TRAINING – An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in harming or attempting to harm the public in a populated area. Recent active shooter incidents have underscored the need for a coordinated response from emergency agencies.
Jackson County Courthouse hosted a two-day active shooter course with county departments attending. Representative, John Bolling with West Virginia Corp led the course stressing the following key components:
· Sign up for an active shooter course, preparedness is the best way to combat any situation.
· If you see something, say something and contact 911 immediately.
· Be aware of the environment and any possible dangers.
Make a plan
· Have a workplace plan to ensure everyone knows what to do in the face of an emergency.
· Look for the two nearest exits in a public setting, have an escape plan in mind and/or identify places to hide.
· Understand the plans for individuals with disabilities or other access and functional needs.
During an incident
· Getting away from the shooter or shooters is the top priority.
· Leave all personal belongings behind and exit immediately.
· Help others escape, if possible but evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow.
· Warn and prevent individuals from entering an area where the active shooter may be.
· Provide 911 with a physical description of shooter, a location, and any weapons.
Hide if escape is not possible
· Get out of the shooter’s view and stay very quiet.
· Silence all electronic devices.
· Lock and block doors, close blinds and turn off all lights.
· Stay in place till law enforcement verifies everything is clear.
Fight as an absolute last resort
· Commit to your actions and act as aggressively as possible against the shooter.
· Be prepared to cause severe or lethal injury to the shooter.
· Throw items and improvise weapons to distract and disarm the shooter.
After the incident
· Keep all hands visible and empty when meeting police.
· Understand law enforcement’s first task is to end the threat, and they may have to pass over injured along the way. However, they will return once the incident is resolved.
· Listen to law enforcements commands, evacuate accordingly unless instructed otherwise.
· Understand EMS will not be on scene, they will be staged in a safe area and enter only once instructed to by law enforcement.
· If you or someone is harmed causing bleeding to occur, apply direct pressure with a clean gauze or clothing item until EMS arrives to assist.
Jackson County Sheriff Tony Boggs commented, “Hopefully, [this class] will help raise awareness, give ideas and thoughts as to what can happen in a bad situation and how to survive it.”
Jackson County EMS Director Steve McClure stated, “We want everyone to understand what could happen, to make everyone aware and trying to help everyone develop the correct communication procedures.”
Jackson County 911 Communications Supervisor Montana Boggess commented, “Active shooter training courses are imperative for continuing community safety strides. Highlighting what to expect, from the initial 911 call to the end result. These courses help prepare individuals for an unexpected event.”
The Jackson County Sheriff Department, Emergency Medical Services, and 911 Center work in correlation to serve the citizens of Jackson County during emergency situations.
By Ashley Davis
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