Public invited to public safety session here Sept. 5

ALICE could save your life!

ALICE — (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) training is the No. 1 active civilian response training that provides options-based strategic methods against an active shooter.

The threat of an active shooter attack is rare but very real.  The goal of ALICE training is to eradicate the “It can’t happen to me” mentality and change the way people everywhere respond to armed intruders.  The goal is to empower people with the skills and knowledge to respond when shots are fired.  If the police cannot be there in time to help, the next best thing is to prepare people to help themselves until public safety arrives. 

ALICE training provides preparation and a plan for individuals and organizations on how to more proactively handle the threat of an aggressive intruder or active shooter event. Whether it is an attack by an individual person or by an international group of professionals intent on conveying a political message through violence, ALICE Training option based tactics have become the accepted response, versus the traditional “lockdown only” approach.

ALICE Training provides options and classes that address the unique challenges specific to police/law enforcement, K-12 schools, healthcare facilities, higher education, in shopping malls, sports stadiums, movie theatres, business, industry, and commerce alike.

Springfield schools have sponsored ALICE training sessions for their staffs, and new teachers in both Springfield Public and St. Raphael Schools have received the training.   

Community members are invited to join in a free, informational session sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System on Tuesday, Sept. 5, at 7:00 p.m. in the Springfield Public School gymnasium. Presenters will be Eric Schwarzrock, a member of the Brown County Sheriff’s Office, and Ashley Schmitt, Nurse Practitioner at the Mayo Clinic Health System. Eric has participated in a number of training sessions and his experience in public safety makes him well qualified to be a presenter.   Schmitt brings the health and behaviors component into the presentation.  

 The session will offer information regarding how to respond when shots are fired. If the police cannot be there in time to help, the next best thing is to prepare our civilian population to help themselves until public safety arrives and to improve chances of survival.

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