Downtown Orlando clubs receive training to combat active shooters

The Beacham prioritizes safety with active shooter training session

DOWNTOWN ORLANDO, Fla. – The Beacham Theater has partnered with Nightlife Security Consultants to host a training session on Tuesday for their employees and surrounding bars and clubs on active shooter events, according to a release from Nightlife Security Consultants.

The release shows that the training session educated attendees about the most common active shooting incidents that happen across the country.

Throughout the four-hour session, attendees were able to learn how to reduce the chances of this happening through watching videos, listening to lectures and role play scenarios, company officials said.

According to the company, the training event has been presented across the country in cities like Tampa, San Diego, Las Vegas, Miami and Denver.

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Robert Smith, CEO and president of Nightclub Security Consultants, said that with several consulting contracts in place for the Orlando bars, a large group of security guards was able to take part in the training.

Inside the Beacham Theater, Smith turned up the music and fired blanks from a handgun. According to him, the exercise is meant to train security staff on what a shooting would sound like in a club.

“Our most common active shooter is the club guy that has too many drinks,” Smith said. “He’s got his gun. He gets in an u, the gun comes out. Three people shot, and he runs.”

Jarmarous Paris, the general manager of the bar inside the Beacham Theater, told News 6 that nightclubs like his are focusing on training staff to identify safety concerns before someone has a chance to fire a gun.

“Making sure we take care of other people who are drunk and making sure they are able to leave the environment so they are not over-thinking and have to return with violence,” Paris said.

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Troy graduated from California State University Northridge with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication. He has reported on Mexican drug cartel violence on the El Paso/ Juarez border, nuclear testing facilities at the Idaho National Laboratory and severe Winter weather in Michigan.