Upstate companies weigh in on school’s active shooter training, changes need to be made

Greenville-based Proactive Response Group is responsible for training active shooters across the country. The trainings are intended for schools, churches, businesses and other organisations. 709 states that you will provide two active shooter training per year and two active shooter exercises per year. His response comes a day after the Uvalde, Texas shooting that claimed the lives of 21 people, including 19 elementary-aged children and the other two teachers. “said Ayers. “We say our thoughts and our prayers. We hear it all the time, but I think when people start killing our children, it tugs at another part of our heart. the interveners can go there, because their role increases because of the young age of the children. “The civilians are there when it’s actually happening,” Ayers said. “They are the first line of defence. They are the first ones who have the ability to positively affect the outcome if and when any of the situations should arise. great leaders during this time. Ayers suggests evacuation would be one of the best options for children and staff, which would come immediately after mass communication from the school that would identify the location and description of the shooter. “We need to provide these teachers with options that lead to their survival, and we know that evacuation gives us the best chance of surviving,” Ayers said. “If they can’t get out, we want to disperse them. Give them things to throw out the door, and that teacher must be ready to defend that class. recognizing and reporting the warning signs could serve as a preventive measure before a shooting occurs. “People reject inappropriate social media posts, inappropriate interests in weapons, inappropriate interests in active mass violence,” Ayers said. Ayers said trainings should be more in-depth, more hands-on, more interactive and taught in a way that everyone is trained to be the person closest to an active incident, as well as the closest to the victims during a disaster. situation. warning signs, options that lead to your survival and bleed control training all rolled into one. These events are occurring at an alarming rate. he thinks every classroom and workplace should have one, and everyone from children to adults should be properly trained in their use. According to a new FBI report released this week, active shooter incidents increased by more than 50% in 2021, compared to 2020. “Unfortunately, I think that number is going to increase here in 2022,” Ayers said. d nearly 100 calls from schools and businesses to offer active shooter training.

Greenville-based company Proactive Response Group is responsible for instructing active shooter training across the country. The trainings are intended for schools, churches, companies and other organisations.

Vice President Chad Ayers said the company was the first to be approved by SLED in South Carolina to provide training in the state that is required by law for schools.

“State Senate Bill 709 states that you will provide two active shooter training per year and two active shooter drills per year.”

Ayers said that despite the bill being in place, trainings in general no longer need to be a “checklist” just to meet the legal requirement.

His response comes a day after the Uvalde, Texas shooting that claimed the lives of 21 people. 19 of them are primary school children and the other two teachers.

“It just becomes, ‘Oh, no, not another,'” Ayers said. “We say our thoughts and our prayers. We hear it all the time, but I think when people start killing our children, it tugs at another part of our heart.”

Ayers said when it comes to school shootings at the elementary level, teachers become the first line of defense before first responders can get there, as their role increases due to the young age of children.

“The civilians are there when it’s actually happening,” Ayers said. “They are the first line of defence. They are the first ones who have the ability to positively affect the outcome if and when any of the situations should arise. great leaders during this period.

Ayers suggests evacuation would be one of the best options for children and staff, which would come immediately after mass communication from the school that identified the location and description of the shooter.

“We need to provide these teachers with options that lead to their survival, and we know evacuation gives us the best chance of survival,” Ayers said. “If they can’t get out, we want to disperse them. Give them things to throw out the door, and that teacher has to be ready to defend that class.

Ayers suggests that if evacuation is not an option, then a teacher must be prepared to attempt to defend the class.

He goes on to say that people recognizing and reporting the warning signs could serve as a preventive measure before a shooting occurs.

“People reject inappropriate social media posts, inappropriate interests in weapons, inappropriate interests in active mass violence,” Ayers said.

Ayers said trainings should be more in-depth, more hands-on, more interactive and taught in a way that everyone is trained to be the person closest to an active incident, as well as the closest to the victims during a disaster. situation.

“Recognition of warning signs, options that lead to your survival, and training in bleed control all rolled into one. These events are happening at an alarming rate.”

Proactive Response Group offers bleeding control training, which includes a kit to control heavy bleeding from wounds. Ayers said he believes every classroom and workplace should have one, and everyone from children to adults should be properly trained in their use.

According to a new FBI report released this weekincidents involving active shooters increased by more than 50% in 2021, compared to 2020.

“Unfortunately, I think that number is going to increase here in 2022,” Ayers said.

In less than 24 hours after the first reports of the Texas elementary school shooting, Proactive Response Group said it received nearly 100 calls from schools and businesses to provide active shooter training.

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