GOSHEN – Orange County officials want to keep schools, parents, and other organizations safe in the event of an active shooter incident and have prepared a video for them to learn how to handle such an event.
County Executive Steven Neuhaus said there have been “a number of close calls over the last few years,” but he said the most important thing to do is for law enforcement and the public to continue to train and drill.
State Police Captain Pete Cirigliano said they want the police and the public to be aware of their surroundings.
“We just want to make sure that everybody knows what they are supposed to do; they have the plan, they know what to do, they know how to execute it,” he said.
County Emergency Services Commissioner Brendan Casey said a big part of drills is “getting together with your counterparts in the school so when you meet the superintendent, the principal, it’s not on the day of the event, it’s prior to that so you get a feel for who everybody is, and it gives us a better-coordinated response.”
Sheriff Paul Arteta said the video will be helpful in “our further training for schools and students and for law enforcement so that we’re all working together.”
WHY IS ACTIVE SHOOTER TRAINING SO IMPORTANT:
Active shooter training is considered important for several reasons:
- Preparedness: Active shooter incidents have unfortunately become more prevalent in recent years. Training individuals on how to respond to an active shooter situation increases their preparedness and equips them with knowledge and skills that can potentially save lives.
- Awareness: Active shooter training raises awareness about the signs and indicators of potential threats. It helps individuals recognize warning signs, such as unusual behavior or statements, and encourages reporting of suspicious activities to appropriate authorities. Increased awareness can lead to early intervention and prevention of such incidents.
- Response strategies: Active shooter training provides people with effective strategies for responding to an active shooter situation. This may include actions like evacuation, sheltering in place, or even engaging with the shooter as a last resort. Training helps individuals understand the best course of action based on their specific circumstances and increases their chances of survival.
- Stress management: Being in an active shooter situation can be extremely stressful and chaotic. Training can help individuals better manage their stress levels and make rational decisions during high-pressure situations. It can provide them with a sense of empowerment and confidence to take action instead of being paralyzed by fear.
- Collaboration and communication: Active shooter training emphasizes the importance of effective communication and collaboration during an emergency. It teaches individuals how to communicate with law enforcement, emergency responders, and other affected individuals to coordinate a response and ensure everyone’s safety.
- Safety planning: Training sessions often include the development of safety plans for various locations, such as schools, workplaces, and public spaces. These plans outline specific steps to be taken during an active shooter event, including evacuation routes, designated safe areas, and methods of communication.
- Risk reduction: Active shooter training, combined with other security measures like access control and surveillance systems, can contribute to a reduction in overall risk. By implementing comprehensive training programs, organizations can enhance their security protocols and create a safer environment for employees, students, and the public.
While active shooter training cannot guarantee complete safety or prevent all incidents, it plays a crucial role in empowering individuals to respond effectively, mitigating the impact of such events, and potentially saving lives.