incursion, a maritime incursion, a natural disaster or a cyber-terrorism scenario,” said Brad Barker, president, HALO Corporation. “In an immersive multi-jurisdictional environment, war fighters, first responders and law enforcement will each be able to take a piece of the scenario and learn from each other. Fire chiefs participating with SWAT commanders are going to have a better understanding of how to work together effectively and what their counterparts need to make decisions on, without having to actually have any true physical threat to life and limb.”

About the HALO Corporation
Founded in 2006, the HALO Corporation is a California-based security organization comprised of former special operations, national security and intelligence personnel. HALO exists to provide safety and security for those in need and to improve all aspects of physical and information security, disaster response and humanitarian aid. Through its three core divisions—training and education, operational services, and science and technology—HALO supports the U.S. military, government and law enforcement agencies, and corporate and international clients. HALO operational services and specializations include: counterterrorism; kidnap and ransom (K&R); executive protection; critical infrastructure protection; disaster management and response; maritime security and force protection; and intelligence, threat reporting and surveillance operations. For more information, please visit www.thehalocorp.com.

The study will assess Florida's Division of Emergency Management's response to Hurricane Irma and determine the lessons learned.
The state funding will provide 120,000 doses for first responders, including Pittsburgh park rangers.
The budget cut allowed the department to cross-staff, using firefighters to staff ambulances due to medical calls outnumbering fire calls.
One of the two Northern California wildfires have been fully contained due to cooler temperatures and light rain.
All EMS, fire, and law enforcement agencies in the county will participate in the drill along with 100 volunteers portraying victims of the shooting.
Only one of three in the country, the "rapid extrication team" assists in rescuing injured firefighters while local crews battle the forest fires.
Duracell's disaster relief program has provided batteries to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida, and Louisiana so people can operate their phones, flashlights, radios and other necessary devices.
In addition to sending representatives from a dozen agencies to tend to California, FEMA has sent meals, water, blankets and cots to shelters and provided emergency funds to fire departments and residents.
AMR has deployed disaster response teams from California and across the United States in support of the disastrous wildfires plaguing Northern California.
The drill involved a simulated chemical attack on Campanelli Stadium.
Houston Fire Chief Sam Pena told City Council the department doesn't have sufficient funding to provide adequate training or replace outdated rescue equipment and trucks.
New evidence reveals a full six minutes elapsed between the time Stephen Paddock shot a hotel security officer and when he started shooting at the concertgoers outside, leading authorities to question police response in that timeframe.
California is struggling to contain one of its deadliest wildfire outbreaks with eight counties now under states of emergency.
In the wake of recurring tragedies like the Las Vegas shooting, St. Lucie County Fire District aims to protect its EMS and fire personnel in the event of a life-threatening call.
Hospitals, residential areas and senior centers have been evacuated as multiple fires continue to ravage Northern California, requiring every fire service and strike team in the region to battle the flames.