It’s a well known fact that active shooter incidents are becoming more rampant. The need for Active Shooter Training for the workplace is growing. No one can predict when, where or why these attacks occur. The best thing we can do is train so we are mentally ready to respond to these events.
Active Shooter Training For the Workplace
There’s several key components that a person needs to know. Any good Active Shooter Training for the workplace should include these elements.
Run, Hide, Fight!
- When you hear that sharp snap of a gun in your building, your first action should be to run away from the sound and get out of the building. Don’t let other people slow you down.
- If you find yourself trapped, find a place to barricade yourself. Try to jam the door, pile everything you can in front of it, and keep the lights off.
- You may be forced with no other decision to fight, and if that’s the case you have to fight for your life! Do whatever it takes using objects you have around you, your head, your elbows and knees are also great striking objects.
Often times it’s the objective of the shooter to take hostages for negotiating their demands. If you become a hostage, stay calm. Always be looking for an opportunity to escape. If the opportunity presents itself, don’t feel bad about leaving others. The information you can provide to law enforcement about the situation can make a huge difference in their ability to neutralize the situation.
Basic Trauma Care
It would be a disservice to not include information about how to care for yourself and others. Generally there is always someone who is going to get injured, and that person could be you. The reality is that help could be hours away depending on how long it takes law enforcement to take down the active shooter.
There are three basic ways to control massive bleeding from a gun shot wound or a stabbing.
- Tourniquets have been around for a long time. You can improvise a tourniquet with a lot of different things.
- Wound packing is a newer concept to the civilian world but has been used in the military for a long time. This involves literally packing the wound with gauze or something similar.
- Chest seals are also important if you’ve had a penetration to your lungs. You need something non-breathable like plastic to seal the hole so you can breathe.
These skills are pretty basic but it’s the difference between bleeding out or sustaining your life for a few hours until medical help can arrive.
Where to get Active Shooter Training?
Prime Medical Training has developed an Active Shooter Training course that gives participants simple, practical, and hands-on training that can prepare you and increase your chances of surviving an active shooter. You can learn more about our active shooter class, and you can view all the other classes we teach.