If You Get The Outdoor Channel…

If you subscribe to the Outdoor Channel (or have a friend who does), you will want to see the Best Defense tonight. It will feature their mass casualty event reenactment modeled on the Paris music hall terrorist attack. The goal was to find ways for you to survive such an event.

I don’t have the Outdoor Channel but I understand that the show will eventually be rebroadcast on their new My Outdoor TV (Shooting Gallery Online) digital network.

From Michael Bane:

CO — The two scariest words in the English language are “what it?”
There have been a dozen terror attacks in the United States in 2016;
“what if” you or your family are trapped in the worst case you can
producers of THE BEST DEFENSE, Michael Bane and Jeff Murray, decided to
tackle that question head on in a compelling, and terrifying, special
premiering on OUTDOOR CHANNEL at 8:00 PM ET Wednesday, September 28,
encoring November 2 (Time to be announced).
if’ is a simple question with a hellish answer,” said Bane. “Literally
days before the San Bernardino attacks, Jeff and I began discussing an
idea to create the most realistic terrorist attack simulation possible,
then use the tools we’ve developed in THE BEST DEFENSE over multiple
seasons to help people survive.”   
producers’ number one goal was to create a scenario so realistic that
it was hard to turn away. Working from the basics of the Paris concert
hall attacks, Bane and Murray reached out to both law enforcement and
military counterterrorism experts and trainers who studied mass casualty
events, THE BEST DEFENSE training team of Mike Seeklander and Michael
Janich, paramedics specializing in first response and even renowned
mental health experts to build the scenario and capture as much as
possible the reality of being trapped in a mass casualty attack.
made the decision to use FX to make the scenario more realistic,” Bane
said. “We were lucky enough to have the help of the Larimer County (CO)
SWAT team and local paramedics. The Mass Casualty Event is certainly the
most complex sim I’ve ever been involved with.”
film team headed by award-winning documentarian Brandon Green shot the
whole event in ultra-high resolution 4K. Green worked with the FX team
to make every shot fired as realistic as possible.
this is the most ‘vetted’ scenario we could build. Every move, every
action taken is based in reality and run through some of the most
knowledgeable experts in the world,” Bane said. “Even the crowd reaction
is based on cutting edge research from Dr. William Aprill…as each
‘extra’ arrived, that person was given a card explaining how he or she
should react when the attack started. We were lucky enough to have
Michael Janich’s highly trained cadre of martial arts experts to create
an even more realistic sim. In fact, our main ‘terrorist’ served in the
Israeli Defense Force as a sniper and Master Breacher, and is an expert
in counterterrorism techniques.” 
experts, in addition to the TBD Team of Seeklander and Janich, include
Ken Hackathorn, considered one of the top firearms trainers in the
world; Gabe Suarez, probably the most experienced trainer in studying
and dissecting mass casualty events and teaching civilian response; Dr.
Dan Olesnicky, SWAT team physician, a first responder in terrorist
events and one of the leading trainers of tactical medicine; Dr. William
Aprill of Aprill Risk Consulting, considered the national expert on
criminal and terrorist mindset; former SEAL Jimmy Graham, who also
served as Lead Instructor for elite Federal Government Protective
details in high risk environments and presently heads up the Active
Shooter Response Training Center in the Denver area.
team is tremendously proud of this effort, and we thank OUTDOOR CHANNEL
for putting this information in front of so many people,” Bane said.
“Since we began planning for this special, there have been 12 terrorism
events in the United States and literally one a day around the world. We
believe this information is critical, and we hope our viewers never
have to use it.”

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