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Active Shooter: "Surviving an Incident of Violence"

  • 05 Jan 2017
  • 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, 280 Merrimack St, 4th Floor, Suite 400, Lawrence, MA, (Entrance North B


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Thursday – January 5, 2017

Please note that this is a ½ day program and a meeting fee applies.

GMVHRA Members: $25.00

Non-Members $50.00

Topic: "Active Shooter:  Surviving an Incident of Violence"

This program has been pre-approved for 3.25 general HRCI & SHRM credits

Good Decisions in Fractions of a Second

General, Highly Effective Solutions to Specific Problems

This course is typically provided as a foundational level course to large corporations, small businesses, insurance companies, schools, universities, hospitals, families, and individuals. Successfully surviving a sudden incident of violence is 90% mental and 10% physical skill. This course focuses on the 90% mental while concurrently providing skills to survive the 10% physical - as a last resort. 

Our Surviving an Incident of Violence Course provides a solid foundation for gaining the skills necessary to prepare for “making good decisions in fractions of a second”. This is the key to survival – the skill to be able to make “Good Decisions in Fractions of a Second”. This course brings highly critical, general skills in mastering the decision making process by bringing students a solid understanding of both themselves and their opponent - “the bad guy”. 

Finally, in a business environment, the most important factors are recognizing signs of violence in advance and becoming proficient in de-escalation techniques and skills. These mastering of these skills is critical as they can be the most important factors in either calming or fueling anger levels. The end result of this course will also provide all attendees with a base “mindset” and thought process that will keep them as safe while they are away from work as much as it does while they are at work. 

Ultimately this course provides for the foundational skills to be able to develop an overall plan that is based on and guided by good, solid policy. 

We also cover Practical Personal Defense designed to keep your employees safe while away from work via preparation for an incident of violence primarily through awareness, avoidance, and mental strength building. If your employees are your most assets, they are just as important while they are away from work as they are while at work. This material includes 100% practical, highly effective tactics and techniques which are not dependent on what your opponent does. 

And finally, in the event of the worst case of a real violent encounter, how do you prepare and ultimately defeat your attacker if required in order to saves lives! This is all about tactics! 

Other Topics of Discussion

What is an Active Shooter, Lockdown vs. Evacuation, The Dynamics of an Incident; Fear - Is it Good or Bad, It All Comes Down to Policy, Hallways/Classrooms/Offices/Gathering Areas, The Office is the High Ground, Running Towards vs Away From Your Adversary, Creating Resistance; Weapons of Opportunity, Planned Weapons, Understanding Rooms/Hallways/Entryways, The Mind of the Adversary, Natural Weapons - Intuition, Instinct, Will, Fear,Threat Assessments, Intelligence Gathering, Understanding Your Adversary and How This Creates Opportunities for You to Win, Tactics

Instructors:  Terry L. Choate Jr. & Det. Joseph Hileman

Terry Choate is a full-time Lt. with the Jaffrey Police Department where he has served for the past 11 years. Prior to a career change to law enforcement, Lt Choate spent over 20 years serving in Vice President and upper-level management positions in several large and Fortune 500 corporations in the areas of Sales and Marketing, and Operations Management. He is also the Team Commander of the Monadnock Regional Special Response Team. Terry is an author and subject matter expert for businesses, associations, hospitals and media outlets. His passion for personal, business, and school safety; understanding those who victimize others and how/why they do so; how our minds work to make both good and bad decisions; how to influence others and the outcomes of situations; and practical and effective means and methods to solve problems associated with protecting lives started far before becoming a police officer when he was in his early teens. 

Terry is equally passionate about finding unique and effective ways of dealing with the out-of-control drug problem. He has extensive experience and associated training in illegal drugs; undercover drug work; and has been involved in numerous drug arrests, search warrants, and drug operations. Terry also has personal experience in dealing with a loved one with an addiction problem. He teaches and attempts to find solutions to the drug problem through compassion and changing the ways in which people typically see those fighting addiction diseases. 

Some of his training includes: 

  • Certified Homeland Security Professional
  • N.H. Tactical Officers Assn - SWAT 1&2 
  • LEADS Consulting (LAPD) - SWAT 1&2 
  • LEADS Consulting (LAPD) - Team Commander School 
  • FBI Crisis Negotiator School
  • Joint Chiefs - Anti-Terror Awareness Training
  • Field Training Officer
  • NH Prosecutor School
  • Response to Active Shooter
  • Israeli Response to Active Shooter
  • Predictive Profiling Training
  • C.A.R.V.E.R Vulnerability Security Assessment Training 
  • Department of Homeland Security Surveillance Detection School
  • Self Defense Training in Numerous Methods 
  • Executive Security International- Security Surveys, Advances, Personal and Executive Protection, CCTV Surveillance, Stalking and Dangerous Human Behavior, Anti/Counter Terrorism, and Business Security.

Joe Hileman is a full-time Detective with the Jaffrey Police Department which he has served for the past 11 years. He is the Assistant Team Commander of the Monadnock Regional Special Response Team. Prior to his career in Law Enforcement, he was a security supervisor for a Fortune 500 company’s proprietary security department. He also holds degrees in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice - Corrections, Probation, and Parole. Some of his extensive training includes: 

NH Tactical Officers Assn - SWAT

SWAT Team Leader/Commander 

LEADS Consulting (LAPD) - SWAT 1&2 

Field Training Officer 

Use of Force Instructor 

Certified Forensic Interviewer 

Active Shooter Instrutor 

Narcotics - Covert Surveillance 

Domestic Violence Lethal Assessment Coordinator 1&2 

More information and online registration:

GMVHRA - 2017-01-05 - "Active Shooter:  Surviving an Incident of Violence"       

Our Sponsor:

Fred C. Church Insurance is one of New England’s largest privately-owned, independent insurance agencies.  With seven office locations in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and over 130 employees, our firm offers a broad range of services.  These include commercial property & casualty insurance, risk management, self-insurance programs, employee benefits and personal insurance.

“Because it’s not just the policy.  It’s the people.”®


8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Check-In & Networking
8:30 AM - 8:45 AM Welcome New Members & Guests

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM Chapter Business / Legislative Update
9:00 AM - 9:10 AM Sponsor
9:10 AM -12:30 PM Program

LOCATION: Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley,

 280 Merrimack St, 4th Floor, Suite 400, Lawrence, MA, (Entrance North B)

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Contact: Carolyn Foster
Phone: 603-489-9535



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