Every day we hear of some form of violence around our shrinking world. Statistically this form of violence happens every 2.9 months in the US with an average of 4 deaths per shooting. In 80% of workplace deaths in the US, a gun or knife was used by a Co-worker!
In Canada we are less prone to the volume but we are not at all exempt from the same issue…in Canada our numbers are still significant. Our average, In Canada, is also 80% workplace violence (Homicide) incidents are committed with a gun or a knife. This statistic has only recently begun to be recovered in Canada and has seen sharp and steady growth in the last decade alone, virtually doubling in numbers every 3 to 5 years. As well in Canada, over 80% of all workplace violence incident claims results in injury to Women…OVER 80%!
We spend thousands of dollars on Fire Safety Plans, Life Safety Equipment, maintaining Fire Panels and the Training of staff on how to respond to a Fire emergency and maybe even a few other Medical or Utility scenarios…but in this brave new world there is a more recent type of threat, Security professionals have had to re-think the process a bit since virtually no one is teaching occupants what to do if they can’t safely get out!
We have a program, an Empowerment Program, that offer this innovative, exciting, informative and empowering training in North America let alone in Canada. There is a reason our company “RYCOM SG” is the only preferred service provider to the Federal Government for these products; as well as the #1 provider to RCMP and OPP policing for their fire and disaster response programs. A civilian agency trusted to work with, develop, direct and document the police’s response to emergencies in their own facilities…hopefully that fact alone defines our credibility. We are chosen time and time again by some of Canada’s most, even by the world’s standards, renowned Clients: RCMP, IKEA, DeBeers Diamond Mine, CBRE, Brookfield GIS, Government of Canada…etc. etc.
We have 2 programs:
Highlighted – Active Shooter / Severe Aggressive Behaviour
The first is a simple one that takes 2 hours, the first hour is training on the basic 3 steps adopted by North American policing agencies in Canada and the US… RUN – HIDE – FIGHT and is intended as a classroom workshop for all tenant department/area management and their back up. We can accommodate up to 20 in a single session or smaller as your space allows. Multiple sessions can be accommodated.
This program emphasizes that Running from the event is your #1 survival option.
Hiding if you are in the immediate area, an open area or are unable to evacuate immediately for whatever reason. We discuss methods, need and ways to control your panic and your environmental advantages with what we call office/worksite camouflage options.
Lastly, we discuss and practice 3 class room scenarios where the threat of imminent attack can be mitigated by the Fighting back of a group or even one person in a last resort scenario. We spend the last hour on this and have found it to be the most liberating and empowering to participants. If only because they feel that they finally have some ability to affect their own outcome and have some idea of how to react and survive.
We provide an active shooter with full safety armor and mock High Colored Fake weapon. Shooter will provide detailed feedback during the 15min final de-brief to occupants/classroom.
FOCUSED – Active Shooter / Severe Aggressive Behavior
Our second and more complete Active Shooter Drill Program has 2 parts that are designed to be the 1 – 2 punch in such an emergency. The first part is the same as above but with much more participant engagement in discussions, scenarios that would be most likely in your facility and actual (guided) design of the response your facility will adopt. We discuss workplace violence trends and establish response guidelines using tenant departmental/HR existing directives, etc. This process is 3 to 4 hrs in the morning (8am to 12pm) a break for lunch and an afternoon Actual physical shooter drill (2pm to 4pm usually) to help engage and visualise the process in a “Safe” and “Training Knowledge = Empowerment” environment designed to be fun, humorous but…ultimately…serious!
We can coordinate the drill with local law enforcement, if you wish, to allow them to utilize the drill as a Training event for them as well, and even the Fire department can be included as a mass casualty event training at an additional cost, which may be recoverable from the City and/or Department.
This process depends on the local authorities’ availability and willingness; however, they are invited guests, we act on our clients behalf and WE maintain control of the drills.
RUN, HIDE, FIGHT – classroom training of up to 30 Tenant Managers/occupants for this program – Client to provide facility.
Time required: 6 hrs per above. Time can be extended if multiple groups wish to be trained in a smaller closed environment over a 2 day period or as negotiated for large groups or occupancies.