120 Phoenix-area school employees to undergo active shooter training
Jul 31, 2022, 2:00 PM
(Dougal Brownlie/The Gazette via AP, File)
PHOENIX — Local Phoenix-area school employees will undergo active shooter training to provide critical preparedness training to help equip school employees in case of an event, the city said in a press release.
Through a donation from Phoenix Suns Charities, Phoenix firefighters will begin lifesaving training at four different Valley locations.
A national program know as A.L.I.C.E. (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) will teach teachers awareness on different situations during a lockdown, classroom security, and how to actively distract a shooter, among other safety tips, the release said.
“According to the FBI, there were 61 active shooter incidents in 2021, which was over a 50% increase from the year before,” Phoenix mayor Kate Gallego told reporters Friday.
“Active shooter incidents are a reality we face. As we go back to school we want to make sure our teachers and school employees have the tools they need to respond.”
The training program was announced as many students around the Valley are preparing for the start of another school year.
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