With less than three years under its belt, Maryland-based RANT Strategies is combining technical training for high-risk scenarios across multiple emergency response disciplines.
RANT Strategies’ instructors are all current law enforcement officers in special operations branches from one the busiest SWAT teams in the nation, sniper team leaders, K-9, aviation, major incident response teams and maritime units. They have extensive backgrounds in the fire and rescue industry as well, coming with experience from careers in the FDNY and Washington, DC Fire Departments.
The core group of RANT instructors were all teaching together at various points for different companies. They each felt they were being held back from implementing the type of training they wanted to be doing, especially with new-courses development. So, they rolled the dice and formed RANT Strategies.
Due to their various backgrounds, yet common-core focuses, the new company felt it had its finger on the pulse of today’s public safety climate. They set out to adapt advanced training courses to challenge individuals and specialized teams to meet a higher level, while keeping it practical and relevant to reality and the capabilities of American law enforcement, medical and hazmat teams.
RANT says the training it conducts is unique. They deliver the standard NAEMT training courses such as bleeding control, tactical emergency casualty care and tactical combat casualty care. But they are known for proprietary courses such as special emergency response team medic course, K-9 medical operator program, low-light medical operator program, rappel master certification course and direct-threat engagement course.
The company says its biggest wins come when they complete a class and the participants approach the instructors to say they are taking the training back to their agencies to implement.
The company’s biggest challenge is time. The more classes they conduct, the more the name gets out there by word of mouth. They are filling the schedules quickly while trying to meet the growing demand.
RANT’s main rig is a 2004 International Workstar 7600 powered by a Cummins ISM series 10.8 L diesel. It was a former mobile hazmat laboratory and has an OMAN 7.5-kw commercial generator, a 4,000-watt pure sine wave inverter power, a Palfinger liftgate and ramp. The rear of the truck will accommodate one Polaris ranger-size UTV or two quads. Its HVAC comes via 16,000 BTW mini split, and it holds 75 gallons of clean water and 75 gallons of grey water. It has a mini kitchen, shower and toilet. There is a 50-foot pneumatic antenna mast and Whelen pioneer scene lighting.
RANT also uses two 2021 Z71 Chevrolet Suburbans equipped with custom-mounted 12,000-pound warn winches, cellular signal boosters, UHF radio repeater systems, Motorola digital radio systems and emergency lighting packages.