|(Seguin) -- The Seguin Police Department today is preparing for a full house for its first scheduled Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events Training. |
In the past two decades, Seguin PD officials say horrific mass shootings such as the Sutherland Springs Church shooting, the Parkland Florida school shooting and the Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest Music Festival shooting have thrust mass shootings into public consciousness.
Tanya Brown, public information officer for the Seguin PD, says today's first training is a response to the potential for an active attack or other public crisis event.
"We think it's important that we reach out to the community and that civilians have the proper training and response in case of an active shooter or some type of crisis event and how they respond. So, we've always been under the impression that training is better because if you train, then you'll know how to respond and so the people will already have something maybe in their head on what they would do. Now, obviously some of those plans won't work out. So, that's why we go with the Run, Fight or Hide and so we want to educate the public on when is the appropriate time to run, when is it the appropriate time to hide and obviously when is the appropriate time to fight," said Brown.
Brown says response by the public for the training has been wonderful. She says although today's seating was limited due to a location change, there is still another opportunity for people to take part in the training at Texas Lutheran University's Jackson Auditorium on Saturday, Oct. 27.
"In the Texas Lutheran auditorium, obviously we are going to have quite a few seats on that. Now, this won't be our only training. We will do some additional training in the future so if you don't get into one of the classes in October, then we will be announcing some additional dates in the future," said Brown.
During the training, participants will be presented with several steps in which to take to help law enforcement response and to limit the number of potential victims. In addition, Brown says a new component has been added to the training during the afternoon.
"We have a Stop the Bleed immediately after that training which will start at 1 o'clock and will go to 4 o'clock and that is going to give you some training on some basic life saving techniques in case somebody is bleeding and you need to apply a tourniquet or pressure to save lives," said Brown.
Officials say research has shown that many of the mass shootings are over way before first responders arrive, which makes preparation paramount.
The next public training will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 27 at TLU's Jackson Auditorium.
The event is free but registration is encouraged by visiting the Eventbrite link found on the Seguin Police Department's Facebook page. Registration is also available by calling 830-386-2582.