Are you scared that a crazed gunman will whip out a firearm and start shooting everyone around you? If you live in Ohio, then fear not! The Grove City Division of Police has announced that it will begin offering active shooter event safety training courses to the public. The police receive expert training to learn how to survive an encounter with a crazed gunman, so why shouldn’t tax-paying citizens be able to benefit from that advice, too?
Grove City Police Sgt. Rick Hardy told reporters that his department will offer a four-and-a-half hour training course on June 30.
Conventional wisdom tells people to run and hide if they ever come across a shooter, but Hardy explained that there a few subtleties that could make the difference between life and death. He said, "maybe escape and evacuation is their best option and how they can do that safely, knowing what to look for, what to listen for.”
He went on to explain that, in some situations, running and hiding is not always the best option.
"What if we have children who have medical issues and they need medication,” Hardy asked. “Are we prepared for that? What if I have to get out of the room? How do I get out of the room? How do I break a window? How do I do it safely?"
Hardy did not indicate whether the class will cover fire extinguisher combat training. Recently, the federal government released a document entitled, “Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Houses of Worship,” which gives Americans pointers about surviving an active shooter event. One portion of the document states that it might be necessary to bonk the shooter with a fire extinguisher.
Would you be interested in participating in an active shooter safety course? The odds of you ever needing the training are fairly low, but it could prove invaluable the next time somebody snaps and starts shooting up the place.