The Federal Bureau of Investigation offered a training to media members so they learn how to protect themselves in the event of active shooter incidents. Special Agent in charge Michael DeLeon says active shooter awareness training aims to empower people with the knowledge of how to react.
KGUN9's Craig Smith, Whitney Clark, Carlos Herrera, Jennifer Martinez and Max Darrow attended the training. The overall goal of the training, according to SWAT Senior Team Leader Gallante, is not to scare but to educate individuals, companies, and organizations and encourage them to develop plans to prepare and respond to active shooter events.
The training consisted of a presentation, videos and a Q&A. The FBI provided guidance to help groups develop processes that meet their specific needs and requirements. The plans encourage the "Run, Hide, Fight" principle. These three options can be used in any order. "The situation will dictate which option is the best choice," Gallante said.
For most who attended, the training was beneficial, "it puts things into perspective and makes you realize you need to be prepared for a tragedy to happen at any time," Herrera said.
To learn more about "Run, Hide, Fight" and active shooter awareness resources, visit www.fbi.gov.