Countermeasure Consulting Group, LLC
September 9, 2013
Active Shooter Prevention Tabletop Exercise Training
Active Shooter Prevention Tabletop Exercise Training
When seconds count, what’s your plan? – Tabletop Exercises & the Importance of Pre-Planning for a Company
Dallas, TX Preparedness is crucial for the vitality of businesses and corporations regardless of their size.
Active shooter prevention tabletop exercise training is vital to the planning and mitigation of critical incidents should one transpire. They represent a unique form of pre-planning that invites team members into an informal setting where they can discuss their ideas and roles. During tabletop exercises, individuals can chart an array of scenarios that allow them to analyze elements ranging from prevention and protection to response and recovery. Pre-planning in this manner reduces risk, teaches decisive actions, and prepares teams to response.
Both pre- and post-operational briefs are the most effective way to ensure the response to an emergency will be effective. Exercises are designed to engage threat assessment teams and prepare them to work as individual units in a collaborative effort while managing a hypothetical incident. These exercises ensure each member is knowledgeable of plans and allows the team to improve individual performance. It also defines opportunities to build on current plans and uncover breaks that could impede the capabilities to respond to an actual event. By preparing teams of responders and employees of what to expect and what responsibilities they hold assists to inoculate those involved so the response becomes trained and automatic breaking the “frozen” cycle during incidents. Time is truly of the essence in these situations.
Many of these sessions last a few hours and require little in the way of equipment, which makes them easy to perform at a low cost. Facilitators who understand security planning should lead the lesson because they can identify potential areas of concern and clarify roles of participants. Countermeasure Consulting Group, LLC has the resources to help your organization prepare and plan should an active shooter or workplace violence event occur. Providing detail oriented results to fit specifically to your organizations needs is our number one priority.
Active Shooter Prevention Tabletop Exercises by Active Shooter Prevention Experts Chris Grollnek and Dave”Bo” Bolgiano
September 9, 2013 Press Release: Active Shooter Prevention Tabletop Exercise Training
By Chris Grollnek and Tawni Ichimura
Active Shooter Expert Discusses New Style of Attacks
Apartment complex suffers arson, deliberate homicides transitioning into an active shooter, switching into a barricaded person that police take the life of to end the incident. As the end result, that is rarely the best option to resolve an incident as SWAT takes their mission of preservation of life above most other solutions. This situation pushed beyond normal boundaries and obviously gave no other option for the heroes that brought this incident to a close.
Active shooter expert discusses new style of attacks while teaching a course on the topic as a unique incident unfolded simultaneously. This past weekend, Countermeasure Consulting Group, LLC (CCG) was teaching an unarmed active shooter prevention course when the news of broke of a situation in Florida that stretched the boundaries of most fictional story lines. As an active shooter prevention expert and former SWAT officer, Chris Grollnek says this was one of the most challenging situations to decipher. Reading this incident as a non involved party, several questions we raised via; “Monday Morning Quarterbacking!” A day later, as more information broke and contacts close to the incident were contacted, we realized the situation was much worse then the article(s) lead readers to believe or comprehend. Breaking this incident down into sections shows the dire nature of this specific situation.
As we (subject matter experts in the field of critical incidents with a focus on active shooter events) research and read after action reports of incidents of this magnitude, a disturbing trend is beginning to emerge. The multiple attack portion is relevant but the pre planning and over the top impromptu decisive actions are generally on the side of the aggressor leaving the authorities on the short side of “catch up” via reaction intervals. Arson started this rampage as it evolved into an active shooter incident. While authorities were responding within the 14-minute window of the national average response time, this aggressor took advantage of that window to plan the next step of this decisive action. As police were now turning to SWAT and Tactical Negotiation teams for the “better outcome” scenario, the incident turned into a much more volatile situation. The aggressor had two hostages and a suicidal predetermined outcome planned out that continued to evolve as police were treating the situation as a a-typical barricaded person with hostages. This demonstrates that fact that force is the only option to end an active shooters rampage as threats are meaningless.
