Chaplain Stu Vogelman spoke to our Action Training Group at our ATG Meeting at Cabela’s on March 17. Stuart currently serves as the chaplain for District 4 for the Washington State Patrol and Region 1 for the Fish and Wildlife Department.
Stuart spoke to us about his experience assisting many local Northwest churches to get church safety programs in place. He has been in ministry for over sixteen years. Starting in 2000, Stuart formed and ministered nationally though his para church organization called Pure Warrior Ministries. Stuart is the former Executive Pastor at Valley Real Life in Spokane responsible for all church operations including ministering in recovery as well as security, medical, ushering, and transportation.
Kenny Moore started the safety team at Candlelight Church in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Candlelight Church has a very well organized safety team, one of the best safety teams in the Northwest region. Kenny also has significant experience leading special forces as an officer in the Marines.
Col. Moore shared some examples of why training and experience are needed for security teams. One team observed two individuals texting each other on laptop computers from different areas within the church. The two were armed and prepared to launch an attack on the church body. Kenny recommended the book entitled The Church Safety & Security Guide Book. The book is complete and highly recommended.
Mike Walker, Clair Draper, Kaery Dudenhofer and Dennis Moore were also among our speakers on March 17. We talked about the Multi-State Concealed Carry class and Range Safety Officer class scheduled for April 28th and 29th, respectively. We also have new shooters programs planned and a series of presentations on church safety that will include:
1. What needs to be included in your written policies regarding use of force;
2. How to develop a team;
3. Church Liabilities;
4. When is it necessary to call 911 for emergencies such as medical needs and/or confrontations
5. How to deal with protestors;
6. What are the laws and RCW’s that dictate our conduct;
a. Reasonable force vs. assault;
b. Obeying officers commands;
c. Threats and intimidation.
7. Situational awareness;s
a. What to watch for in people;
c. The news/media.
8. How to do the hand off to Law enforcement when they arrive on scene;
a. Negotiations with subject;
c. What information to communicate
d. Safe Words, DSM and Identifying the players;
9. Scene preservation;
10. Verbal Judo;
a. How to de-escalate situations to safe levels;
b. What are escalating words and/or body language to avoid
c. Negotiations what to do before Law Enforcement has established communications;
d. Critical Incident Stress Management.
11. How to interact with 911
a. Identifying the safety team;
b. Checklist of info and preferred order to give info
12. If armed, use of force policy;.
13. Where the safety teams job ends and LE begins (i.e. bomb threats don’t investigate call 911)
14. How to maintain control from well meaning people (CCW’s and concerned) who attempt to interject themselves in potentially dangerous situations (LONE OPERATORS in the crowd);;
15. Practical Training-Team member interactions;.
a. Role play situations;
ii. Physical Assaults
iv. Armed threatening individual
v. Terrorist Attack
b. Shoot – No shoot
c. Range Time
d. First aid/trauma care
e. Physical (i.e. if restraint is necessary prior to arrival of LE.
There will probably be other issues that are identified as we implement this agenda. Much of the focus will be on deescalating problems before use of force issues are indicated. We plan to include Reality Based Scenarios where you will have to quickly make tough life and death decisions on whether to deescalate, just observe, call for help or deploy some level of force.
We have scheduled a planning session for Friday, April 14th at 6:00 PM at Sportsman’s Warehouse in Spokane. We invite anyone interested to attend and learn about what we have planned.
Our next live-fire Action Shooting event will be on April 20th at the Fernan Rod & Gun Club.at 4:00 PM.
Payment instructions will be given at time of signing up for courses.
Please Contact: Clair Draper 509-999-3144 Rusty1469@aol.com or
Kaery Dudenhofer 509-276-5899 email@example.com
ATTENTION: To reserve space in the classes, payment must be made prior to April 27, 2017, in order to receive the discounted prices for the Multistate Concealed Carry class scheduled for April 28th and the April 29th RSO class
One of our primary objectives is to design our ATG drills to be relevant to church safety teams. Rustin Rathbun will invite speakers and experts in various aspects of church safety to discuss issues like how to deescalate a situation, liability issues for safety teams and nonlethal use of force. The goal is to involve a number of different organizations.
All the churches to whom we have talked seem to favor creating opportunities for church safety teams to participate in Active Shooter Protocol drills and other training with law enforcement agencies. Some churches in the Spokane Valley already work with the Sheriff’s Department. All the churches ought to be participating that wish to do so.
The function of the ATG, an all volunteer, nonprofit public service group incorporated in Idaho, will be to coordinate a public commitment to being prepared for emergencies and to do so without public expense by utilizing volunteers and resources generated through membership and the nominal fees for many of our events. We are a nonprofit, all volunteer corporation. All our volunteers and venues are now insured for liability during live-fire shoots.
We invite anyone interested in our group to attend, ask questions and participate in the discussions about upcoming programs and events. The Action Training Group has been presenting shooting events at Fernan Rod and Gun Club near Coeur d’Alene, Idaho since June, 2016.
We will soon be shooting at the Fernan Rod & Gun Club every third Thursday of each month. The ATG has members that are glad to schedule groups of people for Action Shooting events at Fernan when the weather holds out! We also shoot almost every Friday near Coeur d’Alene.
We are presently recruiting new members. A membership is $39.00 after January 1st. Sign up at http://www.actiontraininggroup.org/. Membership will normally cut the price for each live-fire shooting event by $10.00 or more.
The following live-fire Action Shooting events are scheduled for Fernan Rod and Gun Club on the third Thursday of every month:
March 23, Bays 6 & 7
April 20, Bays 1 & 2
May 18, Bays 6 & 7
June 15, Bays 1 & 2
July 20, Bays 6 & 7
Aug 17, Bays 6 & 7
Sept 21, Bays 1 & 2
Oct 19, Bays 6 & 7
Nov 16, Bays 6 & 7.
Note: LIVE-FIRE events are the 3rd Thursday of every month. All our volunteers and venues are now insured.