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CCSO to open active shooter training to the public next week

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What would you do if you were trapped in an active shooter situation? Southwest Florida residents will soon have the opportunity to learn about reacting to a dangerous situation as the Collier County Sheriff’s Office will offer an active shooter presentation to the public next week.

First Sgt. Neal Bohannon will hold the presentation on Tuesday, November 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. at South Regional Library located at 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway. CCSO said that Bohannon has been teaching the Active Shooter & Situational Awareness Training course for about five years, mostly to businesses and community organizations. Initially, the instructor only gave a handful of presentations, but after the 2015 mass shooting at a work Christmas party in San Bernardino, California, the course skyrocketed in popularity. Bohannon estimates he has now given over 200 presentations.

According to a release from the CCSO, the presentation centers around run, hide, fight tactics and when to use them. The training will also teach participants how to administer first aid to themselves or other victims during a mass shooter scenario. While many of the tips can seem like basic knowledge, Bohannon said that it is essential to have worked through the scenario before you find yourself trapped in an actual active shooter incident.

“It’s important that they’ve gone there before because when it happens, it’s too late to think about it,” Bohannon said. “That’s the main crux of the training.”

The demand for similar crisis training appears to be growing in Southwest Florida. In June, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office opened up it’s active shooter training program to the public during an event held at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers.

The presentation is free to the public but space is limited. Those interested can reserve their spot by clicking here.


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