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Syracuse University Offers Active Shooter Training for CNY Residents


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By Abigail Fridmann N.Y. (NCC News) —Fire drills and lockdowns have always been a large part of school and work training. But with all the recent mass shootings, active shooter drills and hostile event trainings are becoming more frequent.

Jon Sardino, associate chief of public safety at Syracuse University, says active shooter training is mandatory for all those who come in contact with the campus.

“Active Shooter training is part of new student orientation, and new employee orientation, so anyone that is new to the campus will receive it,” he said.

The training, in short, teaches three basic steps:

1.) Run from the building if you can.

2.) Hide in a secure location, with the doors locked and far away from windows.

3.) Fight, by using whatever resources you can to protect yourself and others.

Sardino says anyone in the community can and should attend this training.

“It’s gotten to a point where they know they need to do this. I know a couple people who a few years ago, didn’t want to do this,” Sardino said. “But this is serious, and now they’ve succumbed to the fact that they need to have this training.”

There are classes offered at Syracuse University that provide this training.

“So far the community has really taken to it. They seem grateful for the time we’ve spent,” Sardino said.

However, some experts say there needs to be more information included in these classes.

Tim Riecker says his years of experience have helped him with his job as a principal consultant at Emergency Preparedness Solutions.

“I’ve been doing it for awhile. I’ve been in public safety for about 22 years. I’ve been a first responder for about 10 years, and I’ve been an EMS,” Riecker said.

But he says there’s more to the “Run, Hide, Fight” tactic. He also suggests having a strategic plan to get everyone out of the building, as well as locating two or more exits to every facility.

“I support the initiative. I really do. But  just think there are a lot of things people aren’t considering when it comes to this training,” he said.

Riecker suggests visiting FEMA’s website and signing up for emergency reminder systems and alerts.