Health Care Facilities


Distributed Security, Inc. is a private defense firm. They are the creators of distributed security networks that enable enterprises to develop private defense bases and operate private security forces capable of defending immediate threats to community assets. DSI offers hospital and other health care facilities a turnkey package of services including infrastructure, training, provisioning, and outsourcing.

Hospitals and other health care facilities represent a unique challenge to defend against external threats for several reasons.  The facilities are typically not hardened against outside threats.  There are multiple potential avenues of entry due to the nature of the business.  In any given day there are thousands of individuals that typically in her the facility.  These include employees, medical practitioners, patients, visitors, sales personnel, outside contractors and a host of other individuals.  In addition, except for the largest institutions, there are minimal security personnel to provide defense.  Often the hospital security is out source to local law enforcement.  This invariably creates response time the maybe several minutes when seconds count. Also hospitals can be highly charged emotional environments by their very nature.

While many businesses, churches and schools are developing trained and arm to security forces composed of employees, staff or members, hospitals typically rely on an ineffective no weapon policies.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 states employers are required to meet mandatory health and safety standards in their place of business. As a hospital administrator, your first step to ensuring a safe work environment for your employees is being compliant with all OHSA regulations.

Hospitals and health care facilities have numerous organizations that require compliance with published standards such as The Joint Commision, state and local health departments as well as numerous other proffesional certifiying agencies.  When it comes to violent attacks from any threat- are you really compliant?

Distributed Security Inc. supports compliance with the OSHA General Duty Clause Section-5(a)(1) regarding prevention of violence. However, there are currently no standardized federal policies or procedures regarding workplace shootings or other acts of terriorism, as there are with fire and tornado emergencies.

The responsibility and liability for how you respond to a traumatic event rests with you as a business or community leader. Having no, or poorly conceived policies, procedures, or reaction strategies in place is no longer acceptable in today’s day and age. We all share a moral responsibility to prepare for and be able to respond to the ever-increasing number and severity of these types of events.

For the sake of your patients, staff, visitors, and everyone that comes into your facility contact us today so we can advise you on how to be prepared to deter, defend, defeat, and triage if and when the need arises.

DSI has developed a program specifically for hospitals and health care facilities.  At a minimum we can provide a vulnerability assessment and specialized medical training for all personnel based on tactical combat casually care principles and the Hartford consensus.  We can make recommendations for placement of public bleeding control stations as well as medical personnel  response kits.  If you think about it, due to extensive inventory control systems, it is almost impossible to find a Band-Aid in a modern hospital settings.  Think about how difficult it would me to find a tourniquet, when the difference between life and death can be a few precious minutes.  We are also able developed “train the trainer” programs in bleeding control (B-CON or Stop the Bleed campaign) that could be extended into the community as a public service.

We are also capable of providing more advanced team and unit training to develop a highly skilled armed team capable of responding to almost any foreseeable threat.

  • Conducting a security analysis
  • Forming your security cadre
  • Provisioning the team
  • Operational planning
  • Training the cadre
  • Validating your training
  • Mobilizing the team


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Training Philosophy

The Industry Standard Vs. The DSI Standard

Using military, law enforcement, and common private industry training standards as a gauge we want to give you a sense of how the DSI standard compares to the "industry" standard.

The industry standard focuses on range safety and artificiality by using tightly controlled, on-line, square range drills or movement under tightly controlled drills (such as "box" drills), in order to focus on draw speed and hits in a given area under a certain time limit. This type of training is often accompanied by hours in the classroom presenting declarative knowledge, which eats into the available live fire training time. When critical topics like use of force are taught in a classroom, rather than on your feet in the sudden, uncertain, violent and chaotic setting of combat (real or simulated) students are more likely to either overreact, or to hesitate and be afraid to apply the appropriate level of force.

DSI begins by looking at reality: the actual conditions of a gun fight. We believe that firearms skills must be integrated at the earliest possible moment with maneuver (movement with purpose). We believe that most of the declaratory knowledge can be absorbed by the student through readings, narrated videos, and dry practice drills on his schedule and on his own premises, before he ever sets foot on a range - especially if he has access to instructors to answer questions that may arise. We believe that your paid, on-range, supervised training time is a precious resource that should be maximized.

To be able to defend yourself, DSI believes you need to be killing enabled. Regardless of your technical skills, if you have not processed the issues surrounding deadly force well before the moment of crisis, if you cannot kill another when it is necessary to save yourself or other innocents, then you will fail.

Furthermore, one can only make proper decisions in lethal force engagements by way of orientation in the sense of Colonel John Boyd’s OODA Loop, and orientation only comes via experience under conditions as close as possible to those that will exist in a gunfight. Orientation relies on experiential knowledge, which cannot be attained only by reading or talking about scenarios. Nor can you survive a lethal encounter if your conscious mind is distracted from vital decisions to engage in every choice of action or technique. DSI’s training techniques develop sound, reality based semi-conditioned responses to maintain your situational awareness, maneuver safely, and react aggressively to contact. Your trained gun handling skills will take care of themselves, and the higher level conscious decisions – whether to shoot, how and whom to shoot – are fast, focused, and uncluttered. You will train this way from the start in both dry and live fire drills, and then reinforce that learning through challenging RBT (Reality Based Training) scenarios in our tactical training programs.

Solid curricula that pre-loads the declaratory knowledge, and then teaches integrated firearms and tactical skills in a reality-based environment will produce individuals and teams more capable than most military and police units. We base this statement on our personal experience of having trained thousands of military and law-enforcement personnel over 25 years). Operational police and military units (those units actively kicking in doors day in and day out) may be able to outperform our clients in certain aspects, based on that all-important factor of experiential learning (basing actions and decisions under stress on a fund of prior, applicable experience). But DSI can develop and implement effective training faster, applying the best and latest techniques and lessons-learned; and present it in a more compressed, highly effective format, because we have neither bureaucratic hoops to jump through, nor institutional inertia.