Area Church Leaders Train for Active Shooter

December 05, 2017 12:35 AM

(ABC 6 News) -- In a split second, anyone can fall victim to a shooter.

It’s not something church leaders thought they would ever need to train for, but after 26 people were killed in a Texas church massacre last month, "Some of the local churches started looking at their facilities and going ‘Wow, what do we do?’ “ said the Dodge County Emergency Management Director, Matt Maas. 

The Dodge County Sheriff's Office teamed up with the county's emergency management team to host an "Active Shooter Training" seminar.  Nearly 100 people representing over 35 churches attended. 

Neil Witzel, a former Head Deacon at Kasson First Baptist, was eager to join the discussion. “In this day in age, you have to worry about it. It’s part of what life is today.”
Installing cameras, keeping only one door unlocked during service and having an usher at the entrance point -- possibly one who carries -- are just some security methods. 

But it was emergency response that was the main focus. The run, hide, fight concepts and what do we do in the event we find yourself in a situation like this,” said Maas.  

“We have a few things that we will take and implement,” said Witzel. “Talk as a board.”

While not every shooting can be prevented, the idea is to lessen the consequences, according to Maas.

Being aware and being prepared, in a society where even a church can become a target. 




Hannah Tiede

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