FASTER Colorado

Free or Low Cost Training for School Staff who are Armed First Responders on their K-12 Campus

Article: Busting the Myths

  1. We shouldn’t require teachers to carry a gun.
  2. We can’t train teachers to be police officers; they don’t have the right mindset.
  3. Schools can’t afford school supplies, how can we expect them to afford guns and training?

FASTER – Busting the Myths About Armed School Staff

Article: Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is it legal for school staff to be armed on a K-12 campus?
  2. Is it necessary to have armed staff if there is a School Resource Officer (SRO) on campus?
  3. What is the training like for those who are authorized to carry on campus?

FASTER Frequently Asked Questions

Videos: FASTER Trainers and Laura Carno & Kyle Clark talking about FASTER

Details and Sign up here:

FASTER stands for Faculty/Administrator Safety Training and Emergency Response.

FASTER training enables teachers, administrators and other school employees to stop school violence quickly and administer medical aid immediately. FASTER is not intended as a replacement for Police and EMTs. Instead, it enables on-site personnel to save lives through prompt action.

We are a non-profit that raises money to deliver the necessary training at no or low cost to teachers, administrators and other school employee that have approval from their School’s District and or Board.

Please donate here to sponsor a school staff member in Colorado.

Class Information

2018 FASTER Colorado classes are being scheduled throughout 2018. School staff members from any part of Colorado are invited to apply.

2018 Schedule and Availability:

November 19, 20, and 21, 2018 – 1 opening

August 10, 11, and 12, 2018 – Class complete

June 26, 27,and 28, 2018 – Class complete

June 11, 12, and 13, 2018 – Class complete

Check back for additional dates.

While FASTER training is focused on securing our schools, the training is also open to other participants such as church staff or other CHP holders.

Class tuition is $1,000 and includes a complete trauma kit for the participants to take back to their school, church or home. Scholarships are available for school staff members, upon request, through Coloradans for Civil Liberties in conjunction with Independence Institute. We never want the lack of budget in a school or district to keep a school staff member from this life-saving training. Partial scholarships may be available to other participants.

If you are chosen to participate, you will attend an intensive 3-day class where you will learn many of the same skills and tactics used by law enforcement. Your instructors will include professional law enforcement personnel with extensive knowledge of active shooter situations. You will leave this class physically and mentally exhausted, but those who have participated agree that it is a wonderful experience and life changing class.

How we will choose participants:

You will be required to have a Colorado Concealed Handgun Permit. You may apply for FASTER before you get your CHP, but will need it before training.

Anyone prohibited from possessing a firearm will be disqualified.

You can register and/or pay securely on the Independence Institute website. We are looking for a wide range of people with various levels of experience. We will keep your answers and your identity confidential. We will not discuss your request with your school or school board, unless you specifically request us to do so.


Learn more here.