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Three Responses to Active Shooter Situations

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Webinar On-Demand
Sponsored by Dataminr, Deister, Everbridge, HID, and Johnson Controls
Presented by Jim Sawyer, Ryan Skiffington, and Josh Stivers

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify three different types of active shooter responses and strategies.
  2. Examine the pre-attack behaviors of active shooters in the U.S.
  3. Review the importance of intuitional awareness and how to train your team and colleagues.
  4. Summarize the critical importance of knowing your work environment and how to establish safe room areas.


Participants completing this course may be eligible to receive Continuing Professional Education credit or CPEs toward ASIS re-certification.

Active shooter incidents are on the rise. According to FBI data, the U.S. saw nearly six times as many active shooter incidents between 2014 and 2015 compared to 2000 and 2001.

No environment is completely safe. While shootings in schools, nightclubs, churches and concerts capture many new headlines, more than 80 percent of active shooter incidents occur in the workplace, according to FBI data.

When it comes to active shooter response, there is no “one size fits all.” Active shooter responses will vary, dependent upon the situation, the environment, and other factors. Three security executives will share their security strategy, training and response to active shooter situations in their facilities. Join Jim Sawyer, Security Director for Seattle Children’s Hospital; Josh Stivers, Security Manager, Swedish Medical Center; and Ryan Skiffington, Security Senior Lead Officer for Northwest Hospital, as they discuss their strategies toward active shooter education, training and response.

Three Responses


Jim Sawyer is Director of Security Services for Seattle Children’s Hospital, a position that he has held since 1975. He is a crime prevention instructor, and has been recognized by the Washington State Crime Prevention Association as Non Law Enforcement Program of the Year, President’s Award for Crime Prevention Education, Crime Prevention Practitioner of the Year, Non Law Enforcement Crime Prevention Business of the Year and Life Time Achievement Award of the Year.


Ryan Skiffington is the Security Senior Lead Officer for Northwest Hospital in Seattle. He has a more than 19 years of Hospital Security experience. He has a BA in Law & Justice from Central Washington University.


Josh Stivers has more than 20 years of police and security experience. He has a Master’s degree is in Homeland Security and Emergency Management and a Master’s Degree in his second is in Healthcare Administration. He currently co-chairs the workplace violence committee at Swedish Medical Center and is a member of safety and security boards. He is also a certified TASER and Healthcare Defensive Tactics Instructor as well as a certified trainer with the Washington Department of Licensing private security guard sector.


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