Workplace Training: Active Shooters

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Active shooter situations are on the rise. According to the FBI, there were 160 incidents in the United States from 2000-2013. Today, there’s approximately one shooting incident every 18 days, with many of these occurring in workplaces. With active shooter training services, businesses can help keep their employees safe on the job. Thinking about signing your company up? Check out our Q & A below:

What is an “active shooter”?
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) defines an active shooter as an individual, “actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area.” Because there’s no pattern or method to the individual’s actions, these situations are often unpredictable and usually transpire within 10-15 minutes.

Is there anything employers can do in advance?
The best step a company can take to protect its employees is to sign up for active shooter training. Businesses should develop response plans for their workplaces and then teach and train employees on these plans, including evacuations, first aid skills and other survival tools.

What should we do in the midst of an active shooter situation?
Again, companies would be well advised to develop individualized active shooter plans that work best for their workplace and employees. In general, DHS advises employees to run, hide in a secure room with the door locked or, as a last resort, take the active shooter down to prevent further loss of life.

For more information about CTEH’s active shooter training services, contact us at 501-801-8500 or

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