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Preparing your Business for the Unthinkable: A Gunman in the Workplace

Fort Worth Safe Communities Coalition

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM (CST)

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If more than two people from your organization are planning to attend, please call 817-735-2539 to verify space availability.


Event Overview

Your business may be prepared to respond and recover after a natural disaster like a tornado, fire or flood, but what will you do if an active shooter enters your workplace or organization? In the wake of shootings at the Navy Yard, Newtown, Fort Hood, and Fort Worth's own Wedgewood Baptist Church, this scenario, unthinkable just a few short years ago, is a sad reality for which you must prepare.

This workshop, sponsored by the Fort Worth Safe Communities Coalition, is led by local law enforcement, EMS, fire, mental health, business, emergency management and security experts experienced in active shooter prevention, preparation and response.  The overall goal is to provide you with the information and tools you need to begin to prepare for the unthinkable.

A light breakfast and conference materials will be provided.

Overall Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Identify important steps that can be taken to prevent an active shooter incident at their place of business;
  • List the key parts of a plan and describe how to get started making a plan; and
  • Describe how law enforcement, EMS, fire and other agencies will likely respond in an active shooter scenario and how to protect yourself and co-workers.


(agenda and presenters subject to change without notice)





8:00 AM

Registration and Breakfast



8:30 AM

Welcome, Overview and Introductions

Danny Defenbaugh

Chief Jeffrey Halstead




8:45 AM


  • Warning Signs and Triggering Events
  • How does recognizing these prevent workplace incidents
  • Company Policies as Primary Prevention with Examples
  • Evacuation & Communication Plans
  • Developing a Plan

Ronnie Rencher

Steve Wheeler







9:30 AM

  • First Aid Plan - Bleeding control
  • Psychological impact of workplace shooter on employees and witnesses.
  • Resources available to help employees and witnesses recover from the traumatic impact of the experience.

Matthew Nash

Cathy Stout


10:15 AM






10:30 AM





Expert Panel Interviews and Q&A

  • Law Enforcement
      Chief Jeffrey Halstead
  • EMS
      Heath Wright
  • Fire
      Deputy Chief Tim Hatch
  • FBI
      Kevin F. Kolbye
  • Emergency Physician
      Jeff Beeson, DO

Moderated by Danny Defenbaugh






11:45 AM

Closing Remarks

Danny Defenbaugh


12:00 PM





Danny DefenbaughDanny Defenbaugh
Defenbaugh & Associates
Department of Homeland Security Region VI
Infrastructure Advisory Panel for Private Security

Danny was employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for almost 33 years. His primary investigative responsibilities centered on violent crimes, i.e., kidnapping, extortion, hijacking, and terrorist/bombing matters. He served as a Special Agent in Chicago, IL, and as a Supervisor in Miami, FL; in the Explosives Unit of the Laboratory Division at FBI Headquarters; in the Inspection Division; and in the Office of Professional Responsibility. Danny later served as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Field Office in Mobile, AL.

Danny was a FBI-certified bomb technician for most of his FBI career and traveled to over 25 foreign countries in furtherance of the FBI's interest in thwarting international terrorism. He personally supervised over 150 bombing investigations, to include all the Puerto Rican terrorist group, FALN bombings in Chicago and the bombing investigations of the three terrorist attacks against American installations in Beirut, Lebanon. Danny has testified as either an expert witness or investigator over 100 times in federal, state, and local courts, to include the U.S. Congress and Military Tribunals. While assigned to the FBI Miami Field Office, he supervised the Major Case Squad encompassing all major violent crimes, international and domestic terrorism and all bombing matters. In addition, he was the Supervisor for the South Florida Violent Crimes/Fugitive Task Force.

In 1995, Danny was promoted to Inspector and named Inspector in Charge of the Oklahoma City bombing investigation. From 1998 until his retirement, Danny was the Special Agent in Charge of the Dallas Field Office of the FBI. FBI Dallas was designated one of the ten core offices leading the September 11, 2001 investigation of the Pentagon/Twin Towers terrorist attacks.

Danny is the only FBI Agent to receive two Attorney General Awards. In 1983, he received the Attorney General's Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement. In 1998, he received the Attorney General's Award for Exceptional Service for his management of the Oklahoma City bombing investigation. Danny received the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive in 1999.

Danny earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice from American University in Washington, DC, and a Master's degree in Forensic Science from George Washington University, Washington, DC. Danny is also a graduate of the Harvard University Program for Senior Managers in Government.

Conference Presenters

Jeffrey Halstead
Chief, Fort Worth Police Department

Ronnie Rencher
Director of Security & Office Administration
Hillwood  - A Perot Company

Steve Wheeler
Director, Security & Emergency Services
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

Matthew Nash
Clinical Coordinator/Paramedic
Medstar EMS

Cathy Stout, LCSW
Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
MHMR of Tarrant County

Heath Wright
Assistant Director of Operations
Medstar EMS

Tim Hatch
Deputy Chief
Fort Worth Fire

Kevin F. Kolbye
Assistant Special Agent in Charge
Federal Bureau of Investigations, Dallas Division

Jeff Beeson, DO
Medical Director, Emergency Physicians Advisory Board
Emergency Department Physician, Texas Health Huguley Hospital, John Peter Smith Hospital and Parkland Memorial Hospital

Special Thanks

The Fort Worth Safe Communities Coalition wishes to thank the following for their help with this conference:

  • Christ Chapel Bible Church
  • The Fort Worth Safe Communities Active Shooter Task Force
  • The UNT Health Science Center
  • Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce
Have questions about Preparing your Business for the Unthinkable: A Gunman in the Workplace? Contact Fort Worth Safe Communities Coalition

When & Where

Christ Chapel Bible Church
3701 Birchman Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM (CST)

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Fort Worth Safe Communities Coalition

Fort Worth was formally designated an International Safe Community by the World Health Organization on February 12, 2013. With this designation, Fort Worth will became the 300th international Safe Community, the 23rd in the United States and the second in Texas.

Safe Communities is an international program developed more than 20 years ago as a proven approach to community injury reduction. The program is structured around a broad coalition of community partners, including businesses, civic organizations, local government, nonprofits and residents. It examines six indicators shown effective in reducing unintentional injuries and deaths.

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