With the unfortunate rise of “Active Shooter” (“Violent Intruder”) incidents taking place throughout the United States, now more than ever, educators, administrators, emergency responders and students need to be better prepared to confront the possibility of an active shooter at their place of work.
We’ve analyzed existing training being offered to schools, businesses, etc. and have come to the conclusion that existing active shooter training and preparation are mostly made up of documents to be studied, videos to be watched and at times “live” simulations presented by Law Enforcement Agencies and other companies.
Although we are sure these active shooter training are very effective at providing information, we realize something is still missing. Something important. Something we call “Skill Development Simulations”.
Do traditional training methods really prepare potential victims to confront and effectively deal with such a high-risk situation should it happen at their place of work? During an actual active shooter incident, the natural human reaction, even for those who are highly trained, is to feel startled, feel fear and anxiety, and even experience initial disbelief and denial. Existing training should offer additional instruction to encourage building skills on how to actually react to an active shooter event.
Athletes train every day and are evaluated often. Students study and take quizzes to prepare for tests and exams to measure their learning objectives. Educators – and all other potential participants – need a tool which will allow them to repeatedly practice “Active Shooter/Violent Intruder” training scenarios from the safety of their office, home and any other location.
In order to be truly prepared for this kind of situation, one needs to practice and practice often.
Violent Intruder – Classroom Edition (VICE)
During an active shooter incident, the natural human reaction, even for those who are highly trained, is to feel startled, feel fear and anxiety, and even experience initial disbelief and denial. Training provides the means to regain composure, recall at least some of what has been learned and commit to action.
You take on the role of the Educator/Instructor in a classroom with twenty students. Your responsibility is to protect your students during an active shooter scenario. Give out instructions to your students to perform tasks or perform some of the tasks yourself. Your main goal is to create an environment to keep your students safe.
When using this simulation one will never actually see the shooter nor will one see any injured students. One will be able to listen to the sounds as the active shooter incident takes place and even hear when the shooter attempts to gain entry into the classroom.
The following video is a demonstration of the kind of training scenario we are able to prepare and integrate into your training.
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