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JUN 2019

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The Active Shooter Response Tool Bag Whether yours is a body armor carrier or duffle, plan your response kit well, make sure it's stocked, and know what's inside like the back of your hand. P eople have stocked "go bags," "bug out bags," "get out of dodge bags," "trunk bags" and more for decades. Back in 2000, at about the same time the active shooter response movement began to grow in response to the public outcry fol- lowing the Columbine event, the concept of a response kit grew in parallel. As with virtu- ally anything in the world, what should be in a response bag for active shooter incidents is a matter of opinion as impacted by agency policy and perceived need. Whether or not the response kit should even be in a bag, a backpack or all somehow mounted on a vest / plate carrier is a choice limited by agency policy, response protocols trained and, sometimes, duty responsibility of the officer in question. Several manufacturers now market spe- cific plate carriers or external body armor systems targeted for active shooter response deployment. Built on a plate carrier plat- form, Armor Express' Active Shooter Kit was designed for expansion to carry all the gear and equipment you would need when going into the active shooter / active killer environment. At a minimum There are a few items that should be in every response kit no matter how you carry it and no matter what your response protocols are, The plate-carrier platform allows an increase in body armor protection, but also offers a platform on which to carr y other necessar y equipment—one that is easy to grab/don quickly. Armor Express Inc. 8 OFFICER MEDIA GROUP | ACTIVE SHOOTER RESPONSE 2019 Active Shooter RESPONSE

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