Training for Armed School Personnel Announced

FASTER Colorado Launching 2018 Training Classes. Three-Day Training To Stop Active Killers, Medically Save Lives.

A Colorado school staffer receives individual instruction during FASTER training earlier this year. Photo by Complete Colorado
A Colorado school staffer receives individual instruction during FASTER training earlier this year. Photo by Complete Colorado

Denver, CO – -( FASTER* Colorado —an organization committed to making our school children as safe as possible— announces the 2018 FASTER Colorado training schedule for armed school staff members. The first class is June 11-13 and will be held in Adams County, CO. The training is organized by Coloradans for Civil Liberties (CCL), in partnership with Independence Institute.

FASTER Colorado launched its first training class in 2017. FASTER Colorado curriculum includes skills to stop active shooter situations, as well as tactical medical training to deal with related injuries such as gunshot wounds.

“Colorado law already allows K-12 school staff to carry a concealed firearm on campus, provided they are designated by their school board, or charter school board, as a school security officer,” said Laura Carno, co-founder of Coloradans for Civil Liberties and Founder of FASTER Colorado. “Many dozens of school staff in Colorado are already so designated. We want them to have access to world-class training in stopping active killers and saving lives.”

The tuition is $1,000 per class member, and scholarships are available.

According to Amy Cooke, Independence Institute’s Executive VP, “We have raised scholarship money, because we never want lack of training budget to keep any school personnel from having access to this lifesaving training. We are honored to partner with CCL to help save the lives of Colorado’s school children.”

Members of the media may attend portions of the class, and conduct interviews with: FASTER Colorado Founder, Laura Carno, FASTER Colorado’s trainers (all active-duty law enforcement), and Evan Todd (Columbine survivor). At class time, there may be class attendees who are open to interviews. We ask that media not report the names, schools, or images of class attendees without that individual’s express consent.

FASTER Colorado

For more information and additional class dates, please go to For media questions, or to schedule an interview, please contact Laura Carno at [email protected] or 719-492-0211. Details of the daily schedule and location will be provided to those media with interest in attending.

*Faculty/Administrator Safety Training and Emergency Response

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joohn c.

The FIRST line of defense for our school children is their teachers. Glad to see some accept the responsibility. It is long over due.

Andy Buckmichael

I am glad to see that there is no law enforcement involved in the training, only professionals.

Yogi Bear

What part of this sentence did you not understand, FASTER Colorado’s trainers are all active-duty law enforcement?

Andy Buckmichael

And none of them have the intelligence to train anyone.


1000.00 for a 3 day class!!!! WTF. Money must grow on trees in Colorado. Bring that price down to an affordable 350.00 maximum.
I realize the people putting the class have to make money but that’s redicules.


Why would ANYONE want their name, picture or school published? The whole idea is to keep the bad guys guessing and not come to the school.