Preparing for the worst — Blackfoot police offering free active shooter response training

Submitted Photos  Officer Kenneth Williams, Officer Steve Scott and Corporal Quinton Kraus, all with the Blackfoot Police Department, teach the Civilians Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) training.

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Officer Kenneth Williams, Officer Steve Scott and Corporal Quinton Kraus, all with the Blackfoot Police Department, teach the Civilians Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) training.

BLACKFOOT — Blackfoot police are giving businesses, churches, schools, hospitals and other organizations a chance to learn how they should respond during an active-shooter incident — a timely message, given the mass shooting that occurred at a Florida high school on Valentine’s Day and school threats that have been reported in Eastern Idaho recently.

The police are offering free Civilians Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) training to any organizations that are interested in participating.

“The CRASE course, designed and built on the Avoid, Deny, Defend strategy developed by Texas State University’s Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center in 2004, provides strategies, guidance and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event,” according to a news release.

“Most of the time we go into panic mode because we have no plan,” Gay said, adding that the CRASE training can help. “(It gives people) confidence when they have a plan and know what they’re going to do.”

Gay said the officers can teach people about trying to avoid the shooters, limiting their access and, if necessary, how to defend themselves against them. They can also talk about what law enforcement’s response will be, and what people should know if they choose to arm themselves as a protection.

Gay said they recently taught a CRASE training at City Hall where they showed a film, talked about building exits and even fired some blank rounds so people could learn what it sounds like when a gun is fired indoors.

“(It sounds) different in a building,” he said.

Gay encourages people to take advantage of the training, which gives local organizations and police a chance to work together and prepare for emergency situations.

“It’s a really good thing for the community to participate (in),” Gay said.

For more information about the CRASE training, call the Blackfoot Police Department at 208-785-1235.