Our Guests: Dr. Dick Caster, FASTERSavesLives

Dick Caster FASTERSaveslives
Dr. Dick Caster, FASTERSavesLives

About Dr. Dick Caster, FASTERSavesLives

Richard J. Caster, Ed.D is one of the Originators and Founders of the FASTERSavesLives Emergency Response Program that has been protecting and saving the lives of school children across the nation for a decade. Holding a doctorate in School Administration and having worked as an Instructor and Director of the National Association of School Resource Officers, Dr Caster has a deep understanding of the need and importance of securing our nations schools as we do every building that houses our nations treasures. In the early 2000s Dr. Caster, along with John Benner, the Founder and Owner of Tactical Defense Institute, wrote a school safety curriculum that would eventually become the FASTERSavesLives Training Manual. Tragically, it took the murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 for teachers and administrators to understand and begin to demand this kind of armed and unarmed emergency training as well as the emergency field medical supplies and training that FASTER includes in the training.


  • Doctor of Education in School Administration
  • Master of Science in Technical Education with criminal justice concentration
  • Bachelor of Arts in English

Career/Work Experience:

  • Forty years public school administrative experience
  • Commissioned Deputy Sheriff
  • Board of Directors and Instructor, National Association of School Resource Officers
  • Executive Director, National Association of School Resource Officers
  • Member, Ohio Attorney General’s School Safety Task Force
  • Senior School Safety Consultant, Ohio School Boards Association
  • Genoa Township Police Advisory Committee

Instructor Credentials:

  • Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission Instructor Certification:
  • Firearms (semi-auto, revolver, shotgun)
  • Homeland Security: Terrorism Awareness
  • Communications: Report Writing
  • Communications: Interviews
  • National Incident Management System
  • Incident Command System

United States Department of Homeland Security Instructor Certification

  • Prevention of and Response to Suicide Bombing Incidents
  • Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings


  • Strategic Training Group – Columbus, Ohio


  • Tactical Defense Institute – West Union, Ohio (firearms, tactics, terrorism)

Guest Instructor/Lecturer:

  • International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • National School Boards Association

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