By: Jason Byrd
Guns are a part of our society. The debate will burn on ad infinitum as to whether or not that is a good thing. We believe they’re a good thing in responsible hands, but its up to everyone to make an educated opinion on that subject. The reality though, is that they are out there and there’s a chance our children may encounter them at some point in their lives. If you are a gun owner, hopefully you’re a responsible one and keep them locked up to prevent unauthorized access. How you do so is your business based on your home defense plan or whatever your families needs are. The troubling thing is that there have been too many news reports of children killed or injured because of them coming across an unsecured firearm. Many of these could have been prevented solely by means of proper storage or proper education.
Firearm Safety is a topic that should be discussed openly with children. Children are curious explorers, running around discovering the world filled with things that are all brand new to them. Try as we might on some things, life is not lived through vicarious lessons but by experiences. By dispelling the mystery and providing a plan, we remove the inherent dangers. We open the door to them to ask questions rather than it being a thing they’re afraid to ask and therefore kept secret and they kept in the dark on how to safely handle these situations.
A friend of mine has recently began working on fundraising for a cause that’s very near to him. Juvenile Type 1 Diabetes. Its truly a life changing diagnosis for a family. Everything about a family’s day to day life can be upended not only in testing, diet and treatment but also the costs of life saving materials and specialists. Here’s what he’s put out to us and I’d like to share it with you. If you would like more information we’d be happy to answer what we can however the donation link at the bottom will also lead you to some good resources. If you can donate to this cause please do, it’d mean the world to all of us. His 5k walk is on April 26th at Dixon Park in
Just wanted to let you know that the George Mason Health & Fitness Expo is coming up here very soon. We participated last year and are looking forward to it again this year. It’s free to the public and there’ll be lots to see and do. We’re teamed up with On The Scene Training and will have a great interactive booth this year. Stop by our booth and see all the cool things we have and what we offer.
Location: Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center
By Jason Byrd
I wanted to take some time and talk about a topic that has come up a lot lately. Online Only Training. This is a subject that I have mixed feelings on and I hope this will give you something to consider before you chose whether or not this is the right path for you. Before we get started I don’t want to confuse Online Only with Blended Learning. These are two different things entirely. Blended learning is becoming very popular and is approved by the major certifying organizations (AHA, ARC, NSC, etc..). Blended learning is done by signing up for an online course and then going to a local instructor to do your skills challenge. Here you’ll physically do all the skills you learned online and have an instructor there to help you perfect that skill. Online Only courses don’t require the oversite of an instructor and your certificate is printed out at the end of your online training.
Good afternoon all, Just wanted to pass this on. We’re going to start a section for warnings and recall notices of popular products relevant to our company and the training we provide. Stay safe everyone and if we can be of any help, please let us know.
PRODUCTS: Remington Arms Company, LLC (“Remington”) is voluntarily recalling Remington Model 700™ and Model Seven™ rifles with X-Mark Pro® (“XMP®”) triggers, manufactured from May 1, 2006 to April 9, 2014.
DESCRIPTION OF THE HAZARD: Remington has determined that some Model 700 and Model Seven rifles with XMP triggers could, under certain circumstances, unintentionally discharge. A Remington investigation has determined that some XMP triggers might have excess bonding agent used in the assembly process. While Remington has the utmost confidence in the design of the XMP trigger, it is undertaking this recall in the interest of consumer safety to remove any potential excess bonding agent applied in the assembly process.
HOW TO DETERMINE IF YOUR RIFLE IS SUBJECT TO THE RECALL: Only Model 700 and Model Seven rifles with XMP triggers are being recalled. To determine if your rifle is subject to this recall, you should take the following steps:
“You will NOT rise to the occasion.
You will NOT default to your level of training.
You will only default to the level of training you have MASTERED.” – James Yeager
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” ~Nelson Mandela
Freedom from fear.
These three words continually come to my mind when I’ve thought about what is at the core of our business over the past few years. The dictionary says fear is “a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid.” It’s a natural, primal response. It is our brain telling us that something is wrong, and it’s time to do something — fight or flight. But it is my belief that fear comes from the combination of fight or flight mixed with the mind not having an appropriate tool for the scenario. Be it a mental skill like education or emotional coping mechanism, or a physical tool like a flashlight or fire extinguisher, fear comes from not having what’s needed at the time of a critical event.
We base our training around removing that fear. It’s difficult to remain afraid of something that you know how to address. While its fairly impossible to train and equip for every possible scenario, it is possible to prepare a base toolkit of sorts for the major things and put them together for the situation that comes about.
The world is full of potentially bad things – car accidents, house fires, bullying, computer viruses, hackers, burglars, active shooters, extremists… the list could go on if you let it.There are two types of fear – healthy fear and unhealthy fear. Healthy fear is the response that keeps you thinking and responding to stop the threat or remove you and yours from the threat. The other can lock your brain up and you’re frozen to inaction. This second one is the one we all are constantly working to keep in check when the time arises.
The question is, how do we do this? We do this through education and training. We do this by accepting that bad things do and will happen. Instead of letting that truth fill us with sadness, paralyzing us, make us ask what the whole point of it all and spiral us into an existential crisis… we resolve to be as ready as possible for when the time comes. We may still be afraid but we’ll go into it knowing that we are not powerless. We have the skills to overcome and prevail. We can be a victim of the fear or we can face the fear head on and fight.
Hey Everyone, That’s right. Free training for you and yours.
I couldn’t figure out for the life of me where to put this information. It didn’t really fit anywhere i wanted it so I’ll start here until i redesign the site again (this is probably going to happen sooner rather than later, I love the site but its just not capable of doing some of the things I want with the skills I have).
We are a business and with that we have associated costs to keep the doors open. Keeping the website running, updated training material, specialist instructors, advertising, etc… However we got into this business because we love teaching and, above all, we love teaching skills that save lives. There are countless reports of incidents where either someone trained with CPR or someone with understanding of gun safety could be the difference between life and death for good people. However, times are tough and its not always easy to come up with extra money for training. We understand completely, we’d be in training schools every day if we had our way about things. In saying all that, we have a few classes that we offer at absolutely no charge. We want as many people as we can with the training that can save a life at home our out in the world.
So here they are listed out. Typically we’ll schedule one day out of the month to offer these classes but if you’re interested and don’t see a date, just reach out to us and we can work something out. We offer these in our classroom but we also extend this offer to schools, office places, events, etc… Just let us know your needs and we’ll figure something out.
Firearm Safety – 2 hours – learn the basics of safe gun handling and storage. This is not the NRA Home Firearm Safety course but more of an abbreviated version of that. We’ll focus on:
How to keep guns locked up and safe
Basics of how a firearm operates
Universal Safety Rules that prevent harm regardless of a firearms condition
Information on where to gain more training or knowledge on a particular firearms related topic
Hands Only CPR – 30 min – learns how to do CPR and activate the Emergency Medical Services system.
Learn how to give proper compression only CPR
Learn the signs and symptoms of a cardiac event
Learn what to do in the event of a medical emergency and activate the EMS System.
Learn about barriers to act and how to overcome them
We’ve had great success with offering these at School and Public health expos, there are so many out there that didn’t know how to get the training and we want to make it as readily available as possible. The more trained citizens on the street, the better for all of us.
Take care and we look forward to training with you soon