Two Day Cilvilian Safety Training At Local College

by Courtney Wheaton on February 7, 2014 at 6:48 am

A special certification training took place at the Ohio University Zanesville- Zane State Campus on Friday.

The Public Safety Department at the college hosted an ALICE Institute training session to teach visitors how to protect themselves in an active shooter situation. Members from the organization taught visitors how to use different safety defense procedures to save their lives.

"ALICE training basically uses all the options available to people. It’s leaving the facility, countering for people that are in direct contact or barricading. We still use lockdown and not just relying on door locks, door locks have failed before in these incidents," said Lt.Hendrey.

Lt .Hendry says up until this June, there was a large debate in the Ohio house on how people should respond to life threatening situations. In the past people were told to lie flat and stay silent.

"One thing I found extremely controversial teaching children to lay on the ground not move and be quiet even if somebody was shooting at them. It didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me when I got involved with the program, this program makes a lot more sense. It’s age appropriate and we are training people to survive an incident rather than not survive an incident," said Lt. Hendry.

The ALICE program does not condone violence, but gives students and faculty a variety of ways to escape an active shooter. Each class member received an ALICE certification once they completed the two day program.