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Are You Training Just to Check a Box?

Posted by Andy Sexton on Sep 20, 2019 8:00:00 AM

For some organizations, such as South Carolina Public Schools, Active Shooter Training Drills are mandatory. They're a task on a to-do list and essentially a box that every school administrator is relieved to check off. 

Depending on what company you work for, Active Shooter Response Training may be mandatory as well. Many organizations are now requiring on-site training, video training, or some form of blended learning for their entire workforce.

It's not a small task. In both scope and importance, Active Shooter Training is a major undertaking. So, how can you be sure you're doing it right? In other words, how do you provide training that's not forgotten as quickly as it's taught? 

In this article, we'll point out training strategies that make an Active Shooter Training course successful, but first, we'll start by identifying some of the mistakes that could be undermining the training you're offering your team.

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Topics: Corporations, Schools, Industrial Facilities, Places of Worship

The Advantages of Blended Learning for Your Team

Posted by Chad Ayers on Aug 23, 2019 9:10:22 AM

A question our customers often ask us is, why does ProActive Response Group offer Active Shooter Response Training in video format if hands-on training is so critical?

It's a good question, and the answer is found in the simple fact that not every company is able to provide hands-on training to every member of their corporate team. Two things typically stand on the way:

  1. Limited budget
  2. Large workforce

When these barriers are stopping a company from providing their employees with Active Shooter Response Training of any kind, we recommend blended learning. 

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Topics: Corporations

Preventing Workplace Violence: Office Security Is Not the Same as Training

Posted by Andy Sexton on Jul 19, 2019 8:00:00 AM

A lot of employers are trying figure out if advanced security is an effective way to protect their employees from workplace violence. Putting your entire workforce through an active shooter response training course seems a little too intense. It's not something employers want to even think about, much less ask their employees to participate in.

Security precautions seem like a much less invasive solution that would accomplish the same purpose: to keep violence out of your workplace. However, there is a difference between making your workplace secure, and training your workplace for safety. Simply put...

  • Security reduces risk of emergency.
  • Training responds in an emergency. 

All of the security guards, metal detectors, outdoor cameras, and key codes for building entrances cannot beat the effectiveness of first response training. Why? Because security measures ward off potentially violent encounters, but if and when security is breached, your company needs a trained response plan.

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Topics: Corporations

4 Things You Can Do NOW to Make Your Workplace Safer in Case of a Shooting

Posted by Chad Ayers on Sep 25, 2018 8:14:00 AM

Work can be stressful enough without also thinking about things like the possibility of an armed gunman walking through the front door of your business or place of employment.

However, thinking about the potential risk is your first step to survival if such a scenario were to occur. With workplace shootings becoming increasingly common, we can’t just refuse to watch the news and hope for the best. As much as we resist even the thought of danger, we must admit the risk and take precautionary steps today that could save your life and others.

Here are four ways you can start at your workplace:

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Topics: Corporations