Emergency Operations Proving Grounds

The Problem

Whether or not you respect Law Enforcement Officers, they are going to keep serving and protecting even if it costs them their lives. Law Enforcement deaths are not declining, but in fact growing at an alarming rate.

The Solution

E.O.P.G. will be a low-cost, state-of-the-art alternative as compared to other facilities serving the needs of municipalities with restricted budgets and equipment shortages, who could not typically afford to send their  First Responders to receive this effective training.

Mission

Train all First Responders how to address a threat on human life, in order to limit casualties of emergency personnel and the citizens they serve and protect.

E.O.P.G. was created to provide state-of-the-art training to all First Responders, at the lowest cost possible.

Training 

The training is designed to assist, front line on duty personnel including Law Enforcement, Fire Department, Emergency Medical Service and Telecommunicators, how to work as a team together. The primary training goal is to teach each section of the emergency responders how to communicate properly and to assist each other accomplish the priority task including but not limited to, terrorist’s attacks on the general public and or First responders and Active Shooter joint-training to protect and allow emergency medical personnel guarded access to a hot zone to render aid to victims.

Result

Thus creating a faster response through proper driving, proper radio broadcast/updates from the first emergency responders to arrive and quickly tend to victims while containing to end the threat. This will save more lives when seconds count.

A Problem Worth Solving

Law Enforcement Officers run towards danger while others run away. Prime examples are the Dallas Police Officers on July 7, 2016 during the active shooter ambush. Whether or not you respect Law Enforcement Officers, they are going to keep serving and protecting even if it costs them their lives. Law Enforcement deaths are not declining, but in fact growing at an alarming rate. Although Law Enforcement Officers are being targeted, majority of those deaths are contributed to poor training tactics. These are people that put their lives in harm’s way every day and deserve to receive top of the line training to reverse those numbers.

Firefighters run into burning buildings when everyone else is running out. In some areas, they are also trained in E.M.S. (Emergency Medical Services) and operate ambulances in addition to being a Firefighter. Firefighters work closely with other emergency response agencies, most particularly local and state Police and Fire departments. On several occasions, Firefighters and Emergency Medical Personnel have also been under attack with no way of defending themselves except to wait for Law Enforcement Officers. Just by simply responding to a medical emergency they could get ambushed, held hostage, and even lose their lives for attempting to save another.

Volunteer Reserve Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters, and Emergency Medical Personnel (who receive NO compensation) illustrates that there are selfless professionals that donate their time to provide Police, Fire and Medical coverage because it is a necessity for the community. Volunteers are perfect examples on how important it is to have these First Responders readily available and properly trained.

Telecommunicators (i.e. both dispatchers and 911 call takers) serve as the true First Responder. The response begins when they receive the call. They are the most important people you will never see. They are the lifeline for all First Responders and the public they serve and protect. There is a high level of public expectation of what type of service they will receive when they call 911 such as, the 911 call taker knows exactly where they are regardless if they use a landline or cell phone. This is a completely false belief and unfortunately 911 PSAPs (Public Safety Answering Point i.e. 911 call centers) from across the country do not have the basic and critical up-to-date technology to effectively do their job and to receive continuing education training. It wasn’t until January 1, 2014 that Telecommunicators became licensed the same as Peace Officers and Jailers. Very rarely are Telecommunicators included in training with other First Responders, yet they are in the center of communications for all active incidents for each department.

Here is one of many scenarios to consider for how important training and certification is for Telecommunicators:

Your loved one goes into cardiac arrest and stops breathing. Ambulance response to your location takes approximately 8 minutes without any delays. Brain cells begin to die after approximately 4-6 minutes of no blood-flow. After around 10 minutes, those cells will cease to function, and will be effectively dead.

Without properly and specially trained Telecommunicators, you are not going to receive the LIFE SAVING pre-arrival instructions when you dial 911. These pre-arrival instructions will guide the caller with step by step instructions for medical emergencies such as when someone stops breathing and is in cardiac arrest. The Telecommunicator will have the ability to immediately begin CPR (CardioPulmonary Resuscitation) instructions because seconds count and waiting until Emergency Medical Personnel arrive can be too late.

When major incidents occur it is all hands on deck. We are doing a disservice to ourselves as well as the community if First Responders do not start training together.

At E.O.P.G. our commitment and strategy is to train ALL First Responders together!

Our Solution

E.O.P.G will be a low-cost, state-of-the-art alternative as compared to other facilities serving the needs of municipalities with restricted budgets and equipment shortages, who could not typically afford to send their First Responders to receive this effective training.

Validation of Problem & Solution

E.O.P.G. will have capabilities to train Law Enforcement Officers including Fire Department, E.M.S. and Telecommunicators (i.e. Both dispatchers and 911 call takers) from the same agency at the same time with up to 20 people with each department.

Firefighters are going to receive training on active shooter scenarios including fire suppression with an active threat on fire personnel. E.M.S will be trained how to enter a “hot-zone” with patrol officers as their guardians to render lifesaving first aid to injured civilians and or other First Responder victims. 911 Telecommunicators will learn to communicate faster between the three main responders on the ground while relaying information to the S.W.A.T. Commander (if a team is available in said municipality). Volunteers for each department are going to be included in this invaluable training FREE of charge!

