The Active Shooter Preparedness Program at BSR was implemented in 2014 through the realization that encounters with a violent incident in the workplace, school facility, religious facility, or open venues were occurring at an increasingly alarming rate.
Here are the facts according to Tyrone Feeling, the deputy emergency safety official for a federal agency’s information technology branch. As an analyst, he writes and implements policies and procedures pertaining to the evacuation of government facilities within the D.C. metropolitan area.
- 70% of incidents occurred in areas of commerce (73, 46%) or education (39, 24%).
- 60% of incidents ended before police arrived.
- In 64 incidents, where the duration of incident could be ascertained, 44 (69%) ended in 5 minutes or less, with 23 ending in 2 minutes or less.
- 486 people were killed in the 160 incidents and 557 were wounded (not including shooters).
Through these incidents, leadership and facilities has evolved to new tactics and procedures on how to better mitigate these situations by implementing “Lockdown” procedures. As we have evolved, so has the threat. We can no longer rely on “Lockdown” alone, there is so much more than can be done. That’s where our BECON program comes in.
Barricade, Egress, Control, Oppose, and Notify: These are the 5 legs of BECON, an all-encompassing program that gives workplace management, school resource officers, school faculty, and religious leadership the tools necessary to increase their chances of survivability when such a violent incident were to occur.
Upcoming Active Shooter Preparedness Courses:
- Jan 24, 2015
- Mar 28, 2015
- May 23, 2015
*Additional class dates may be requested by organizations that would like to sponsor a training event
*Requests for training need to be submitted (4) four weeks prior to training date