Active Shooter Civilian Response Training Classes Open to Public

Did you ever wonder what you would do if someone were shooting at you or a loved one?  Unfortunately, this situation is not as rare as it once was.  There have been two shooting incidents in the Far North Central corridor this summer alone.  In the aftermath of the tragedies in Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, people are realizing that it can happen to them, said Chief Aristides Jimenez, who runs the Community Readiness and Intelligence Division of the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office. 

Last spring, Chief Jimenez began a program to train first responders and members of the public how to avoid and survive a crisis.  

“Participants learn how to prepare for and respond to being trapped inside a building during an active shooter event, how they can assist law enforcement and limit casualties.”

During these training sessions, participants will look at how people react in disasters and high stress events. Chief Jimenez said there’s a lot of misinformation. People have been taught to “Run, Hide and Fight,” which doesn’t work in many situations, he said. His material uses a different approach, instead training people to Avoid, Deny and Defend - actions that may make a life or death difference. 

For example, “Deny is not hiding – it is denying access to you,” he stressed.  “Lock the door; barricade the door.  In 242 active shooter events from 2002-2016, not one single person who was behind a locked door has ever been killed.” 

People who survive go through the (reaction) process faster and take better actions at the decisive moment because they have prepared beforehand,” according to the training material. 

He also addresses how to appropriately use a licensed concealed-carry weapon for defense and what to do to remain safe once law enforcement arrives. 

“These are the things we try to teach the public,” Chief Jimenez said.  “I don’t want another Sutherland Springs. This could have saved lives.”

Get prepared! Stone Oak residents have two opportunities this summer to attend a free training session nearby.  The first, sponsored by Girls on the Run, will be July 19, from 6-8 p.m., at the YMCA Administration Building, 231 E. Rhapsody 78216.  The second will be held Aug. 23, from 1:30-3:30 p.m., at the Hilton Airport, 611 NW Loop 410, 78216. Both are open to the public at no charge. Reservations are not required.  For more information, contact the office of Bexar County Chief Jimenez at 210-335-6169 or find him on Facebook at DCJimenez. 

 

“Know what you do matters,” Chief Jimenez stressed.  “Your safety is your own responsibility.  Doing something can save not only your life, but that of your loved ones.” 

 

By: Amy Morgan