Technology

  • State-of-the-art classrooms for learning
  • Safety Team 
  • High Definition Camera System to cover all angles of training
  • Green Gas air soft new generation training firearms
  • Largest most advanced driving course
  • State-of-the-art C.A.D. (Computer Aided Dispatch) systems for Telecommunicators
  • Wave Lake-controlled water environment
  • Electronic scoring system for Shoot House
  • Electronic T.C.O.L.E. reporting system
  • Medical Triage Facility on site
  • Perimeter security for all personnel and general public including guests and spectators

Learning to train as you deploy in actual scenarios, is our key value proposition

  • Training City
  • E.V.O.C. Driving Course
  • Welcome Center
  • Classrooms for in-service and basic training
  • Parking Garage
  • Hotel/Barracks
  • Medical Triage Facility
  • Vendor Shops
  • Obstacle Course
  • Emergency Vehicle Build-Out Facility
  • Armory with Bunker
  • Indoor 200 foot Range
  • State-of-the-art Shoot House
  • 1000 yard Sniper Range-static and moving targets
  • Wave controlled lake for Sonar Boat
  • Skeet Range
  • Two Camping Zones
  • Fleet Maintenance
  • Burn Buildings for Fire Training
  • Large Observation tower to encompass Telecommunicators and V.I.P observation floor-Helicopter access close proximity to tower. Available to observe full scale E.V.O.C. and Training City with television monitors while First Responders enter training city buildings for V.I.P. first hand viewing 

Board

Banning Sweatland – President

During my service in the United States Marine Corps, I was instilled with numerous leadership traits that not only guide me through my Law Enforcement career today, but will benefit the progress and growth of Emergency Operations Proving Grounds through each phase of development.

The wash out rate in Marine Basic Training was 65% while I was attending Paris Island in 1997 Platoon 2072 Golf Company. During basic training I was selected to attend Marine Corps Security Force Training in Chesapeake, Virginia and was warned that more than 80% of the hand selected Marines would not make the final cut. After graduating at the top of my class I received a meritorious promotion and was assigned to Kings Bay, Georgia – Naval Base. This position was and still is classified. I always received a 300 P.F.T. (Physical Fitness Test). Less than 20% of Marines at the time could achieve this score.

After my service ended, I left the Marine Corps with an Honorable Discharge. I quickly started researching how to fulfill my dream of becoming a Police Officer after moving back to Texas. While determining how to get into Law Enforcement I took a full time job as an armored truck driver with Dunbar Armored. This position required a more detailed hiring process that surpasses most Law Enforcement background checks, due to the amount of money I was dealing with on a daily basis. As an employee with Dunbar Armored, I chose to put myself through the Police Academy full time while working.

Knowing my service background, I was chosen to be Sergeant at Arms for my platoon and lead our team in physical fitness training. I graduated the Police Academy after receiving the Top Gun Award and was quickly hired by a Law Enforcement Agency and have been protecting and serving for the last 15 years. In that time I had the privilege of being a Canine Handler for 7 years and received the Purple Heart. During my tenure as a Canine Handler my partner, Mary Jane and I were consistently called upon by surrounding Law Enforcement Agencies for our ability in locating narcotics and tracking. I still get called by the Dallas and Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office as an expert in regards to canine case law and or to review cases submitted by surrounding agencies.  I currently work in the Patrol Division and I am one of the top range qualifiers at my department.

I am honored to be Emergency Operations Proving Grounds President and I look forward to this opportunity to bestow my training knowledge and expertise!

Andy Whitley – Vice President

I have been a Patrol Officer for 15 years and most of my specialized instruction is with Law Enforcement firearms training. I am also an instructor at the TCC Police Academy firearms range and I assist in teaching Patrol Procedures at North Central Texas Regional Police Academy. The last 10 years, I have been a member of the SWAT Team as well as the Assistant Team Leader. This position has allowed me to provide direction and support to my fellow team members by demonstrating my knowledge of strong tactical values. I came to realize and respect that not only am I responsible for the over-all operation of my unit, but the unit’s future successes depend on my efforts and I take this realization very seriously.

I have attended approximately 25 different tactical courses during my Law Enforcement career. These courses include Advanced SWAT, Hostage Rescue, Low Light, Less Lethal, Advanced Rifle, Combat Pistol, and Combat Rifle. My strength is building search movements and tactics.

Jason Ellis – Chief Operating Officer

Currently I am the co-owner of Matrix Plumbing in Hurst, Texas. My responsibilities consist of insuring all day to day operations be completed along with managing several employees. My training and specialized background was achieved through joining the United States Army and Private Security where I made two deployments to hostile areas. I am trained and qualified on the following Weapon Systems: 240, 249B, M16, M4, M203, M9, M24, M107, M110, K47 and Glock19. I am trained and qualified with tactical driving on the following vehicles: MRAP, Stryker, LMTV, RG33 and HMMWV. 

 – Staff, Emergency Operations Proving Grounds, www.eopg.org