County hosts active shooter training

Active Shooter

Last week emergency management hosted a series of active shooter trainings for offices across Gulf County.

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 09:10 AM.

Consider last Friday job training no one wants, but now, everyone needs.

A series of active shooter trainings were held for Gulf County Schools, the Gulf County Sheriff’s Office, Gulf Coast State College, Florida Department of Health, Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf and Gulf County Emergency Management.

Educational sessions earlier in the week culminated with a lockdown exercise at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School run by an evaluation team from Disasters, Strategies, and Ideas Group (DSI), the organization responsible for designing and managing the exercise.

Teachers from Gulf County schools met on Wednesday for an educational session presented by Terry Schenk, exercise director for DSI. Schenk and his team shared videos and statistics with the teachers, mentally prepping them for how to handle a situation in which an active shooter enters the school, facility lockdown procedures and the role of local law enforcement.

“Hopefully this will never happen in your community,” Schenk said. “But let’s acknowledge that we have an active shooter problem in this country.”

Focused on stats generated from school shootings over the past decade, Schenk shared that most shootings last fewer than 80 seconds. The rate of school-related shootings rose from an average of five per year before 2008 to 15 per year in subsequent years.

As the number rose, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has put together an active shooter team and has offered free training to more than 500 police departments across the country. That training has begun to incorporate military style tactics including first aid.



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