There is no way to criticize the tactics of the department or its leaders as when in the middle of a critical incident a very standard threat matrix is followed for preservation of life while weighing options to save all involved. The aggressor is always last in the priorities of life matrix but we as police sometimes try too hard to make the best call for the “best” outcome. That is where these new style attacks are beating the traditional response(s). Of course the police are damned one way or the other because no one can predict how these situations will play out. The take away for this specific after action review should be train for these new style of attacks. Active shooter incidents are near impossible to predict; but there are pre incident indicators (PII) we are using to assist corporations and institutions for mitigation and preservation of life techniques. These same PII’s could be reverse engineered for police response techniques and training for the behavioral side of response will assist in handicapping how an incident like this may evolve. CCG is in the midst of researching and developing new techniques right now with authorities from many branches of experts.
Here is the synopsis of the incident written from several reports and inside information to the incident:
On Saturday, July 27, 2013 firefighters responded to a small apartment fire inside a South Florida apartment complex Friday evening, only to find themselves in the middle of an active shooter situation. When firefighters arrived around 6:30pm, they heard multiple gunshots and immediately called police to the scene. Before officers arrived, the gunman managed to shoot and kill six victims. The gunman and police exchanged gunfire for almost five hours, moving in and out of units and hallways within an apartment complex that housed approximately 90 units.
A married couple who managed the building were among those killed initially. Reports state the couple ran towards the unit when they saw smoke coming out of it, and as they got closer the gunman came outside and shot them. The gunman then re-entered the burning apartment and went onto his fourth-story balcony were he fired at least 20 more shots into the street below, killing a man who had just arrived home from work. He then proceeded to kick down the apartment door where a family of three lived, shooting and killing them all. Eventually the gunman took two hostages and barricaded himself inside one of the units. He managed to hold police off for another three hours as officers tried to negotiate with the suspect. After negotiations fell apart, a SWAT team entered the apartment, killing the gunman and safely rescuing the two hostages inside.
The gunman would be later identified as Pedro Alberto Vargas, a 42-year-old male who lived with his mother at the apartment complex in Hialeah, Florida. Neighbors described Vargas as an individual who seemed lonely and anti-social. He carried little conversation with anyone as he came and went from his home. Those at a local gym that Vargas attended said they would see him in there working out very frequently. That he mostly worked out alone, sometimes for several hours at a time. One individual in particular stated that Vargas would vent his frustration to him occasionally, in reference to his bad experiences with women and losing all his hair from steroid use. Vargas told the individual that he came to the gym often in order to “keep him normal” and get out his anger. Vargas had no known criminal history and police described his past as “unremarkable.” Investigators continue to look for answers and have yet to determine an alleged motive for this deadly attack.
Subject Matter Experts on Active Shooter Events
The following saying holds true in every situation, not just in sports, that your best offense is a good defense according to subject matter experts on active shooter events. According to Chris Grollnek and Dave Bolgiano (two of the leading experts in active shooter prevention); “in today’s society, small and large businesses need to be prepared for any potential threat or hazard to their business.” Not only is this an ethical part of doing business, it is required by law. The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), requires employers to provide their employees with a place of employment that “is free from recognizable hazards that are causing or likely to cause death or serious harm to employees.” In other words, a business has a legal obligation to provide a workplace free of conditions or activities that either the employer or industry recognizes as hazardous and that cause, or are likely to cause, death or serious physical harm to employees when there is a feasible method to abate the hazard.
Recent court rulings throughout the country have allowed negligence suits filed by victims of Active Shooters to proceed against employers for failing to provide defensive training to their employees. Companies can no longer avoid their corporate responsibility to provide training on both how to spot potential active shooters and on how react if so confronted.
