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Batavia Chamber of Commerce Offers Series of Safety Training Programs Beginning Thursday, August 22

Aug 14, 2019 12:28PM

Batavia - Upcoming training workshops offered by the Batavia Chamber of Commerce, along with Chamber member Controlled F.O.R.C.E., will address timely personal and workplace safety issues that speak to current events.

Rob Sarra, deputy director of business development for Controlled F.O.R.C.E., will present "Situational Awareness" on August 22 to help individuals become positive actors instead of bystanders or victims during unsafe or critical incidents. (Image via Batavia Chamber)

All programs will be held at Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water Street, Batavia, 8-11am. The interactive courses are taught under the direction of Rob Sarra, deputy director of business development for Controlled F.O.R.C.E., as well as other specialized trainers. 

The price is $30 each for Chamber members and $40 for non-members. A reduced rate of $80 for Chamber members and $110 for non-members is available for registrants of all three classes. 

Registration is available online at or by calling 630-879-7134.

Topics include the following:

August 22 - Situational Awareness
  • Teaches individuals to be cognizant of their surroundings in everyday life from both a physical and mental perspective, learning how to manage their reactions and mindset during a potentially critical situation.
  • The goal is that ultimately, the participants will become positive actors instead of bystanders or victims during unsafe or critical incidents.

October 24 - Verbal De-escalation

  • This training is invaluable for professionals in the workplace, or those who interact with outside customers daily.
  • The ability to accurately assess potentially violent confrontations and, when feasible, defuse them, ultimately avoids incidents leading to injury and legal liabilities.

January 16, 2020 - Until Help Arrives

  • The goal of this course is to teach participants basic skills to keep people with life-threatening injuries alive until professional help arrives.
  • It is intended for adults with limited or no first aid training.

According to Sarra, recent events point to the need for increased diligence by citizens to ensure their own safety, in public places as well as the workplace.

“We are seeing that individuals need to start taking responsibility as to what they can do either prior to, during, or even after an event takes place,” Sarra said. “People need to understand their own limitations and what they are capable of doing should they encounter a critical incident.”

Margaret Perreault, president and CEO of the Batavia Chamber of Commerce emphasized the need for this type of workforce training, indicating it may even prevent an incident.

“It is a benefit for businesses to employ a staff that not only is aware of what is going around them, they are trained to act if a potential situation arises,” Perreault stated. “They may be able to diffuse it entirely, or at least know what steps to take.”

All instructors will speak to their personal experiences in the subject matter. Examples of how these skills can be applied to real life situations will be used. Although these trainings are invaluable to anyone, if an area business is looking to send only a representative or two, Sarra has suggestions for them.

“I would send someone on their safety team, an executive with the firm or perhaps someone who arranges training for the company personnel,” he explained. “Not only will they gain valuable training, they will get an idea of what other training makes sense for their business.”

Besides his position at Controlled F.O.R.C.E., Rob Sarra is a current law enforcement officer in a part-time capacity and has been a law enforcement officer in Illinois since 2005. He has served as a resource officer at a Lake Park high school and is a Marine Corp veteran.


About Batavia Chamber of Commerce: A local business-centered organization, the Batavia Chamber of Commerce sponsors or is involved with several annual Batavia events; including the Annual Mayor’s Breakfast, Citizen of the Year/Ole Awards Event, and much more. The president and CEO is Margaret Perreault. Membership and information about upcoming Chamber and community events are available online at or by calling 630-879-7134.

About Controlled F.O.R.C.E.: The mission of Controlled F.O.R.C.E. is to improve the safety of our communities and provide first responders and military members cutting edge training. By instilling the knowledge and skills needed to operate with control and confidence, both civilians and first responders will have the confidence and ability to be prepared for any contingency that may arise. More information is available online at or by calling 630-365-1700.

Source: Shirley Mott/Batavia Chamber of Commerce