Contemplate the moment when an active shooter event enters into a furniture manufacturer's mind less only their product design. Well according to Charles Homans, New York Times Magazine article entitled, "The 'Active Shooter' Is Never Far Away", Ballistic Furniture Systems CEO Jeffrey Isquith started developing bullet-resistant panels that can be fitted inside chairs, cubicles and doors in 2011.
Ironically, thirty-two (32) hours before he would unveil his company's new design at the NeoCon trade show, the Pulse Nightclub massacre occurred in Orlando, Florida. The Pulse Nightclub shooting was the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. That same morning on the riverbank in downtown Chicago, several other commercial furniture manufacturers were rolling out new furniture with bullet-resistant features.
Per Mr. Homans article, Mr. Isquith stated that "security is the big new frontier for furniture makers, it's kind of sad to say that, but it's true." Mr. Isquith also noted that the kind of "violence and terror" seen in Orlando was "not going away anytime soon."
Hospital, office and hotel commercial furniture manufacturers have developed and are now offering a 21st-century solution to saving lives and reducing injuries to innocent people in public spaces during an active shooter event. Isn't it time you train your staff in 21st-century response options to help save lives and reduce injuries to innocent people in public spaces during an active shooter event.
Tucker Consulting & Training Services offers affordable training that teaches employees common sense response options that are not common knowledge. Register your employees today at www.tuckercts.com or call us at (904) 469-6741.
Homas, C (2016, June) The 'Active Shooter' Is Never Far Away, The New York Times Magazine
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Yolanda M. Tucker has over twenty years of corporate procurement experience. Yolanda holds two Master's degrees, one in Contracts & Acquisition Management from Strayer University. She holds an Administrative and Regulatory Law Certification from Florida Coastal School of Law. Yolanda is also a certified American Heart Association Instructor and a certified ALICE Active Shooter Instructor.