GIRARD — The Crawford County Commission learned about ALICE training during its regular meeting Tuesday, and made plans to bring it to the Crawford County Courthouse.
Crawford County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Anthony Picher spoke the the commission about ALICE training and how he and other instructors could implement it at the courthouse. ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate and is a system used to prepare individuals and organizations for an active shooter situation.
Picher said the training teaches people what their options are, and gives them the knowledge to decide what to do in an active shooter situation. The training covers things like barricading a door and identifying weapons, but the main goal is evacuation.
“The goal is that we want you out of the building,” Picher said. “Not just across the street, but far away and out of the open.”
ALICE Training also helps identify a relocation point, which serves as a place for everyone to go after evacuation. The relocation point serves as a safe location to make sure each person was evacuated, and keeps evacuees out of the way of responders.
The commission agreed that ALICE training was a good idea for the courthouse and asked Picher to pick two dates to offer the training. After the training course, the county will undergo an active shooter drill.
The commission plans to make the training mandatory for all courthouse personnel, as well as including county road and bridge employees at a later date.
“I tell people to take this information home to their families,” Picher said. “You can use the information from this training anywhere, whether it’s at home, at Wal-Mart, at a restaurant, anywhere.”
Picher said he and other instructors have conducted ALICE training at Miller’s and local schools. They have also received requests from Watco and several Pittsburg churches, he said.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.