Southwest Florida residents will now be able to learn how to handle some of the most dangerous emergency situations as the Lee County Sheriff’s Office plans to open its active shooter and mass casualty training to the public in June.
Deputies regularly train for active shooter scenarios, and in the past private organizations, businesses, and churches have been able to receive training, but for the first time LCSO will be making training available to the general public during an event held at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers on June 16.
Undersheriff Carmine Marceno said that current events had convinced the LCSO that it was important to provide this kind of training to the average citizen.
“It’s unfortunate that we even discuss things like this today, but it is a reality for us so we are very forward thinking and want to deliver everything we can and all the tools and educational smarts to the citizens of this county to make sure they are safe,” Marceno said during a press conference Thursday announcing the event.
Attendees will learn how to assess, respond, and identify defenses during an active shooter situation.
“We have seen how bystanders have played an active role in responding to an active shooter or mass casualty event.” “We must empower the public to be a part of the solution if the unthinkable occurs.”
LCSO is also partnering with Lee Health to make sure trainees learn life-saving techniques as part of Homeland Security’s “Stop The Bleed” program, an initiative that was started after the events of Sandy Hook and is designed to help the public know how to save lives in the critical time between an incident and when first responders are able to arrive on the scene. The medical training is not just designed for active shooter scenarios, but any emergency where significant trauma may occur, like a car wreck.
Doors will open at 8 a.m. on June 16 and training will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The seminar is free, but space is limited, so Marecno encouraged those who are interested to sign up early on the LCSO website.
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