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How to Survive Active Shooter Violence

We continued the trend of having a fantastic Advanced First Aid for Extreme Violence class this past weekend. The full class of students joined us and our training partner, Peaceful Warrior Training Group, for a full day of immersive, hands on experience in not only navigating active threats, but administering first aid for associated injuries.

The first half of the day was spent in the classroom with a review of the nature of extreme violence and the biological essentials and considerations for why first care is important. Bystanders are always the first on scene when something happens, and the more citizens that have training, the more lives will be saved.

After touching on how to successfully provide first aid through techniques like the BATH assessment, OODA Loop strategies, MARCH methodology, and the Lethal Triad, students dove into hours of hands on training using state of the art equipment. TQs, emergency bandages, nasopharyngeals, wound-packing gauze, and other common trauma care supplies were discussed, evaluated, and practiced with. The bleeding machines and realistic training aids provided terrific realism.

The day wrapped up with a live scenario of an active shooter threat that featured fully immersive elements - sights, sounds, smells, and more. Students split up into role playing victims and innocent bystanders. They must navigate the chaos to control their environment and provide the right first aid as needed. Everyone performed great with their newly learned skills, improving 100% over the initial opening drill earlier that day.

This class continues to be our highest rated. If you haven't had a chance to attend, or you wish to learn how to use trauma care first aid kits (IFAKs), be sure to sign up when it returns in 2024!

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