When it comes to workplace safety, Sunrise Services continually looks for opportunities to refine or improve how we do things. Recently, select staff completed training conducted by the Alice Training Institute to help us prepare in the event of an active shooter. These staff are now certified instructors of the ALICE system.
ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) is a set of proactive, options-based strategies that increase your chances of survival during a violent intruder or active shooter event. For 16 years, the ALICE Training Institute has provided response training to individuals and organizations across the nation.
According to the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, “the 2nd leading cause of on-
the-job fatalities is violence in the workplace.” Adopted by over 35,000 K-12 Schools, Universities, F1000 Companies, Government Agencies, and Non-profits, ALICE Training is designed to teach skills and strategies that bridge the gap between the time an event begins and when law enforcement arrives.
Upon completion of the ALICE training, we asked a couple of our employees about the specifics of the training program and how they plan to deploy it here at Sunrise Services.
Rebecca Kilgore – Program Coordinator RCL & WA Roads Program
For some time now, the typical response to an active shooter situation has been to lock down in place. Via active scenarios taught during the ALICE training, we know this is not the best case scenario to increase your chances of survival.
The ALICE program, taught by current or ex-law enforcement personnel, teaches situational awareness, how to properly barricade, disruption techniques and more that take a proactive response to a very unfortunate event like an active shooter situation. While the threat of an active shooter situation is rare, it is at the same time very real.
Christina Nadeau – Lead Facilitator Adult Family Homes
With this training, we’re now able to get out into the field here at Sunrise Services and start training our fellow employees on the proactive response of the ALICE system. This is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Rather, it’s important to look at each site to understand its challenges. Conversely, each site will also provide several opportunities to help people protect themselves, evacuate successfully, or barricade via whatever is available in the office or building. While we hope these techniques are never needed, we’re excited to teach our employees the specifics of the ALICE system which will hopefully empower them to make their own life saving decisions.
We were fortunate enough to have King 5 join us for a day of training. Their coverage of the program can be seen in the following video:
We are grateful for the initiative of our staff to take on such an important task. While we dearly hope this training will never be needed, deploying the ALICE system is just one more step we can take to try to increase work place safety. If you, or your organization, is interested in learning more about the ALICE Training Institute we highly encourage you to visit their website here.