Firearms 301: Presented by the AZA Safety Committee

This webinar was held on Wednesday October 12, 2022 and is being developed into an online course for the ZAHP E-Learning Site along with Firearms 201, which was originally offered in-person at the 2022 Safety Summit.  Announcements will be shared to the listserv and website once these courses are live.  Firearms 101 is already available on the learning platform.

The questions around how to arm and prepare firearm teams in Zoos seem to be inexhaustible. For many unfamiliar with this topic, there is the desire to find a simple, plug and play solution. Well, it just isn’t that simple.

In this webinar, panelists will share firearms team survey data gathered from the AZA Safety Network as well as 4 case studies that outline how 4 different institutions have armed and prepared their teams. Each will acknowledge the fact that there are many ways to address the unique needs of zoological institutions. The case studies represent what each has determined works best for their institution. No two are alike, but none are wrong. The diversity of ways each had outfitted their teams to respond to PDA escape and un-protected contact, reflects the diversity within and between our institutions. In addition to the presentations, there will be ample time for Q&A.

Disclaimer: This webinar is advisory in nature, informational in content, and intended to assist facilities in providing a safe and healthful environment. Considerations therein do not replace or override any applicable federal, state, or local laws, regulations or ordinances. Content may not address all of the safety concerns for a specific facility. It is the responsibility of each facility through the application of technical judgment and experience to determine the appropriate procedures for that facility. Views expressed in the webinar are solely those of the speakers and not AZA.