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SCHOOL SAFETY

CERTIFICATION

TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

What You Need to Know

FirstLine understands that when seconds count, help may be minutes away. In our opinion, it is the responsibility of the school administration to provide staff with the ability to carry the tools they need in order to protect themselves and their students, and the Texas Legislature agrees. The School Safety Certification was created to allow certified staff members to carry their firearms on the premises of a school or educational institution for the purpose of defense against active shooters. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Pursuant to House Bill 3 passed during the 2023 legislative session, all public and charter schools in the State are required by law to provide armed defense for their organization, either via certified peace officers or School Safety Certified staff members.

 

“Sec. 37.0814. ARMED SECURITY OFFICER REQUIRED. (a) The board of trustees of each school district shall determine the appropriate number of armed security officers for each district campus. The board must ensure that at least one armed security officer is present during regular school hours at each district campus.”

This course does not only discuss defense with a firearm, however. The course goes into great detail about avoiding an attacker, denying their entry to the facility or classroom, different security options, abilities of the staff member, and much more. FirstLine's instructors go beyond the state minimum with a more detailed curriculum, relevant statistics, walkthroughs of the facility, continuing education options for students that want to advance their training, and more. 

TESTING

There are two proficiency demonstrations and two written examinations that students must complete. 

LTC Requalification - The same 50-round qualification the students passed in their LTC course but requires 90% to pass.

LTC Exam -The same 25-question exam the students passed in their LTC course but requires 90% to pass.

School Safety Qualification - a 250-round qualification that includes basic movement, extended distances, firearms manipulation, and other topics that go beyond the LTC qualification. 

School Safety Exam - a 30-question exam covering the information covered in the coursework.

CLASSROOM LECTURE

This class is comprised of 15-20 hours of classroom instruction. The minimum topics required by the State are:

(1) The protection of students;
(2) Interaction of license holders with first responders;
(3) Tactics for denying an intruder entry into a classroom or school facility; and
(4) Methods for increasing a license holder’s accuracy with a handgun while under duress.

However, FirstLine always strives to provide value well beyond the State minimum. Expect conversations about positive identification, threat assessment, mindset, and much more. 

What You Need to Bring

  • Snacks, drinks, and a sack lunch for both days (lunch will likely be ~30 minutes)

  • Their valid Texas Driver License and License to Carry (LTC is a prerequisite)

  • Pens and paper for notetaking

  • Minimum 300 rounds of ammunition, more is preferred (no steel case)

  • A serviceable handgun in a minimum caliber of .32 (must be in a case or bag)

  • 2 or more magazines (if shooting a revolver, speedloaders are required)

  • Eye and ear protection

  • A permanent marker

  • Clothing that allows movement and participation during the classroom portion

  • Clothing that protects and covers skin during the shooting portion (no low-cut shirts or open-toed shoes. Hats, long pants, and long sleeves recommended)

  • Reliable transportation to/from the range location 

Other Training Options

Because FirstLine understands that creating well-rounded defenders takes more than just a firearm, we are bundling other training opportunities alongside the School Safety Certification. These options provide the student with more life-saving capabilities and can determine the outcome of a catastrophic event. Options include:

  • Force-on-Force Scenarios

    • Converted firearms are implemented by certified instructors to safely add pressure to realistic scenarios using live opponents

  • License to Carry (8hr)

    • A prerequisite for receiving a School Safety Certification

  • BaseLine Handgun (8hr)

    • Live-fire class discussing safety, operation, and implementation of a handgun

  • Red Cross CPR, AED, and First Aid (Pediatric and Adult) (8hr)

    • These crucial skills can save lives and should be a requirement for all staff

  • Trauma Medicine Course (8hr)

    • Covers the basics of treating major trauma with a focus on mass casualty events

  • Stop the Bleed Certification (1hr)

    • A nationally recognized certification focusing on hemorrhage control

Interested in more information or a custom training plan? Click the "Contact Us" button to reach out for a quote.​

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