7 common active shooter training mistakes
Great active shooter incident training takes a concerted effort to make exercises real, relevant, interesting and captivating for all participants
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Active shooter training exercises are becoming more commonplace across the country, but without proper planning, well-meaning exercises may leave responders no better off than before or possibly even worse.
Effective active shooter training requires:
- A strong, multi-discipline exercise design team;
- A solid exercise plan;
- Buy in from the responding disciplines.
Use these lessons from active shooter exercises I have observed to develop best practices for designing, implementing and executing a worthwhile, productive and enlightening exercise to better prepare all emergency responders to respond to an active killer.