Active Shooter Training for Educational Institutions, Houses of Worship and Corporate Clients
Shots fired is the last thing you'd expect to hear on campus or in your workplace. While the possibility of being involved in an active shooter incident may be remote, the consequences can be catastrophic. That's why it makes good sense to spend some time now thinking and preparing for it. Dynamic Force Institute and DFI Security Solutions have specialized instructors that prepare students, faculty, and staff to have a survival mindset for such an incident. They further train the community in how law enforcement will respond to an active shooting situation and what pre-incident behaviors of concern are.
AVOID – DENY – DEFEND
Avoid (Run)
If it is safe to do so, the first course of action that should be taken, is to run out of the building and move far away until you are in a safe location. Faculty, staff and students will be trained to:
Leave personal belongings behind;
Visualize possible escape routes, including physically accessible routes for faculty, staff and students with disabilities and others with access and functional needs;
Avoid escalators and elevators;
Take others with them but not to stay behind because others will not go;
Call 911 when safe to do so

Deny (Hide)
If you find that you cannot get away from the shooter by exiting the structure, you must now move to deny the shooter unfettered access to you and those around you. In addition:
Lock the doors;
Barricade the doors with heavy furniture;
Close and lock windows, and close blinds or cover windows;
Turn off lights;
Silence all electronic devices;
Remain silent;
Use strategies to silently communicate with first responders if possible, (e.g., in rooms with exterior windows make signs to silently signal law enforcement and emergency responders to indicate the status of the room’s occupants);
Hide along the wall closest to the exit but out of the view from the hallway (allowing for an ambush of the shooter and for possible escape if the shooter enters the room); 
Remain in place until given an ALL CLEAR by identifiable law enforcement.

Defend (Fight)
If neither your attempt to avoid or deny access has succeeded, as a last resort when confronted by the shooter, adults in immediate danger should consider trying to disrupt or incapacitate the shooter by using aggressive force and items in their environment, such as fire extinguishers, chairs, etc. In a study of 41 active shooter events that ended before law enforcement arrived, the potential victims stopped the attacker themselves in 16 instances. In 13 of those cases, they physically subdued the attacker. On site personnel trained in the proper use of firearms and with approved access to a firearm are the most effective way to stop an attack. We offer this training as well, including annual certifications.
While talking to faculty, staff and students about confronting a shooter may be daunting and upsetting for some, they must know that they may be able to successfully take action to save lives.
Faculty, staff, students, and employees will be trained to understand and expect that law enforcement’s first priority must be to locate and stop the person or persons believed to be the shooter(s); all other actions are secondary. Faculty, staff and students will be trained to cooperate and not to interfere with first responders. When law enforcement arrives, faculty, staff and students must display empty hands with open palms. Law enforcement may instruct everyone to place their hands on their heads, or they may search individuals.
Course Overview
An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and other populated area. In most cases, active shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly.
All employees can help prevent and prepare for potential active shooter situations. This course provides guidance to individuals, including managers and employees, so that they can prepare to respond to an active shooter situation.
This course is not written for law enforcement officers, but for non-law enforcement managers and employees. The material may provide law enforcement officers information on recommended actions for non-law enforcement employees to take should they be confronted with an active shooter situation.
Course Objectives:
Upon completing this course, the participant will be able to:
Describe actions to take when confronted with an active shooter and responding law enforcement officials.
Recognize potential workplace violence indicators.
Describe actions to take to prevent and prepare for potential active shooter incidents.
Describe how to manage the consequences of an active shooter incident.

Primary Audience
All individuals, including managers and employees.

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