Why did we create an active shooter training for businesses program?
Most businesses have policies in place outlining responses to different types of crises. Every business follows fire codes and many have a response plan in place for critical incidents such as a bomb threat.
The same concept of writing policies, creating a plan, training staff, and then practicing these procedures does not apply as it should regarding an active shooter, threat, or disgruntled employee.
Going through an active shooter training for businesses and building a plan for this type of event is critical in protecting the workplace’s most valuable assets: the employees.
What Is An Active Shooter Incident?
The term active shooter is defined by the FBI as, “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area”. The term active shooter training is defined as a series of training strategies designed to minimize mass causalities in the event of an active shooter or active killer.
Our definition of active shooter training omits the target audience because different professions require specific training (i.e. active shooter training for teachers versus active shooter training for law enforcement).
If you See Something, Say Something
One of the key concepts in Active Threat Response training is “If you see something, say something.”
An employee would most likely never start his or her first day of work upset or angered and continue each day that way. (And, if such employee did, one would hope the manager would meet with the employee quite frequently to get to learn of his or her dissatisfaction).
In most active shooter incidents, something triggers the negative thought, the event its planned and then later executed. However, there are usually a variety of warning signs during this planning stage.
We recognize the importance of reporting suspicious actions in preventing incidents. But what can one do when after all measures have been taken to prevent a tragedy and it still occurs?
Active Threat Response Program
This is why we developed a comprehensive, in-depth training program. Our program provides lecture based training, with real-life scenarios. This is important to help you develop the confidence to defend yourself against an active shooter. At Guardian Defense, we call this program the Active Threat Response Program (ATRP).
The active shooter training for businesses program is offered in 3-steps:
- ATRP Business Program Lecture
- ATRP Mock Scenarios: Practical and Simulation, and
- Confidential Business Security Survey.
We encourage businesses to assess their current safety procedures, and then challenge themselves through our training.