Subject matter experts all agree that companies must seriously consider individual, customized training to their specific needs and situations as related to workplace violence and active shooter prevention. ‘Wait and see’ and having a mindset of ‘it will never happen to me’ is no longer an option. Negligence to these types of situations is not acceptable, and those who choose to carry this “invincible” type of mindset are vulnerable and will be held liable if and when an active shooter event happens to them.
Countermeasure Consulting Group is the only Active Shooter Prevention service out there that offers companies customized training and mitigation techniques. If your business has yet to do anything to develop a plan or defense against the potential threat of an active shooter, please check out the variety of services offered by CCG, or feel free to contact us personally with any questions or concerns.
Subject Matter Experts on Active Shooter Events
by: Chris Grollnek and Dave Bolgiano
Gunman Opened Fire in the Lobby of the New River Community College
The following illustrates an active shooter incident in which two unarmed security officers responded in a quick and decisive manner to mitigate the threat and minimize potential damage.
(Christiansburg, VA) On April 12, 2013, a gunman opened fire in the lobby of the New River Community College satellite campus, located inside the New River Valley Mall. Joshua Noakes, an on-duty mall security guard, was in his patrol car outside the mall when he saw a mass of individuals frantically running from the school. Shortly after, a call came over his radio notifying him of an active shooter inside the building. He quickly directed several faculty members and students to safety, attempting to keep everyone calm until law enforcement arrived. Meanwhile, James Gorman, the mall’s security director, happened to be at the mall on his day off when the shots broke out. His survival mindset and protective instincts took control when he confronted the suspect face-to-face, ordering him to drop his weapon and get on the ground. After a few very tense moments, the suspect surrendered, and the unarmed Gorman held the shooter down until police arrived.
The entire incident lasted less than 5 minutes. Only two people – both females – were wounded: one, a part-time employee; and, the other a student at the college. Police have yet to find a relationship between the shooter and two victims, leading investigators to believe that the two women were simply random targets of opportunity for the suspect.
The suspect, later identified as Neil MacInnes, was a student at New River Community College. He entered the school armed with a 12-gauge shotgun and variety of ammunition, firing off at least 9 shots before being confronted and stopped by the off-duty security director. MacInnes legally purchased the shotgun only two days prior to the incident. In addition, the suspect was linked to some messages posted to the online forum, 4chan, just minutes before the shooting. The posts advised readers to listen to the New River Valley Public Safety scanner and included the message, “Anyways this is not a high scores game but actually a lesson (that’s why I’m at school).” Additional reports stated that MacInnis had, prior to the incident, completed a 12-week course put on by the Christiansburg Police Department that gives citizens an overview of a typical day as a police officer.
Although the gunmen managed to wound two people, the quick and decisive actions taken by both security officers prevented the situation from becoming any more devastating. An untrained guard force, when exposed to these specific situations, can actually increase liabilities. Countermeasure Consulting Group offers training to both armed and unarmed security personnel. Armed training consists of robust force-on-force training second-to-none using the same programs and training protocols used by elite special operations teams around the globe. Our unarmed training program both consciously and subliminally assists the guards to provide a safe and laddered approach to prevention and mitigation during an incident. It helps them assist your employees to escape emergent situations without actively engaging an armed subject. We know that we can increase survivability rates through teaching sound decision-making under stress.
Contact Countermeasure Consulting Group for more information on our Armed and/or Unarmed Security Team Active Shooter Prevention Training and how it can benefit your organization.
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Countermeasure Consulting Active Shooter Prevention Press Release
Leaders: the following press release was requested by a major news network earlier this week. The information contained inside the release answers the majority of questions that we get daily from several corporate leaders responsible for these types of situations. Are you responsible regarding mitigating risk against workplace violence and active shooter prevention training? Countermeasure Consulting has a long history of and proven track record for mission success and risk mitigation though positive re-enforcement. Having a solid track record staking our reputation on confidentiality of clients and procedures. Visit us today and please enjoy the information and please feel free to contact us with any questions at Admin@countermeasureconsutling.com
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Countermeasure Consulting Active Shooter Prevention Press Release, June 2013
Active Shooter Kills Four in WorkPlace Violence Rampage
On June 13, 2013, another act of murder occurred in another active shooter workplace violence incident. This time, the shooter took the lives of three people before killing himself. The police had no time to respond as the entire incident was over nearly as soon as it started. The initial reports state that a male working with co-workers (2 women, and another male) broke out in a heated argument while working at the Cherokee Place Business Incubator.
