PITTSBURG — Certified Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate trainers have been teaching local churches on how to improve their chances of survival in the event of a mass shooting.
On Sunday, Devin Patrick Kelley killed 26 people and injured 20 others in a mass shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
Churches in Crawford County have already taken steps in the past to increase the survival rate in the event of an active shooter.
Crawford County Undersheriff Steve Geier said some churches in Crawford County have been trained by ALICE instructors, along with the area schools and some local businesses.
“It gives them an idea what to do in an active killer event,” he said.
The training consists of powerpoints and hands-on scenarios.
He said there are about 15 instructors in Crawford County and ministries or businesses can sign up for training by contacting the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office and asking for Geier.
Geier said it the training improves chance and survival, he said it takes five to seven minutes for police to make it to a scene and most are over within five minutes after their attack.
Trinity Southern Baptist Pastor Jordan Hodges said a police officer taught their ministry what to do in the event of an active shooter.
He said the church, like other local churches, are making sure their congregations are safe.
“Worshipers do not have to worry about safety,” he said. “They don’t have to worry about anything but worshiping God in here.”
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