It is a chilling fact of life that institutions in our world have to consider such things as an active shooter incident. While a discussion of someone with dangerous intent should include more than just firearms, for the sake of this reply I will simply share my experience with you.
I am a sworn volunteer member and supporter of our city's Certified Emergency Response Team. (CERT) We serve to augment community services (primarily our fire department) in times of emergency such as natural disasters or other crisis. Since inception, over 1,600 volunteers have been trained by our fire department, in a city with a population of 65,000.
I recently refreshed my CPR and basic first aid training as a part of our community's CERT program. Included in the training was discussion and review of available aid materials to treat major wounds as might be experienced during a shooting, bombing or attack by other means. These materials were not a part of my initial training seven years ago, a sobering thought indeed. Our class also discussed handling the psychological impact of such in event, including how our fire department is trained to deal with stress during and following a response.
I imagine that your preparedness plans include a first aid course, or CERT-type course. The benefit of having staff training in these matters is obvious.
Jerry GrieserRedondo Beach, CA
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