Course Catalogue

Immediate Rapid Deployment (IRD)

Immediate Rapid Deployment (IRD)

This course was originally designed as part of a blended learning program for the Vancouver Police Department. Only the online portion of the program has been made available to all police services.

In a crisis event, such as an active killer, patrol officers are usually first-on-scene. In these cases, Immediate Rapid Deployment (IRD) is used to effectively manage these rare, but extremely high-risk situations, until special response units are in place.

The Immediate Rapid Deployment (IRD) course will prepare officers to respond to an active killer situation. In addition to reviewing historical events that have influenced the evolution of IRD training, this course reviews the goals of IRD, and provides a theoretical introduction to IRD formations and the roles and responsibilities of different members within each formation.


Attention VPD Members:
This course is a pre-requisite to the practical IRD tactics and procedures course. Please contact the Training and Recruiting Section at VPD for more information.


Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Recall key terms related to IRD;
  • Review historical active killer incidents and their influence on the evolution of IRD deployment from contain and build resources to the immediate deployment of IRD tactics;
  • Develop an awareness of how terrorist attacks have an impact on IRD tactics;
  • Identify the mission of IRD;
  • Develop an awareness of the mental preparations required of officers when entering an active killer incident;
  • Identify the core responsibilities of different IRD teams, e.g., Contact Team and Rescue Team;
  • Identify the responsibilities when encountering an Improvised Explosive Device (IED);
  • Identify key terms;
  • Differentiate between methodical and dynamic movement;
  • Describe the general responsibilities of the Team Lead (TL), Left Cover (LC) / Right Cover (RC) and Rear Cover (RCC) for methodical movement;
  • Explain the impact of arcs of fire on an IRD deployment team;
  • Identify the responsibilities of different members in different IRD formations;
  • Compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of different pod formations;
  • Recognize the impact of different hallway intersections on the roles of IRD formations.


Target Audience

This course is designed for sworn police officers and other members of the law enforcement community including border services, corrections, and other government agencies with an enforcement mandate.


Content Provider

Content for this course was provided by Vancouver Police Department.

Price: $25.00

Content Provider: Vancouver Police Department

Language: English

Length: 1 hour

Release Date: 2016-04-06