Workplace Active Shooter Training

Active Shooter Preparedness & Response Training for Supervisors and Employees

Workplace Active Shooter Training (Instructor-led On-site, Webinar, and e-learning options)

Our workplace active shooter training course was created by experienced law enforcement and military veterans and is intended to help employers enhance their preparedness for the worst case scenario of violence in the workplace. There have been countless national tragedies at schools, public events, and in the workplace. The risk that they pose is real. There is no warning, and an active shooter incident can happen at any time.

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female hiding under desk during active shooter training drillRegister for this training today to prepare ahead of time so that when seconds count, employers are ready to take an active role in their own safety.

  • Concepts endorsed by the FBI and US Department of Homeland Security.
  • Behaviors that may imply threats of potential violence.
  • Modes of active shooter incidents.
  • Preparing and responding to an active shooter incident in the workplace.
  • Individual situational awareness.
  • Management’s role in responding to an incident.
  • Law enforcement role and how to respond.
  • Reporting suspicions, observations, and information to management and human resources
  • Evacuation
  • Run, Hide, Fight

What employers will receive from this training:

Workplace Active Shooter Training: What to Expect from this Course (Instructor-led on-site and Webinar options)

crime scene tape in building with blurred team conducting active shooter training drillThis course was created to help employers enhance their preparedness for the worst-case workplace violence scenario. Our workplace active shooter training course helps your staff prepare so that when seconds count, employees are ready to take an active role in their safety.   

This course can range between 1 and 3 hours based on the type of training method and options you select and is available as a live onsite instructor-led sessions and live instructor-led webinar. The Onsite Instructor-led training active shooter training for businesses session offers a presentation and videos scenarios with a question-answer discussion and an optional Active Shooter Awareness training drill that includes an evacuation or barricade (if evacuation is not an option) exercise at the end. Allow for one hour of training for one of these optional exercises. It is also combined with role-playing scenarios, suggestions for self-protection, and critical thinking in the work environment. The presentation reviews the three crucial elements for increasing the trainee’s odds of preserving life in an active shooter incident: Run, Hide, and Fight 

The information provided during our active shooter training course enhances preparedness for the worst-case scenario. It offers practical examples and strategies for responding to a workplace active shooter incident.  Each trainee must exercise personal judgment and, in a split-second, make decisions that may affect their life or safety and that of others. 

Next Steps for When the Time Comes to Face an Active Shooter

Knowing how to react to the threats posed are a key component of workplace active shooter training.

Getting away from the shooter/shooters is always the top priority. Leave belongings behind and run away. If safe to do so, warn others nearby, and call 911 when in a safe place. Describe each shooter, locations, and weapons to the best of one’s ability.

If escaping safely is not an option, find a hiding place. Get out of the shooter’s view and stay quiet. Silence electronic devices and make sure they will not vibrate. Lock doors and block/barricade them, close the blinds, and turn off the lights. Do not hide in groups—spread out along walls or hide separately to make it more difficult for the shooter. Try to communicate with police non-verbally, (for example, through text messages or by putting a sign in a window). Stay in place until law enforcement arrives to provide assistance.

The last resort when in danger is to defend one’s self. Commit to actions and act with aggression to stop the shooter. Ambush the shooter with co-workers if possible. Craft makeshift weapons and use chairs, fire extinguishers, scissors, and books to distract and/or disarm the shooter.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Related to Active Shooter Training:

Active shooter training refers to the educational programs and drills designed to prepare individuals for how to respond during an active shooter incident. It includes learning strategies, protocols, and actions to take in such emergencies.

Common response strategies include “Run, Hide, Fight” and “ALICE.” Run Hide Fight emphasizes fleeing, finding secure hiding places, and fighting back as a last resort. ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) incorporates alerting, lockdown, informing, countering, and evacuating.

Active shooter training is crucial for empowering individuals with the knowledge and skills to respond effectively during an active shooter situation, potentially saving lives and reducing injuries.

Active shooter training is beneficial for individuals of all ages and in various settings, including schools, workplaces, religious institutions, public spaces, and more. Anyone who may encounter such a threat should receive training.

While not universally mandatory, some workplaces and institutions may require or strongly encourage active shooter training as part of their safety protocols.

Training usually involves educational sessions, drills, and simulations to familiarize individuals with response strategies, emergency procedures, and ways to recognize and react to an active shooter threat.

The frequency of drills can vary, but it is often recommended to be conducted regularly to ensure preparedness and familiarity with the response strategies without causing undue stress or panic.

While the topic is sensitive, well-organized and appropriately conducted training aims to prepare individuals without inducing unnecessary fear. It is crucial to balance preparedness without creating panic.

Laws and regulations regarding active shooter training can vary by region. Some states or countries might have specific guidelines or recommendations for training in certain settings.

Regular refreshers, ongoing education, and updating safety protocols based on feedback and evolving best practices are essential for individuals to stay prepared after initial training.

Active Shooting Incidents in the U.S. and General Facts

An active shooter is defined as “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area; in most cases, active shooters use firearms(s) and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims.”

The FBI has designated 50 shootings in 2022 as active shooter incidents. The FBI defines an active shooter as one or more individuals actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area


In 2015, Congress defined “mass killings” as “3 or more killings in a single incident” in light of the Sandy Hook High School incident that occurred in Newtown, CT (P.L. 112-265). If any new or existing gun laws are to be considered in the future, they will probably warrant “requests for comprehensive data on the prevalence and deadliness of these incidents.”

In 2017, the U.S. experienced a whopping total of 346 mass shootings. This resulted in 590 confirmed deaths and 1981 victims injured.


On Friday, May 18, 2018, a 17-year-old gunman named Dimitrios Pagourtzis was arrested and detained for shoot and killing 10 students and faculty members at Santa Fe High School. The nonprofit organization, Gun Violence Archive, recorded this instance as America’s 101st mass shooting of 2018.

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