Falkville PD teach active shooter class

Charley Gaines

Hartselle Enquirer

About 20 older members of First Baptist Church of Falkville sat in the fellowship hall Thurs., Sept. 8 as Chief Chris Free spoke to them about active shooter situations and how they could be prepared.

“It’s happening all over the country, but why?” asked Free. He said it could be a number of things including rejection of some kind and other disappointments people have the potential of handling incorrectly. “We’re here to provide tips on how to handle it.”

Free introduced Sgt. Aaron Burgess and Officer Vaughn Lambert who were both present at the class. Free asked Burgess to play the short video the team brought for the class to watch on the “Run Fight. Hide.” principles during an active shooting.

The video explained how the first step in combating an active shooter is to run and get out of harms way as fast as possible, so the shooter doesn’t have time to do any harm.

“Leave your personal belongings behind,” Free said after the video. “That means purses and Bibles and things like that. You have to get out as fast as you can.”

The video said the next best thing to do in an active shooter situation is to hide. The narrator explained how potential victims in active shooter situations can barricade doors, or entry ways because usually, the shooter just wants to get the job done quickly, and get out of the area without being caught. “Shooters don’t want to do a lot of extra work when they’re going through somewhere,” said Burgess. Behind cabinets or desks or anything else that can conceal someone are suggested areas to retreat to if there’s an active shooter.

The third step in the “Run. Fight. Hide.” guide set is to fight back with anything and everything within reaching distance. Free explained how picking up any object could cause the shooter to become disoriented and unable to carry out the intended deed.

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