Workshop: Safe School Design: What’s Your Plan | 10:30 AM – Noon

1.5 LU|HSW

Active shooter scenarios have become a tragic part of our modern world. Multiple shootings have taken place in K-12 schools and on college campuses across the nation and around the world, and they continue to raise the issue of safety and security at educational institutions. While schools continue to be targeted, forward thinking school administrators are looking at safeguards that can be taken to protect our children. Development of design standards for new schools, as well as hardware, software and safety protocols for new and existing schools will keep our buildings a safe-haven for students and staff.

Participants will:

  1. Achieve a better understanding of how historical mass casualty events should be shaping the way we train and equip personnel in any workspace or education institution.
  2. Learn the importance of security layers in the design of a facility that slow down intruders as well as criminals of opportunity and the extremely important concept that seconds matter during a critical incidents.
  3. Learn the importance of their role in the design of educational institutions and workspaces and how those designs can be both architecturally pleasing, as well as practical to the safety and security of the building occupants.
  4. Understand and incorporate certain design principles that aid in the overall safety and security of all building occupants in both educational settings and workplace settings.


Presentation by Brink Fidler, Defend Systems.

Brink Fidler is the founder and President of Defend Systems, a life safety and security consulting firm that specializes in physical security and active shooter mitigation.  He is a frequently booked public speaker on the topic of active shooter events and organizational response. Fidler served nearly two decades in law enforcement in Nashville, TN, where he retired as the Director of the Drug Task Force.  He has directed and supervised hundreds of court ordered wiretaps, thousands of hours of physical and electronic surveillance, hundreds of search warrants throughout the United States, and has planned and conducted over one thousand high risk tactical operations.  This extensive background, coupled with his continuous and in depth study of active shooter events, gives him a very unique and insightful approach to this frequent and worsening problem as well as best practices for mitigating damage during such an event. As a widely recognized expert on the topics of physical security and active shooter events, he will not only enlighten and significantly educate the audience, he will empower everyone with the ability to respond decisively during any critical incident.