Columbia County Sheriff holding active shooter training

October 19, 2017 07:19 PM

Every active shooter situation is a tragedy and a shock, but Columbia County Sheriff Investigator Anthony Brahm wants you to always be ready.

"It only takes a couple of seconds to look for avenues of the escape and places you can use as cover and concealment. Just be ready to except that it can happen anywhere, anytime," said Brahm.

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The sheriff's department has scheduled three active shooter training sessions across the county after the shooting in Las Vegas.  

Brahm and another officer have been around the country training for active shooter situations. They have learned a strategy called Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events or CRASE.

Brahm wants civilians to be ready to avoid, deny, and defend.

Avoid being stuck out in the open by having an exit plan.

"If you're going to a restaurant, look for your avenues of escape," said Brahm.

Deny the shooter's access to your hiding space by creating barriers if you can't get away.

And defend yourself using whatever you can.

We asked how an unarmed civilian can take down with someone with a gun.

"You get in the mindset by shifting your emotion from fear to anger. You're actually defending your life. This person's intent is to take as many lives as possible."

Deputies here are training for what they would have to do in an active shooter situation too. Back in May, they went to Taconic Hills and teamed up with the school, fire, and EMS and held a simulation.

Saratoga County had an active shooter training event at the racetrack earlier this month.  The Port of Albany did the same later that week.

Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett wants everyone to be ready.

"We've always made our school safer, and try to work with our kids and staff. Now this is broadening it," said Bartlett.

The sessions begin at 6 pm and are open to everyone, not just Columbia County residents. The dates are below:

October 30 - Ichabod Crane School

November 14 - Columbia-Greene Community College

TBA - Taconic Hills School




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