A self-defense company based in Omaha is seeing a huge growth in business.
88 Tactical’s Chief Operating Officer Trever Thrasher says business has grown 40-60% over the past year.
He says businesses and other organizations are seeking more information, because they do not feel they are prepared to respond to an active shooter or similar emergency.
“They see the need for the extra training and they also have the understanding of how limited a police response can be when these events occur,” Thrasher tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “I think there’s been sort of a broadbased, wide awakening as to our true vulnerability to these types of attack.”
Thrasher says crisis training should be necessary for armed security or employees who are allowed to have a firearm in the workplace.
And if you have a gun-free workplace, he says there are ways to be better prepared in an emergency.
“You’ve got to think about it first and foremost. You’ve got to put in your brain that you can do these things,” Thrasher says. “You have to practice them exactly as you would do them in a real life encounter, and you have to rehearse and stay on top of it. You have to train to some degree, constantly.”
88 Tactical is expanding next year with a new training facility. The location along I-80 between Omaha and Lincoln is scheduled to open in April.