Activated with speed and simplicity
Withstands high velocity impacts.
Low Tech (“KISS Rule,” keep it simple).
With many years of direct and personal experience with violent encounters, I am still compelled to read and educate myself from what other people have learned during their own personal experiences. I also study incident analysis, research, and the conclusions given by academics, and there is always something to be learned from their insights. But I take the greatest interest in information shared from those who have actually been directly involved in multiple violent confrontations.
Being a “former Marine” I was taught by my leaders, that a professional reading program related to the dynamics of human conflict was vital to making a well informed and professional Marine. I believed it then and continue to believe it today. I generally commit to reading somewhere between one and two hours a day.
My partner and I both firmly believe personal hands-on experience is the best education an emergency crisis professional can have, but it is also vital to always be open-minded and be open to learning. As the saying goes in the law enforcement special operations community, “Occasionally the teacher, always a student.” That being said, we don’t just “buy those groceries” being sold by just anyone who has a lot of titles, but limited personal experiences. Everything is looked at through a discerning eye and closely compared with many of thousands of personal experiences of both ourselves and those we have worked alongside for over three decades.
I just finished reading Left of Bang and found it to be a very good read. But one section of the book was really an eye-opener for me. I am very well versed and experienced regarding the phycological and physiological effects fear of violence and aggression has on an ADULT human as it relates to movement and how they respond.
But as obvious as it should have been, I never really thought through what happens to small children if they were to choose to or are told to run during a violent incident. A very serious consideration when it comes to teaching and making plans for active assailant responses.
I felt it was worth sharing:
“For civilians in noncombat situations, we recommend run, hide, fight. For a civilian who encounters an attacker, the best chance for that personal survival is to put as much distance between him or herself and the threat. The greater the separation the harder it is for the attacker to be effective, requiring a higher degree of skill to use a weapon effectively and to its fullest capability. When fleeing is not viable, the second option is to hide from the attacker and create as many barriers as possible to avoid being seen (concealment) and to find protection (cover). Finally, the third option exists for the times when all other chances of avoiding confrontation are no longer available. In this case, fighting the attacker through any means available may be the only chance of survival. This option is the last choice because it is inherently the most dangerous.
Some situations may require a different set of decisions, such as when an active shooter has entered into a school. Run, hide, fight is most effective when talking with adults who are able to fully understand and assess the situation, which isn’t necessarily the case with small children. For teachers who find themselves in a situation with a shooter, the best course of action is to hide the students and attempt to keep the shooter out of the classroom. The reason we don’t recommend that teachers try to evacuate the building with their students is that the risk of a child freezing in a hallway or in the face of an attacker is too high and could risk the lives of a greater number of students. That being said, we understand that every situation is unique and our goal with this book is to provide you with the greatest amount of time left of bang to recognize the situation and take the action that is best suited for the circumstances you are in.”