Active "Killer" Training: What to do when the killing starts at work
CINCINNATI (Rich Jaffe) - The Kansas shootings by Cedric Ford are the latest in a long line of workplace killings.
The question is what can be done to limit casualties in the future? The answer may lie in training and preparation.
The killer is walking into a classroom. A simple water bottle becomes a potentially life saving distraction. And two unarmed people take the killer down because they were trained how to do it.
Since January 2011 through December's San Bernardino killings, there have been at least 18 active shooter or active killer events around the world. Most of them have been in the United States and almost all of those in places posted as gun free zones. People in the workplace are the number one target; adults and children in education facilities number two.
Instructor Bob Cutajar for Active "Killer" Training said, "Sometimes they approach with the weapon already out, sometimes they approach with the over-sized jacket in the middle of summer in Tampa. It's 85 degrees and 95 percent humidity, we call that in law enforcement, a clue!"
Army Reserve Lt. Colonel Cutajar has spent years in the Middle East. Now he and others are applying their life saving skills at Cincinnati State College. Attending the Active Shooter Awareness class was a stay at home mom, healthcare workers, a retired executive and law enforcement among others.
They learned the mantra of run, hide, fight.
Walking into the darkened room Cutajar said, "If I turn the lights out and I got all the windows pulled and it's dark in here and I put a chair here or maybe a table here and this person comes in most people don't look low middle and high unless they're military, law enforcement and they're trained to do that."
The group learned most killing situations like this are over in five minutes or less so people have to act quickly. Shooters are frequently schizophrenic or on medication, an increasing number are driven by extremist ideology and some are now wearing body armor and explosive vests.
Melissa Wucinick is one of the students. She and the two men sitting next to her work for the Tuscarawas County Health Department.
She said, "It's scary stuff and it's very real and every time you turn on the news there's another shooting whether it's in the public or the workforce. More people need to be educated on this and know how to help themselves and others."
Joe Kalil trains pilots and civilians in the use of weapons. He believes employers need to follow the federal law that says they're required to provide a safe workplace and that means training on issues like this.
Kalil said, "Unfortunately it's not a reality for many people until you have the dead bodies and that's really unfortunate."
The team at Cincinnati State's workforce development unit is available to do the training for any business. There is a fee. The class Local 12 attended lasted almost five hours so it couldn't possibly all be put on TV, but there's an easy take away. Four books can easily be stuffed in a backpack. It's enough to stop just about any handgun round. It will even stop a 223 rifle round which is the standard for assault style rifles.
One of the other big keys is do everything you can to slow the bad guy down so you have less killing.
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