Firearms 101 Course Now Available on ZAHP e-Learning Platform

The Zoo and Aquarium All Hazards Partnership (ZAHP) is excited to announce a new course addition to its online e-Learning Platform. The new course, entitled Firearms 101 and created by members of the AZA Safety Committee, is now available at no cost to all registered members of ZAHP’s E-Learning Platform.

To register for the e-Learning Platform, click here.

This course is based off a webinar of the same title hosted by ZAHP in February 2022. Read the course description for Firearms 101 below to learn more:

Being prepared for any emergency takes on a whole new meaning when working with potentially deadly animals. The zoo and aquarium industry is one of only a few that requires preparing for the use of firearms in a public space. But where do you start? This course will provide an overview of the unique setting that zoos and aquariums present, different types of teams and responses, determining who is on the team, training, and more! If you have recently been charged with leading your firearms response, or undertaken a critical review of an existing firearms program, this course is for you.

Presenters for this course include:

  • Dave Ruhl – Vice President of Operations and Campus Planning, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
  • Dan Marsh – Director of Education and Volunteer Services, Cincinnati Zoo
  • Adam Fink – Zoologic Manager, Oakland Zoo
  • Patrick Schlemmer – Curator of Invertebrates and Special Projects, San Francisco Zoo
  • Jason Witmer – Director of Facilities and Grounds, Palm Beach Zoo

Disclaimer: This course is advisory in nature, informational in content, and intended to assist facilities in providing a safe and healthful environment. Considerations therein do not replace or override any applicable federal, state, or local laws, regulations or ordinances. Content may not address all of the safety concerns for a specific facility. It is the responsibility of each facility through the application of technical judgment and experience to determine the appropriate procedures for that facility. Views expressed in the course are solely those of the speakers and not AZA.