Police said the shooter and three other people yet to be identified, were killed following a heated argument between the four when one of the men shot and killed the other three following the argument and then turned the gun on himself. According to police sources, a semi automatic pistol was recovered at the scene.
The business development center in St. Louis is located in the 2700 block of Cherokee Street, south of downtown St. Louis. NBC station KSDK and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch both reported that the location is home to the Cherokee Place Business Incubator, which renovates buildings on the street and leases them as work spaces.
According to St. Louis Police Captain Michael Sack, the victims ages ranged from their 40′s to mid 50′s.
Countermeasure Consulting Group reports incidents like these to make the general public more aware of their daily situations. Awareness and planning works to mitigate these troubling events which are trending in a more frequent rate. These incidents demonstrate the need for any kind of training, to include the free video on our web-site but a video is not enough to curb behavior in sudden stressful situations.
As the founder of Countermeasure Consulting Group, LLC, Chris Grollnek is considered one of the leading active shooter prevention experts. Being involved in three active shooter incidents domestically, two as a police officer and one as a civilian (on vacation with his family) gives Grollnek the unique insight to how others act or fail to react in a critical incident. Without knowing what a person will do in such incidents, training is the only way to work through that risk to ensure the appropriate response of an individual. Doing something as simple as running for an exit in the opposite direction can be the difference between your life and escaping tragedy.
“Its really a matter of training similar to instinctual knowledge of how to react to a fire or the smell of smoke. The key is not to freeze or run to the fire, but instead, have a plan to escape and survive.” As the managing partner for Frisco, TX based, Countermeasure Consulting Group, LLC, Grollnek’s team specializes in pre incident indicators to workplace violence and active shooter prevention strategies. Offering training to the staff regarding their actions during a critical incident could mean the difference between preservation of life and managing risk(s). Other services include policy and procedure technical writing and assisting in the requirements to meet OSHA’s standards for Emergency Action Plans.
Law enforcement is looking for answers after multiple active shooters opened fire onto a crowded Mother’s Day parade near the 7th Ward neighborhood in New Orleans, Louisiana. At least 19 people were wounded, including two young kids, but fortunately no fatalities were reported. Police officers were walking in the procession when the gunfire erupted, and several witnesses spotted at least three individuals running from the scene. Reports state that over 400 people were in attendance to celebrate Mother’s Day with a ‘second-line’ procession as long as two city blocks. New Orleans, as of recent, continues to be a target of street violence, especially these crowded, public events. Police have yet to determine whether or not individuals marching in the parade were targeted or if the shootings were a random act of street violence. Nevertheless, an active shooter situation in a public event with multiple shooters leaves experts torn on the meaning. Are times more violent, was this a targeted attack, or are we seeing a “culture” of individuals creating acts of violence on a scale unprecedented. The death toll, or lack there of, is not an indicator of the violence. The type of event and attack that occurred should have many worried.
This demonstrates a stark reality that is that no town, neighborhood, or community or location is immune to such violence. Individuals can take action to be prepared to reduce the risk of becoming a statistic. Several free training aids are available on line with information to teach people appropriate actions for a one size fits “most” model of survival. There is also professional behavioral modification training offered by the active shooter prevention experts of Countermeasure Consulting Group, LLC. Countermeasure specializes in solutions for corporations, schools, churches, and public areas to assist in reducing the risk of an incident like this occurring as well as a strategic response plan without the need for tactical training mitigating the risk of becoming a statistic. Whether it be taking classes or utilizing the resources provided to everyone through the Department of Homeland Security, people in the community must take the necessary steps to protect themselves and their loved ones. These incidents do not show a decline in occurrence contrary to the related deaths in work place violence incidents. Although the entire crime rate statistics are going down, several factors must account for this while the rise in occurrences are evident and documented. Trained responses, modern medicine techniques, and disaster planing assist in reducing casualty rates skewing the real numbers of events. Be prepared; ”When seconds count, what’s your plan?”
