VANDALIA — The Vandalia Division of Police held its first Active Shooter training class last week at the department. The class, which is open to all businesses and individuals who live, work, worship, or attend school in Vandalia and Butler Township, gives tips on how to respond to an active shooting incident.
“There has been a rising trend in active shooter incidents since 2001, with 197 incidents as of the latest statistics in 2013,” said Vandalia Crime Prevention Officer Douglas Nagel.
An active shooter is defined by the Department of Homeland Security as “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area.”
The training lasted approximately one hour and is designed specifically for businesses.
“The training is straight forward and to the point and designed not to take the whole day,” said Nagel.
Doug Smith, who is the Maintenance and Facility Manager at All Service Plastic Molding (ASPM), said it is important to be prepared for what could happen in such an unthinkable incident.
“We have anywhere from 440-490 employees on our site and we do what we can to keep them safe,” said Smith. “We practice drills but plan to use this training to improve on them. This training brings a new light to these situations.”
Topics in the class included personal safety, active shooter stereotypes, what is considered a weapon, knowing surroundings, and more.
Nagel said that additional training sessions are planned on Tuesday, July 28 and Thursday, August 20 at 9 a.m. in the police department’s training room.
Registration is limited to 40 people. To reserve your spot, contact Nagel at 937-415-2272 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.