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Posted on: April 17, 2019

4-17-19 Bristol, TN Police Department is set to host civilian active shooter response class in June

The Bristol Tennessee Police Department will host a Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) class on Wednesday, June 5, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Frank Winston Auditorium at Tennessee High School.

The CRASE class is a preparedness course geared towards civilians who could find themselves in an active shooter event, giving them the knowledge to take immediate action to save their own lives before law enforcement arrives. The attendees will be provided strategies, guidance, and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event. Topics that will be discussed include: the history and prevalence of active shooter events, civilian response options, medical issues, psychological issues during and after these events, as well as other considerations. Participants will also hear from a survivor of the Virginia Tech active shooter event. Individuals, businesses, churches, educators, community groups, or any other types of organizations are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The course was developed by the ALERRT (Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training) Center at Texas State University and is designed around the Avoid, Deny, Defend strategy. “This class is important because you will be taught how to think differently should the unthinkable situation arise,” said Lt. Brian Hess with the Bristol Tennessee Police Department. “Through real-world examples, videos, and hypothetical training, class attendees will receive hands-on training of what to do when an intruder enters a room, knowing the importance of where the exits are, and what you should do if the exits are blocked. With this information, the class can save lives.” 

There is no cost to attend, but participants are asked to sign up on Eventbrite to reserve a spot.

For more information on the CRASE class, please contact Lt. Brian Hess at bhess@bristoltn.org or 423-989-3453.

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