Activated with speed and simplicity
Withstands high velocity impacts.
Low Tech (“KISS Rule,” keep it simple).
So again after several deadly attacks over the last couple of months, we have “certificate holding experts” mass emailing their digital and podcast training courses. They focus on what they sell or advertise as the solution: surveillance cameras, computer apps., and desktop simulation role-playing! Having early warning and reactive tools is absolutely necessary and prudent, but it isn’t a well thought through strategy, nor is it pro-active.
Unfortunately, in so many active assailant incidents, the experts’ reactive strategies and tools are quickly defeated and only help record or document the incident.
How does your school, workplace, and place of worship plan to stop an active assailant at the Forward Edge of the Battle Area (FEBA); also known as the door he or she will enter to attack intended targets.
In this news video, a student talks about how the teacher had no way to lock the door during a real incident that happened just last week!
So here we are almost twenty years past one of the worst school active shooter incidents to happen in the US, and we still don’t have a simple and efficient way to lock down a school door!
I’m sure we will have some comments on this blog from one of the many the self-proclaimed active shooter experts, usually a Fire Marshal or an electric door lock salesman (neither of who has ever actually been in an active shooter incident in person).
In some jurisdictions, the code bureaucrat will “approve” you to barricade the door with a desk, chair, or a filing cabinet, but not a quick and efficient prefabricated, temporary door barricading device. He can, however, recommend a $3000 dollar per door retrofitted lock. Or he will soothe your anxiety about having an efficient and effective barricading device by telling you the “fire safety” community is working with law enforcement to adopt recommendations for barricading device options in the very near future. He will also add, very smugly, no door has ever been breached during an active shooter incident; which is absolutely not true!
There will be a consensus decision on what can be used in three to five years is what the standard reply is. That’s what we were told four years ago… What about the teacher this student talks about trying to get the door locked? I’m sure she and the students will have great comfort knowing the issue is being “worked on.”
Our device is compliant with all codes and we have the documentation to back it up. There is no such thing as an “intent” to violate the law, code, or regulation. When your life is in danger, common sense and a concept of logic referred to as “Exigent Circumstances” is what needs to be understood by all. This concept/doctrine takes into consideration the need to act logically and intuitively under crisis situations, and says in part when danger is looming—serious and imminent danger—the rules (laws, codes, and standards) under which a person would ordinarily operate are instantly transformed. In fact, in a true emergency situation there is really only one operable rule: Do what is reasonably necessary.
This is why FEMA, DHS, and safety experts insist, although not allowed under “normal circumstances,” temporarily barricading/blocking a door during a violent incident is not only exempted from code requirements but is the gold standard as a lifesaving action.