FORT WALTON BEACH — Mock robbers and shooters walked down the aisles of an imitation grocery store Tuesday during an interactive scenario at the grand opening of a active-shooter preparedness training center.
Active Shooter 360 at 755 Lovejoy Road offers training to businesses, emergency crews and other groups on how best to respond to an active-shooter situation. The business uses role players — and even pellet guns — to help prepare customers for the unthinkable. The business also offers planning and preparedness workshops.
"This is our static location and we'll hold our classes here," said Kenneth Worley, owner of Active Shooter 360. "We also go on the road and will go to the businesses themselves to train. The functional exercises include law enforcement, where we put active shooters and victims in place. We will then test their systems to see how they would react to the event."
Inside the warehouse-style building are rooms that provide different environments, such as grocery stores and ATMs for robberies, and hospital rooms, cafés and offices for active-shooter exercises. The rooms are used to teach people with concealed weapons licenses how to react appropriately by using live simulations.
"A lot of people don't offer any kind of training after receiving a concealed weapons permit," Worley said. "We have an eight-hour course where we do four hours of instruction in the classroom teaching don't shoot, what to expect if you shoot and what to expect when you don't shoot. We then come out and put them through a scenario where they react to a disturbance."
Worley said his team of six experienced crisis responders will even provide on-site security assessments for businesses, schools, medical facilities, churches and more.
For more information, visit activeshooter360.com.