Oro Valley church to hold active shooter training exercise

By | September 11, 2019


CHURCH WANT TO PROTECT THE CONGREGATION FROM POTENTIAL MASS SHOOTINGS.. THE ST. ODILIA CATHOLIC CHURCH HAS ALREADY BANNED FIREARMS ON CAMPUS… AND AS NEWS FOUR TUCSON’S ZACK BRIGGS EXPLAINS… THEY’RE NOW TAKING THINGS A STEP FURTHER… WITH THE HELP OF ORO VALLEY POLICE. IT’S NEW AT FIVE. THEY’RE MEANT TO BE SANCTUARIES OF WORSHIP AND SAFETY. CURTISS HICKS: ” LIKE SCHOOLS, CHURCHES ARE ONE OF THOSE LOCATIONS THAT IF AN ATTACK HAPPENS AT A CHURCH, IT’S ONE OF THOSE THINGS THAT CAN AFFECT THE MINDSET OF THE WHOLE COUNTRY. ” NOVEMBER 5, 2017…A LONE GUNMAN KILLED 26 PEOPLE IN A SMALL COMMUNITY CHURCH IN SUTHERLAND, SPRINGS, TEXAS, BEFORE ENDING HIS OWN LIFE. SISTER JEAN: ” YOU THINK IT’LL NEVER HAPPEN TO YOU BUT THEN IT DOES SO WHAT DO YOU DO? ” ST. ODILIA CATHOLIC COMMUNITY…NOW TAKING ACTION. SISTER JEAN: ” REMEMBER THE OLD GIRL SCOUT AND BOY SCOUT MOTTO BE PREPARED? WELL THAT’S WHAT WE’D LIKE TO DO IS TO PREPARE OURSELVES THE LEADERSHIP BUT ALSO THE PEOPLE WHO COME TO US AS PARISHIONERS IN STORES AS CUSTOMERS. ” ORO VALLEY POLICE’S TRAINED THREE CHURCHES THIS MONTH ON WHAT TO DO IN THE EVENT OF AN ACTIVE SHOOTER SITUATION. THE HOUR AND A HALF CLASS IS BASED OFF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY’S RUN HIDE FIGHT MODEL. HICKS: ” THOSE WHO RUN HAVE THE HIGHEST SURVIVAL RATE, THOSE WHO HIDE HAVE THE SECOND HIGHEST SURVIVAL RATE AND THOSE FIGHT BACK HAVE THE THIRD HIGHEST SURVIVAL RATE ALL BETTER THAN THOSE PEOPLE WHO SIT THERE AND JUST WAIT TO DIE. ” THE CLASS WILL ALSO FOCUS ON WAYS TO MAKE CHURCHES HARDER TARGETS…ENSURIN G THEY’RE PROTECTED AND MAINTAINED AS PEACEFUL PLACES OF GOD. SISTER JEAN: ” IT’S LIKE YOU’LL NEVER HAVE A FIRE THEN YOU DO HOW DO YOU RESPOND TO THAT IN A LOGICAL AND PRAYERFUL SUCCESSFUL WAY. ” THIS ACTIVE SHOOTER TRAINING COURSE. IT’S OPEN TO THE PUBLIC IT’S FREE AND IT KICKS OFF AT 10 O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING ON SATURDAY HERE AT AUTHORITIES ARE INVESTIGATING

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