America's First Freedom - September 2018 - 39

Sgt. Graham Dunne
demonstrates the draw,
sight acquisition and first
shot for FASTER students.
PHOTOS BY DON JONES

Not Just Firearms
I C' , a common
misunderstanding shadows the
teaching of response programs.
" stands for 'Faculty/
Administrator Safety Training and
Emergency Response,'" she explained.
"The acronym and the word both
mean something, but what we like best
is the implicit reminder: The faster
you stop the killer, and the faster you
stop the bleeding, the fewer people die.
There's a real sense of urgency in that
name. Yes, it's firearm training, but the
mindset and medical components are
also key parts of the curriculum. Not
everybody has the mindset to stop
an active killer, nor do we expect or
even want everyone to. Understanding
this fills up a half-day so that students
can decide for themselves, but decide
based on real knowledge. Another
half-day focuses on the medical needs
that have been so terribly delayed in
past incidents.

"Some districts or schools have
recognized this in very direct fashion:
They ask us to train four people for
armed response, and a further  for
medical response. Teachers or other
staff members who want to be part of the
solution-but not armed-are a great fit
for the medical role. We're also respectful
when people don't want to carry-that's
their choice, and a legitimate one."
Carno said another point many
people don't consider is that the
medical skills taught in the course can
be life-saving outside of an incident
involving a mass killing.
"High schools, for instance, are
likely to have wood or metal shops,
and serious accidents can happen,"
she said. "-trained staff can
save lives in these circumstances by
filling the gap as they would in an
active-killer situation."
There are grim reminders aplenty
of the importance of the 
medical component.

"Outdated thinking at Sandy Hook
meant it was  minutes before medics
were cleared to enter the building,"
Carno said. "Forty-five minutes! Had
there been tourniquets there, and
trained staff members who could
stop or reduce bleeding, many more
people might have survived. The
same has been true elsewhere. We include
instruction with battlefield-quality
techniques and equipment like
tourniquets, chest seals, compression
bandages and hemostatic gauze for
just those situations.  students
perform many of the techniques, too,
on themselves and fellow attendees,
and with specialized training aids.
"It's of no value to just be horrified.
But it's a huge benefit to be able to
take action until professional medical
personnel can arrive."
Carno added that even though
we hear the phrase "armed teachers,"
the reality is that only about
 percent of attendees are teachers,

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