Active Shooter Training Community Seminar
Open Note to Sturgis, Michigan, Chamber of Commerce for the Active Shooter Training Community Seminar: The forward thinking of the local chapter of the Sturgis, Michigan Chamber of Commerce went well beyond what we typically witness around the country when speaking about Active Shooter Prevention and reducing Acts of Aggression and Violence. This past Wednesday, Chris Grollnek and Chris Butler of Safe2Safest spent the day with 182 participants from the surrounding area and the neighboring state of Indiana.
The focus of the seminar was inclusive of a lecture of past incidents, the reality of who the actual first responders are and the need for personal accountability to gain an upper hand for active shooter incidents and understanding these are beginning to evolve. Active Shooter Prevention is a terrible condition we will have to manage as we go and not expect to be a problem we can solve. That said, Grollnek and Butler delivered best practices of survival and mindset hitting high on expectations and putting into perspective the reality of more guns don’t necessarily create a safer environment. Grollnek stated; “its not the gun that will save you, its a more powerful weapon and that is your mind“!
While this is and continues to be an opportunity for the entire community and surrounding areas to plan, by simple word of mouth 182 seats filled in short order. The entire endorsement of Active Shooter Training and Improvised Explosive Device recognition and prevention is a welcoming topic. The Chamber of Commerce was an exceptional demonstration that when the community partners with such organizations, complex messages and misinformed fear mongering can be reversed to a simple and understandable middle ground of understanding. This training is a palatable message for families, guests, visitors, schools and most importantly, the number one target of such events, businesses. Chris Grollnek went far out of his way to point out; “we send our teenagers to safe driving courses, knowing car accidents are more likely than these types of events, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t teach them how to survive just the same”. “Its a different world we live in Chris Butler went on to say regarding the United States as the fifth most active country in the world for explosive device mitigation incidents. This followed Butler noting an average of 30 explosive device events a month take place year over year domestically. When participants understand we’re not out to make them experts, but instead provide that baseline of understanding, the survival goals of these situations is to remove being paralyzed by fear.
We are exceptionally proud of the community effort and saddened by several recent accounts of active shooter incidents in nearby communities and violent acts in other surrounding area(s). We are truly grateful for the opportunity to assist in limiting the exposure to such dangers within this tight knit community. Thank you for everything, the warm hospitality, hosting opportunity and gracious coverage. Sincerely Chris Grollnek.
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Posted Mar. 3, 2016 at 7:15 AM
About 200 people attended a community seminar about active shooter prevention and response Wednesday at Sturges-Young Auditorium.
The seminar, hosted by Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce and made possible by an anonymous donor, featured active shooter prevention expert Chris Grollnek, who has been featured on Fox News, CNN, NBC, ABC and CBS.
Grollnek opened by telling the audience what bad luck he has had. He is one of only three people known in the country to have been involved in and survived two active shooter incidents.
“I’ve learned more through experience than any textbook,” he told those in attendance.
Grollnek, a former police corporal and U.S. Marine Corps veteran, has since studied such events in an attempt to save the lives of others.
“These incidents take so much out of me,” he said. “You go there and you see these things and they never leave you.”
Grollnek went on to say that the more he speaks at seminars like the one held Wednesday, the more he hears people say “my cousin” was there (at an active shooter incident), for example.
And while active-shooter incidents may seem relatively new, Grollnek said they have been occurring since the 1780s.
According to Grollnek, the average active shooter incident takes up to about seven minutes to unfold. It requires about 17 minutes for police to respond, he said.
“I want my daughter to know what to do zero to 17 (minutes) and everything in between,” he said.
Grollnek encouraged people in attendance to begin having conversations with their loved ones about how to survive an active shooter incident. He advised that eighth grade is an appropriate time to begin talking to children.
For Grollnek, hiding is not the best option when faced with an active shooter.
“Get out!” he said.
It takes police officials an average of 23 minutes to respond to hostages and victims, he added.
“These numbers are scary,” Grollnek said.
And the profile of an active shooter? According to Grollnek, there isn’t one. The youngest ever was a 5-year-old girl, he said. The oldest was a 96-year-old man.
The number of active shooter incidents has increased dramatically since 2012, Grollnek said.
“It won’t happen here” is no longer a valid argument, he said.
Chris Butler, IED/EOD expert, also spoke at the seminar. Butler said there are 30 improvised explosive device incidents per month in the U.S., which ranks the nation 5th in the world.
A question and answer session followed.
Active Shooter Training Community Seminar