Countermeasure Consulting Group Active Shooter Expert Chris GrollnekActive Shooter Experts Detail Shooting at New Orleans Parade
Active Shooter Experts Detail Shooting at New Orleans Parade
About Countermeasure Consulting Group, LLC and Chris Grollnek
Chris has partnered with retired senior military officers from the Special Operations Forces, as well as chiefs of police and commanders in specialized covert fields. Psychologists from special mission units and the Intelligence Community round out Countermeasure Consulting’s field of subject matter experts. These experts are the most capable in the drafting of prevention strategies and actual risk mitigation should an event occur.
Chris Grollnek is one of the most sought after experts regarding the phenomena of “the active shooter,” and has appeared on diverse national media programs both in print and television. He limits his appearances to occasions where his message might save lives. In accordance with his personal morality and Countermeasure Consulting Group’s corporate virtues, out of respect for the victims and to avoid any appearance of personal gain, Chris refuses to speak after events like the tragic Sandy Hook shooting. Countermeasure Consulting Group’s mission is to expertly teach the skills required to avoid and, if necessary, respond safely with minimum risk to potentially volatile situations. Chris has morphed his unique experience of being involved in three active shooter events into a world class company that is one of the nation’s leading active shooter prevention options for corporate America.
Police Experience Active Shooter Ambush
***CONTENT WARNING: GRAPHIC***
Police experience active shooter ambush that is clearly unexpected. Although armed and ready for an encounter, police do not expect the resistance that they encountered. Prosecutors in the state of Florida released graphic footage of a shootout from last July (2012) involving police and a gunman at a Florida home suspected of growing illicit narcotics. Law enforcement was at the location in order to serve an arrest warrant to suspect, Luis Estevanell, charged with cocaine possession, marijuana trafficking, and second-degree felony murder.
The video captures the home owner, Gerard Delgado, step out of the house and into a vehicle parked on the driveway. Shortly thereafter, Estevanell comes out of the house and is swiftly approached by three officers who, at the time, were unaware that an armed individual (Delgado) was in the car behind them. As the officers proceed to serve the warrant, Delgado exits the vehicle and begins rapidly firing at the officers. As shots continue to break out, the gunmen retreats behind a tree severely wounding one of the officers before suffering gunshots to his leg, abdomen, and a last and fatal shot to the head.
Although the shooting occurred almost a year ago, this is the first time the video has been made available to the public. While some see this footage as graphic and disturbing, it is another striking reminder that active shooter attacks can happen to anyone, even law enforcement. These incidents occur at a moments notice and maintaining a survival mindset is key.
This graphic video demonstrates a “routine” warrant service gone wrong not because of officer error but of gunman’s fury. Translating this incident to an average person’s day, although remote, demonstrates the possibility of an armed encounter under the best of circumstances. As every day people planning their day are generally not prepared for this type of incident, Countermeasure Consulting Group trains corporations to protect their employees from these types of encounters. Highlighting a unique training methodology, active shooter expert Chris Grollnek and retired DEA Senior Attorney Dave “Bo” Bolgiano work with clients to develop custom strategies that attenuate the risk(s) of workplace violence and active shooter incidents. This one-of-a-kind learning management system leads employees to modify their behavior raising their subconscious awareness level while reducing employer liability exponentially.
Watch the surveillance footage below. ***CONTENT WARNING: GRAPHIC***
Police Experience Active Shooter Ambush