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Bristol, Tennessee police to host class on active shooter response

Johnson City Press • Updated Feb 15, 2019 at 8:32 PM

BRISTOL — The Bristol Tennessee Police Department will host a Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events class on Wednesday, March 20, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Slater Community Center Auditorium, the department said. 

The course is geared toward civilians who could find themselves in an active shooter event and giving them the knowledge to take action to save their own lives before law enforcement arrives.

Participants will learn about disaster response and how to prepare for and respond to being trapped inside a building during an active shooter event, as well as steps to take to assist law enforcement and to limit casualties.

Individuals, businesses, churches, educators, community groups or any other types of organizations are welcome and encouraged to attend, the department said. 

“This class is important because you will be taught how to think differently should the unthinkable situation arise,” said Sgt. Brian Hess with the Bristol Tennessee Police Department.

“Through real-world examples, videos and hypothetical training, class attendees will receive hands-on training of what to do when an intruder enters a room, knowing the importance of where the exits are and what you should do if the exits are blocked. With this information, the class can save lives.”

There is no cost to attend the class, but participants are asked to RSVP. For more information on the class or to RSVP, contact Hess at [email protected] or 423-989-3453.

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