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Staff learns survival strategies for active shooter situation

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards holds session for employees

Feb. 16, 2018
By Lori Sharn

The man with the blue plastic gun appeared around the corner, and people started running. Other staffers in the large open office tried to disrupt the gunman—by lobbing brightly colored balls at him.

The exercise at the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards prompted some laughing rather than screaming, but the subject was deadly serious: how to respond when someone starts shooting. CEO Kevin Keller said CFP Board puts a priority on security. He noted that the group enforces professional standards and holds hearings at its office at 1425 K St. NW in Washington, D.C.

“There are people who may not be happy with us from time to time,” Keller said. Active-shooter training “is the appropriate thing to do to help equip our staff in the 21st century.”

The killing of 17 people at a Florida high school Feb. 14 was the 30th mass shooting of 2018, according to the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive.

With the help of Senior Property Manager Kelliann Whitley of Blake Real Estate, CFP Board identified Scott Zimmerman, CEO and founder of K17 Security, to lead a training session. Zimmerman, a police officer in the D.C. area, has been providing active-shooter training to companies and organizations since 2009. Zimmerman said he has held sessions for the local chapters of several associations.