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Buckeye Firearms Foundation allows Cincy’s Local 12 exclusive access to Ohio teacher firearms training

by Chad Baus

9:52AM Thursday, July 23 2015

Buckeye Firearms Foundation continues to offer school faculty and administrators comprehensive training through its FASTER program, and just as Cleveland’s FOX 8 was provided exclusive access to a class offered recently in northeast Ohio, Cincinnati’s CBS affiliate (Local 12 WKRC) was given an inside look at another class offered this week in south central Ohio.

From the report:

The teachers and administrators have come from more than a dozen different Ohio counties. All the “students” already have their concealed carry licenses and the blessing of their school boards. At John Benner’s Tactical Defense Institute in Adams County, they’re learning powerful lessons about how to use guns in their schools.

The two day training is paid for by the Buckeye Firearms Association[sic], a 501 c3.

Jim Irvine from Buckeye told Local 12 News, “The first couple of years we trained teachers and they went back and asked for permission to carry now we have school boards and school administrators sending us people saying, ‘Will you please train them?’” While this is a first level class, some school districts have already progressed to second or third level’s. And the program keeps expanding. The training at TDI is about a whole lot more than just guns and shooting. Angela Armstrong is one of the instructors for the buckeye firearms association.

Just off the range, she explained, “It’s a huge responsibility to carry. Not just going through a concealed carry class you need to go get mindset training. The mindset is key, knowing how to use a firearm is one part of it.”

FASTER stands for Faculty / Administrator Safety Training & Emergency Response.

Created by concerned parents, law enforcement, and nationally-recognized safety and medical experts, FASTER is a groundbreaking, nonprofit program that gives educators practical violence response training.

The program offers a carefully-structured curriculum offering over 26 hours of hands-on training over a 3-day class that exceeds the requirements of the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy.

The purpose is not to replace police and EMT, but to allow teachers, administrators, and other personnel on-site to stop school violence rapidly and render medical aid immediately.

When violence strikes and students’ lives are on the line, every second matters. Faster response is better response.

FASTER saves lives!

Those interested in FASTER (Faculty/Administrator Safety Training & Emergency Response) training still have time to apply for classes this summer! CLICK HERE NOW!

Chad D. Baus is the Buckeye Firearms Association Secretary, BFA PAC Vice Chairman, and an NRA-certified firearms instructor. He is the editor of, which received the Outdoor Writers of Ohio 2013 Supporting Member Award for Best Website.

Buckeye Firearms Foundation (501c3) president Jim Irvine introduces the Faculty/Administrator Safety Training and Emergency Response (FASTER) Program

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