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Newsletter SPRING 2016


ASIS NEWSLETTER OF THE YEAR – WINNER 2015, 2013, 2012, 2008 & 2003 – HONOURABLE MENTION 2011, 2006.

The Profile of an “Active Shooter” An Active Shooter, or in other words ‘Active Killer’, is an individual who kills, or attempts kill people in a confined and populated area. In most cases active shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to the selection of victims.

were doing their shopping. At this moment of writing a shooting took place on board of the Thalys, a train from Amsterdam to Paris.

Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Typically the immediate deployment of law enforcement is required to stop the shooting and mitigate harm to victims.

Try to remain calm and quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life. Remember and be full aware that customers and clients are likely to follow the lead of employees and managers during an active shooting, same as children would follow their parents or family members.

Because active shooter situations are often over within 10 to 15 minutes, before law enforcement arrives on the scene, individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with an active shooter. We can all remember the shootings in the USA at Ford Hood in April 2014 and the Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012. In Europe, we have seen the horror take place on the island of Utoya in Norway in 2011 and also the Albertville Realschule in Winnende, Germany in 2009. Even in the Netherlands we’ve already encountered the active shooter when in a shopping mall Ridderhof in Alphen aan den Rijn in 2011 a young guy opened fire on random people who

How to respond when an Active Shooter is in your vicinity?

Miranda Coppoolse

What possibilities are there to get others, but most of all yourself safe?

• Leave your belongings behind and take off uncomfortable footwear (high heels, flip flops, etc.)

During a shooting there are roughly 3 options:

• Help others escape if possible but never at your own risk.


• Do not attempt to move wounded people.

If there is an accessible escape path, attempt to evacuate the premises! When you decide to escape be sure to: • Have an escape plan in mind and remain calm. • Evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow.

• Try to prevent individuals from entering an area where the Active Shooter may be. • Keep your hands visible to avoid others to think that you might be the shooter. • Follow the instructions of any police continued page 6

Welcome the new CEO of ASIS International! ASIS UK Chapter would like to welcome Peter J O’Neil FASAE, CAE as the new Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of ASIS International. It was announced last month that O’Neil will succeed Michael J Stack, who will retire at the end of 2015 following a 22-year tenure as the organisation’s CEO. O’Neil is currently the CEO of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), an international

professional society representing 10,000 occupational and environmental health and safety professionals. “ASIS is an outstanding organization with a solid, rich history of achievement and exceptional resources,” observed O’Neil. “I am honoured to have this opportunity to lead a talented staff of professionals and to collaborate with a vibrant global network of volunteer leaders and members to advance and grow the association in the months and years ahead.”

ASIS International UK Newsletter - Jan 2016  
ASIS International UK Newsletter - Jan 2016