School teachers and administrators have a responsibility to protect their students from dangerous situations by providing an action plan and educating the students on school safety policies. Unfortunately, the conversation needs to include how to survive one of these dangerous situations. There has been an incredible amount of coverage on TV involving school shootings in the last 15 years, and the number of incidents seems to be rising.
When you mention the term “school shooting”, many people remember the awful tragedies at Columbine, Virginia Tech, and Sandy Hook. Unfortunately, there are also many school tragedies that involve less publicized gun violence, knife attacks, and other weapons used to put students in harm’s way.
Our Silverback training programs can help educate school teachers and administrators on many of the critical aspects needed to deal with an active attacker scenario. We provide hands-on training with both the Enhanced Lock-down Tactics and BITT Training (Basic Improvised Trauma Treatment), which work together to allow the participants to understand all of the moving parts in an active attack. You will see how truly useful these skills can be in limiting the damages caused by a violent attack.
It is important to have an effective Emergency Response Policy and communicate that policy to the school and the surrounding community. Working together, the school and the surrounding community can build a strong plan of action with local Law Enforcement professionals to provide a safe environment for the students and staff.
If an active attacker event does occur, the emotional level and stress level rise immediately. You can effectively deal with this stressful situation by practicing your Emergency Operations Plan. This practice will instill confidence in knowing the necessary steps to secure yourself and help the people around you.
Workplace violence is the type of scenario that many of us don’t like to discuss or even think about. But how can a company prepare their employees for an active attacker event? And if an event like this does occur, how can a company prepare their employees with the education and skills needed to survive a violent encounter?
The business environment is constantly changing and many of today’s companies have busy offices with lots of visitors and unknown faces coming in and out of the building. Company employees should be vigilant and aware of their surroundings at all times in an effort to avoid potential violent events or warn their coworkers of a potential threat.
Unfortunately, the rate of shootings committed by co-workers or former co-workers has remained steady, with an average of 45 homicides per year between 1992 and 2006. (Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Workplace violence is growing in public awareness, with many high profile cases being covered extensively on televisions across the country. Workplace violence can have a profound and disturbing effect on everyone involved, but preparation is the key to increasing your chances of survival.
Every company wanting to be prepared, should have an emergency response plan that is properly communicated and practiced with all of the company’s employees. All employees should learn how to protect themselves and assist others who may be injured in a violent attack. Silverback offers BITT Training (Basic Improvised Trauma Treatment) courses that are specifically designed for an active attacker event in the workplace. Learn the techniques and skills necessary to give yourself a fighting chance to survive this traumatic situation.
Hands-on instruction and repetition is critically important to allow these newly learned skills to take over during a stressful event. You will be taught by experienced trauma medic professionals how to improvise medical treatments that could save the lives of your coworkers.
Times have definitely changed for the Law Enforcement community. Situations have become more violent and are more random than ever before. Our Law Enforcement professionals around the country have had to develop new training programs and responses to new threats.
Because of these new threats over the years, Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) teams were created, along with specialized training to handle hostage and barricade situations. The weapons and tactics have had to evolve over the years to deal with these more aggressive violent attacks.
Law Enforcement professionals have to continually fine-tune their training and response to an active attacker situation. Our Silverback training courses will help prepare officers for deadly force encounters, appropriate responses for static and dynamic tactical situations, and tactics for rapid deployment. Officers will learn how to setup a system of command to achieve a coordinated and effective incident response.
You will learn to develop the necessary proficiency by interacting in hands-on drills and scenario based training. Some of the areas we will focus on include: tactical scenarios, such as individual and team movements and operational formations. It is also critical for the responding officers to understand their responsibilities in an active attacker situation.
A troubling trend in this country is that violent attacks can occur quickly and when we least expect it. Many of the violent attacks that have occurred over the last few years have brought “cause for concern” to the general public.
Now, everyday citizens have to be more aware than ever about the threat of an active attacker. They need to understand their surroundings and the possible areas where they can flee to safety. These active shooter/attacker events have taken place in shopping malls, movie theaters, churches, airports, and other public places.
The cause and purpose of these attacks will be debated for years, but in the meantime, how can you protect yourself and your loved ones?
Protecting the lives of yourself and your loved ones should be your first priority. There’s nothing wrong with running away or hiding from an active attacker. Being able to effectively communicate an active attacker event to others nearby can help save lives. Also, once the event is over, it will be important to clearly communicate what you witnessed to the responding law enforcement professionals.
In most situations, we look to law enforcement to protect us, but this may be one situation where law enforcement cannot protect us. These active attacker events usually happen very quickly and there may not be enough time for the law enforcement professionals to arrive on scene.
If you find yourself in an active shooter/attacker situation, the Department of Homeland Security has put together these general guidelines for the public:
Have an escape route and plan in mind
Leave your belongings behind
Keep your hands visible
Hide in an area out of the shooter’s view
Block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors
Silence your cell phone and/or pager
As a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger
Attempt to incapacitate the shooter
Act with physical aggression and throw items at the active shooter
Fire Departments/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) professionals respond to active attacker events regularly. It is important for local law enforcement and fire jurisdictions to have common tactics, communications capabilities, and terminology to have seamless, effective operations in an active attacker scenario. These are very volatile and dangerous situations where the goal for the first responders should be to plan, prepare, and respond in a manner that will save the maximum number of lives possible.
Experience and history show that most active attacker incidents are over before the first responders arrive on scene, or shortly thereafter. Extensive planning, recurring training, and coordinated operations are all required for optimal results. The general public, Fire/EMS, Law Enforcement, and medical professionals must work together in order to maximize survivability and minimize deaths due to an active attacker event.
In order to maintain their proficiency, Fire/EMS personnel should actively review, evaluate, and revise their response plans with continued practice. Planning, coordination, communication and information sharing must be the goal of all first responders to such an incident. There must be a commitment to prepare and plan for such an incident before it occurs.
An important objective for all Fire/EMS personnel, when responding to an active attacker situation is to rapidly affect rescue, save lives, and enable operations with mitigated risk to personnel.
Our Silverback training courses have been developed to provide instruction and hands-on scenarios to deal with traumatic situations such as an active attacker event.