Roanoke agencies to host seminar on workplace safety, active-shooter training

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) Local agencies across the Roanoke Valley will host a free course for local businesses Thursday about how to respond and prevent emergencies in the workplace.

“A lot of business owners, managers, supervisors don’t know how to deal with that situation so sometimes it might get swept under the rug,” says Commander Chris Kuyper of the Roanoke County Police Department.

The Roanoke County Police Department is partnering with the City of Roanoke Department of Economic Development, Roanoke County Economic Development, and the Roanoke City Police Department to help businesses in identifying threats and how to handle them.

Officials say this program is in response to the number of mass shootings that not only occur across the country but in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

This six-hour training session will cover a variety of topics such as Run, Hide, Fight strategies and what gunfire actually sounds like through hands-on activities.

“What we want to do through that, is, we want to reduce the lag time as far as a response is concerned and that when you hear those gunshots, you know what they are because you are acclimated to the sounds and that you respond quicker,” says Commander Kuyper.

After people attend the program, Commander Kuyper encourages local businesses to develop their own emergency plans and to practice them actively.

The seminar begins at 9 a.m. on Thursday at the Vinton War Memorial.

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