The North Dakota Safety Council will offer a training course to help prepare people in the case of an active shooter.
The Active Shooter Survival Training will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 17 at Bismarck State College.
Serena Schmit, marketing coordinator for the safety council, said numerous people called the nonprofit organization in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., inquiring about training courses available to teach people how to deal with armed intruders in places where people gather, such as schools, businesses and churches.
“We wanted to provide that resource for the public at as low of a cost as we could,” she said.
Schmit said the safety council has worked before with PROtective Services Inc. to provide training, and the company agreed to put on a program. Stefan Salmonson, president of PROtective Services, will lead the course. Salmonson is a licensed deputy sheriff, tactical trainer, licensed protective agent, licensed private detective, certified body guard, international security consultant and military specialist.
The training will focus on ways of detecting a shooter, profiles of “active shooters,” recognizing and responding to potential workplace violence, security equipment and signage, ways to increase survival during a shooting, and awareness and response training recommendations.
Schmit said the training will be in a classroom setting, rather than hands-on.
“Our goal for the training is to have attendees have a well thought out plan, if and when it happens,” she said.
Schmit said the class will be for 140 people. The training was announced Friday, and by Wednesday, 20 spots had been filled. Schmit said the early applicants included school administrators, law enforcement officials, a transportation company and hospital employees.
The course costs $49 per person and includes lunch. To register, go to http://www.ndsc.org or call 800-932-8890.