“Run. Hide. Fight.” LSU Employees Learn Active Threat Response

BATON ROUGE – LSU employees from several departments and colleges participated in the “Run. Hide. Fight.” course led by LSU’s National Center for Biomedical Research and Training/Academy of Counter-Terrorist Education, or LSU NCBRT/ACE, last month.

Twenty-two participants learned techniques and tools to keep themselves, their students and others safe should an active threat event occur on campus. The “Surviving an Active Threat: Run. Hide. Fight.” course was led by LSU NCBRT/ACE instructors. Employees learned the basics of the “Run. Hide. Fight.” paradigm, which addresses any active threats that may occur. These can include mass shooting incidents, attacks with various weapons or acts of terrorism.

LSU College of Sciences Graduate Student Coordinator Paige Whittington said she learned that survival depends on knowing when the threat is real.

“You learn how much denial affects everything,” Whittington said. “Your initial reaction in a lot of situations is denial. But, it’s better to be protected than ignore it. In this day and age, it can happen at any time.”

Ryan Harb is an academic advisor in the LSU College of Human Sciences & Education. Harb and others learned to use belts, cords or anything available to them in the room to help secure a door when someone is trying to get into a classroom to cause harm. Instructors conducted drills in real-time scenarios using simulated gunfire to represent active shooter incidents. Participants used tools they had learned in the class to respond, including barricading techniques and other basic skills taught in the “Run. Hide. Fight.” course.

“I learned a lot today, especially about where we are lacking,” Harb said. “And, it turns out, there are a lot of things we’re missing that are very simple that are actually extremely effective. I learned overall how to be safer in a place where I already thought I was safe, just by learning new drills and tactics that can help.”

LSU NCBRT/ACE Instructor Chuck Smith is one of more than 300 instructors, who travels the country training law enforcement, emergency personnel and now civilians and educators working in a campus environment with the latest tools and techniques to respond and survive active threats. Smith and two other instructors led the class in the day-long training.

“Today’s training was exceptionally well received,” Smith said. “The biggest problem with scenario-based training is the buy-in of the students. This group bought in 100 percent, and it made the training more realistic. And, I think, probably allowed them to gain an awful lot out of it.”

The “Surviving an Active Threat: Run. Hide. Fight.” course is certified by the Department of Homeland Security and covered under DHS’s Homeland Security National Training Program. As a DHS primary training provider, NCBRT can offer this vital training at no direct cost to your agency.


LSU NCBRT/ACE is a nationally recognized center for emergency preparedness and response training located at Louisiana State University’s flagship campus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The mission of LSU NCBRT/ACE is to influence, develop, and deliver specialized training and education, providing the skills necessary to prepare for, respond to, and recover from complex threats and high-consequence events. For more information on courses provided by LSU NCBRT visit https://www.ncbrt.lsu.edu/




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