The Act of Training

Tragedies, trauma, and heartbreak happen every day around the world. We read about these tragic events in our social feeds, on the news, or maybe we knew someone that experienced a tragedy? All too often we cringe for a moment, take a sigh of relief, and we go about our daily lives thinking, "that could never happen to me." Can we be this naive and think we are immune from tragedy? The truth is tragedy happens to people every day in a variety of ways. Our government tells us we should be prepared for a host of tragedies, emergencies, and disasters. Unfortunately, we typically don't prepare, and if we do, it's only minimal at best.

When we broach the subject of mass killings or active killer events, we automatically revert to "it will never happen to me" mentality. And yet, it happens to people all across the US. Although these events are rare on occasion, should we not be prepared? We are required by state law to carry insurance on our cars, our homes, and it's recommended in our lives. The question we must ask, if these mandatory laws were not in place, would we carry insurance at all? If we base our answer on the very statistics of how ill-prepared Americans are, surely we would not take insurance. Why do we not see a significant problem with this way of thinking? We should want to prepare or be ready to handle tragic circumstances that may come our way especially from the types of tragedies that can harm us or even kill us.

Is the cost to attend training our concern when it comes to preparing for mass trauma or active killer events? If you stop and consider where and what your money is spent on surely you can invest in life-saving training. The benefits to cost ratio far outweigh spending money on items of comfort or leisure. Yet, we see spending money on training as burdensome or not as rewarding. Maybe time management is, however, another concern. We as Americans have hectic lives. We are always on the go and usually have little to no time for training. The truth, we make time for what we feel is essential to us or others. And this leads me to my next question, is your life or the life of those around you not worth time spent learning new skills to save a life? We hope most would want to be in a position to help themselves or others in need.

Are we inherently selfish or do we put the needs of others before our own? With all certainty, can you say you're more likely than not driven by a kind of self-interest? We would respectfully disagree. We believe most of us are intrinsically self-less. Those who look at the interest of others tend to sacrifice their comforts. So why then do people ignore preparing for these deadly situations? We have a litany of reasons, and It turns out we are creatures of the present. We tend to focus on the here and now, not some future hypothetical problem. We can control our vulnerabilities to distant crises, but only if we try to anticipate and defuse them now.

This past year was full of horrific and tragic mass shootings. We experienced Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Southerland, Texas Church, and Thousand Oaks shootings to name a few. All too often we forget the pain we endured in those tragedies.

Recently here in Delaware, patrons of the Christiana Mall were thrust into a terrifying night of fear. After a fight broke out and caused people to believe shots had been fired. A panic-stricken crowd, many fled and others were forced to lockdown until law enforcement could clear them out. In several social media posts, people close to the event could be quoted with terms of “fear,” “panic,” “running for their lives, and “this is the world we live in now.” We have lived under a blanket of fear of terrorism and other mass trauma events for almost two decades now. All too often we hear the term "soft targets" in every corner of America.

Herein lay the problem. Most people and organizations are not ready or lack consistent training to both prevent and poise themselves to survive a violent encounter. It’s unfortunate we need training in these tragic style events, but this has become our reality. What can you do to prepare yourself? First, we should evaluate our capabilities to help ourselves and others if we ever find ourselves in a violent situation. Next, we should seek out reputable training from qualified instructors. We have spent our entire careers developing, learning, practicing, re-evaluating our active killer responses with the goal to make it the safest and effective method of ending such violent encounters.

When our team, here at 53 Strategic designed our training for the S^VE course, we did so with the knowledge and practical application of our years in law enforcement and the military. We created and altered specific tactics that have life-saving techniques for real-world use by those unfamiliar or untrained, but also those who are trainined as well. And one of the most critical aspects of our training is bleeding control and the use of tourniquets. We realized after almost two decades of war the importance of emergent bleeding and wound care. If you control the bleeding, you control the life long enough for specialized trauma care can be rendered by qualified medical professionals.

We highlight our S^VE training because we know the effectiveness and proven life-saving qualities it has. We only hope you see it as your best option as well. The training provides you with the necessary skills and training to Survive a Violent Encounter. We stand by the training we provide, and free of charge we will follow up, share updates to tactics and techniques, and offer all this support even after you’ve completed our training.

We started this company to provide our communities with safer training options that were only afforded in law enforcement and the military. We have tailored our courses for private and public use. We can give you and your organization the necessary resources for a variety of threats. You have to take the first step. Will you take the first step?