Preventing an active shooter scenario

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What do you when there’s an active shooter? The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has the answer.

“The past history with school shootings is tragic. You know everybody hopes and prays that it never happens to them but you always have to train a be prepared for it” says Ferrum College Police Chief Jim Owens.

Franklin County Sheriff’s conducted an active shooter course at Ferrum College. Since these cases are becoming more frequent. Learning new tactics is always useful.

“You know our school is much smaller than the majority of colleges around here so we really get to know the students and the faculty and staff and is truly a family atmosphere and we want to do what we can to be prepared as possible,” explains Owens.

The Franklin County Department of Public Safety, Virginia State Police, and the Virginia Conservation Police participated in the Active Attack Integrated Response training. But they weren’t the only ones from the course.

“It’s not just police it’s fire and rescue these folks are coming, learning, and being trained to do something that they weren’t originally trained for. Likewise the police are learning to do more than just take care of the problem and that’s it,” states Owens.

According to Franklin County Sheriff Bill Overton the training is all about communication and precision.

“We need to know what each others responsibility is and what each other is doing so when we get in there it just naturally occurs and happens it’s not second guessing.”

In the end prevention is key.

“The quicker the response is and getting that element of the threat eliminated as quick as possible that’s where you save lives,” says Overton.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office hopes that learning these new skills will continue to bring more awareness to the possibility of active shooter scenarios.

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