What comes to mind when you hear the words, professional, experience, accuracy, and top training? To me, I immediately think of Silverback Safety and Training Solutions, Inc. Why? I was honored to be a speaker at a recent Silverback training event and experienced their training firsthand. My specialty is threat awareness. As a former U.S. Secret Service Psychologist and CIA Intelligence Officer with scores of government contracts under my belt, I have both trained and have been trained for decades. Given my specialty, I have been exposed to manuals, books, lectures, and hands-on training. I assure you; I know what works and what doesn’t work. I place Silverback at the top of my list as the go-to group for hands-on training in how to manage high stress and save lives in life threatening events, attacks, and calamities.
Why does Silverback shine? When I provided my talk at Silverback training, I stayed and participated in three days of advanced training. The first thing I noticed was this was very different. It was not a boring whiteboard presentation. It was not being given a manual to read with follow-up quiz. It was not an academic exercise of any type. It WAS a down to Earth, hands-on training involving everyone and led by true professionals not only trained but actually experienced in crisis-based life threatening events and prevention.
Just as one example, I have written and spoken about the 2016 Pulse nightclub mass shooting that killed 49 and wounded 53. I was very familiar with the details. But I could not feel the event. What was it like to be trapped with an attacker shooting victims multiple times as he made his way through the locked-door building? What were the sounds, what were the smells? How did first responders work to save lives? During the Silverback training, they had a life-like recreation of that event. Taking only a few trainees in at a time to ensure complete training, I walked in the door and was met with loud music, smoke, actor victims on the floor ''bleeding out,'' and it was up to trainees to immediately put their training into practical use. They had to apply the techniques they had just learned. It was exceptional training, to say the least, and as a threat expert covering the details of that event, I now had an idea what it was really like.
During their training, I heard accounts of the Ft. Hood massacre from true hero survivors. Yes, they were actually there. I was riveted to every word and learned/felt what victims experienced and the PTSD that can result with long lasting effects. I learned first aid techniques such as packing a wound to save lives during tragic events. I also learned more about prevention.
This is only a small sample of the reality of Silverback training. I want to go back and experience more. The trainers are real and have been there. I came away from the training realizing even more the difference between a first aid manual and truly experiencing how to save lives in the midst of a crisis situation. Bottom line, Silverback Safety and Training Solutions, Inc. must be experienced. They have focused on schools, law enforcement, military, commercial companies, and many more. People are people regardless of the setting, and in a life threatening situation the training is the constant that is a difference that makes a difference. I highly recommend Silverback for your hands-on professional, experienced, accurate, and topnotch instruction.