It feels like every day, you hear about an incident involving "Active Shooters." Now, we have no control over what creates these people, or what motivates them, or if terrorism or psychotropic drugs are involved. These incidents involve the use of a variety of weapons ranging from firearms and explosives, to knives and vehicles. The only thing we can control is our response to the threat.
Once such response now being taught to many different agencies is Immediate Action Rapid Deployment (IARD). It is important that first responders learn how to respond to and neutralize a threat quickly and effectively. Keeping the training fresh with so many responders is proving to be the difficult part.
We have a number of solutions that can help. Our instructors are former military with experience engaging armed attackers. If you are going to practice military drills, doesn't it make sense to train with experienced operators?