Active Shooter Preparedness Training:
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. 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.
With emphasis being placed on training and preparation for an Active Shooter Event (ASE), BSR focused on developing 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.
Active Shooter Training Philosophy:
To better address the evolution of tactics and procedures in an ASE, BSR developed a program called BECON. Through the implementation of a set of non-sequential strategies, we learn the differences between being proactive vs. passive, thus instilling that survival mindset, and gaining the much needed confidence to make a decision and act upon it. We do it in a way that is practical, realistic, and applicable in its simplest form. We provide a common sense response to a not so common sense situation.
Utilize whatever you have available within the room to construct an effective barricade that makes entry into the room either impossible or forces the AS to mitigate it.
Just like our standard fire drills, you get OUT of the building. If you know where the threat is located and you have made the collaborative decision to egress/evacuate, do not let people’s indecisions to egress/evacuate slow you down. Help direct them to come with you, but get out of the building quickly.
If you are a Manager, Teacher, Supervisor be the “Leader”. Step up and take charge of the situation. Give clear guidance and directions to all of those you come across.
It may take an act of aggression to stop the Active Shooter from killing you or others. Becoming the attacker is not expected and may just be the action required to survive a situation.
Put out “Real-time” information as quickly as possible. Use a cellphone, handheld radio, public address system or just by yelling. The more information you tell people the more options you give them for courses of action.