Florida –-(Ammoland.com)- On Friday Florida Carry called for the Florida Legislature to immediately:
- Pass emergency legislation to eliminate gun-free zones for law-abiding concealed carry licensees;
- Pass emergency legislation authorizing all teachers in public schools who possess a CWFL to carry their licensed, concealed firearm if they so choose, without repercussion; and
- Provide immediate funding of one million dollars in grants for county school boards and sheriffs to implement pilot programs of the Faculty/Administrator Safety Training and Emergency Response (FASTER) Program in the State of Florida.
Today we would like to introduce you to FASTER.
FASTER stands for Faculty / Administrator Safety Training & Emergency Response.
Created in Ohio by concerned parents, law enforcement, and nationally-recognized safety & medical experts, FASTER is a groundbreaking, nonprofit program that gives educators practical violence response training.
Since 2013 FASTER has taught over 1000 teachers, from five different states, a carefully-structured curriculum offering over 26 hours of hands-on training over a 3-day class that exceeds the requirements of the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy.
The purpose is not to replace police and EMTs, but to allow teachers, administrators, and other school personnel on-site to stop school violence rapidly and render medical aid immediately.
When violence strikes and students' lives are on the line, every second matter. Faster response is a better response.
FASTER saves lives!
Preventive measures, including hardening the school building, mindset training, trauma casualty care training, and armed defense will all save lives.
To combat loss of life due to fires, schools nationally have employed multiple, overlapping layers of protection. The lack of any fire-related deaths in our schools over the last 50 years illustrates the success of this approach.
It is time to employ the same multiple, overlapping layers approach to protect our children against violence.
Parents, ask your child's school if they have any Trauma Kits. Do they have Classroom Trauma Kits?
Ask if your child's teacher has been properly trained to save your child's life by rendering Trauma Casualty Care using Tourniquets, QuikClot, Blast Bandages, Chest Seals, and Nasopharyngeal Airways.
If your kid's teacher thinks a “Blowout Kit” is a hair care product, they have not been properly trained to save your child's life.
Ask if your child's teacher has any meaningful way to defend students from an attacker.
Similar to pilots who carry guns to protect their passengers and crew (something that has worked very well in spite of all the anti-gun predictions of disasters), school staff need the tools necessary to protect their children – not just from fires or abuse, but also from a killer in the room.
We are not advocating arming all teachers.
Most school staff wants nothing to do with carrying a gun. They are not the people we want to train on armed defense. But every building has one or more people who will volunteer. Pick the right people and we'll help them get the necessary training from world class instructors. If we have someone willing to lay their life on the line to protect out students, it's our responsibility to give them the tools, skills and permission needed.
About Florida Carry
Florida Carry, Inc, is a nonprofit, non-partisan, grassroots organization dedicated to advancing the fundamental civil right of all Floridians to keep and bear arms for self defense. Their website is www.FloridaCarry.org.