Business owners get active shooter training

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Unfortunately we live in a time where the term “active shooter” has become common place.

While schools and government entities all conduct active shooter training, businesses are also getting onboard with preparing for the unexpected intruder.

An FBI agent was the featured speaker at a training event Friday in Boardman. The gathering was hosted by the Regional Chamber and was geared toward giving business owners a plan in case of an intruder or active shooter in their establishments.

Agent Todd Werth spoke to the crowd about how to prepare for an active threat and the best course of action to keep everyone safe.

New Middletown Police Chief Vincent D’Egido said the training not only helps the business owner but gives police responding to such incidents a head start in tracking down a suspect and tending to anyone who is wounded.

“All businesses should have a plan to respond in case of an active shooter. That helps law enforcement responding 100 percent. They are going to know how to respond. Should they shelter or evacuate,” said D’Egido. “We are going to come into a chaotic scene, and we need to know these people are safe and not involved in the shooting incident themselves.”

The Red Cross was also at the training session to let business owners know what their role is during and after an incident.

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