Defense in Depth in Morgantown hosts first active shooter training course

Monongalia and Preston

Gun safety has been a common topic of conversation in the weeks since the mass-shooting in Parkland, Florida and many are now wanting to educate themselves on the issue. 

Defense in Depth in Morgantown held an active shooter training session on Sunday to discuss and educate on how to prepare for an active shooter situation.

The Director of Training, Nick Demedici, said education is key when it comes to these situations. 

“Unfortunately over the last several years these have become more prevalent, so we want to take steps to make sure that everyone is educated,” Demedici said. “If they were to find themselves in a situation, the best ways to react and ultimately increase their chances of survival.” 

The training consisted of informational videos, slideshows and PowerPoint presentations to further educate those interested.

The main focus seemed to stay on situation awareness.

“We teach a lot of the time in all our courses is a lot of situational awareness,” Demedici said. “It’s just simply paying attention to what goes on around you.” 

Victoria Shuman, an attendee of the active shooter training course, brought her daughters to the course because of recent tragedies within public schools. 

“Essentially one of the most important things I think is just to be aware of your surroundings before a situation arises so that you know what you’re going to do,” Shuman said. 

This was the first of many active shooter response classes held at Defense in Depth. The business said it will continuing educating the public on this issue twice a month.

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