Thank you to Steven Smith and his team at Guardian Defense. The presentation he put on at our club was informative and powerful. We are now armed with knowledge and a plan to help us navigate through these difficult times. This valuable training could save your life and the lives of the ones you love.
On behalf of the Woodstock Police Department, I wish to thank you and your team for your hard work and efforts in helping to bring the Single Officer Response to Active Shooter Course to Woodstock. The importance of this training cannot be overstated. Your superb professionalism and skill in presenting the concepts and techniques involved in the [course] greatly enhanced the ability of all of the officers to grasp the material. This will, undoubtedly, allow the officers to be able to confront future threats, should the need arise, and win, thus saving lives.
Steven Smith is professional, knowledgeable and a great speaker. His presentation was dynamic and fluid. Steven was able to relate to our audience of commercial property managers and service providers. He gave us 5 tips to make sure we know what to do in the event of a violent situation at work. It’s scary but necessary to be prepared. The lessons we learned will greatly benefit us if we ever need to take action, to hopefully stay safe and unharmed.
This was the most valuable training I have ever experienced, and I know that the Middle School Team echoes my assessment. Your team is exceptional -- professional, compassionate, knowledgeable, and "down to earth." The most important lesson I learned is that if we have an incident, we have tools and strategies that we can use to defend ourselves. Prior to the training, I just figured we would have "no chance." The training was incredibly empowering! If there is anything else I can do to help other schools understand the value of this training, please do not hesitate to contact me. The skills we learned are truly life-saving.
The instructor was phenomenal- professional, great delivery and instruction.
The instructors were all great! Patient, informative, knowledgeable, and detailed.
Everyone was great! All departments should have this training so staff is prepared.
I learned from the Simulation ways to fight. I learned how to keep calm through my breathing and what the critical steps are to do in a real life situation.
During the Simulation portion of the ACT School Program, initially I felt great trepidation and fear. However, as the simulation commenced, I felt much more prepared, and therefore I will be more effective.
What I like most about the ?Lecture? was the step by step approach to teaching that made me feel secure
The ACT program was a fantastic training experience for our faculty and staff. We received essential training necessary to prepare us for the possible emergency. This is an opportunity that every school staff should have.
I will use what I learned to talk to my kids about an active shooter.
What I liked most about the Mock Scenario was the practice! It helped us create a plan and practice it.
The Lecture portion of the program opened our eyes to the reality that an intruder could come on campus.
What I liked more about the ACT School Program Lecture was the practicality. It was the best drill our school has ever done.
This was the BEST thing our school has ever done for us.
I think this concept is pure genius. So needed. I'm completely in awe.
The preparation and planning that went into [the ACT School Program] was obvious and much appreciated.
[The simulation taught me] to keep in mind that this could happen at any moment, anywhere.
Zach was great! He gave us several ideas and strategies as to what could happen, or what we could do instead.
[Instructor Smith] was very calm and professional. He answered all questions with such patience and respect.?
Steve is very knowledgeable and had his heart and soul into the program.
Instructor Mike was well informed and very detailed in his explanations and instructions. He also gave great reasoning for his instructions.
Carmelo was patient with our ineptitude- but treated us as if he knew we wanted to keep kids safe- awesome job!
[Instructor Colon] was very knowledgeable and courteous. He was very calming.
Carmelo is personable, truly cares, and very informed. A+
Dustin was prepared, calm, professional, and knowledgeable.
Nick had excellent perspective and advice. He was well-spoken and helpful!
Mike was amazing. He made great points and had excellent answers to our questions.?
Mike was the best! He was so kind, honest, informative, and made the scenarios feel real. We all really liked him!?
"This course took 20 years of training and real experience and made it simple, understandable, and workable."
"The instructors for the Single Officer Active Shooter Response Course were amazing. This class will save lives- both ours [as officers] and our kids."