Active shooter training held for Madison diocesan staff

With stories of workplace and school shootings making up the latest news headlines, the task of learning how to protect one’s self and save lives is gaining importance.

Staff members from the Diocese of Madison and other organizations in the Holy Name Heights building recently took part in active shooter training in order to be prepared to react to an event, if it should happen.

The purpose of the training, presented by Deputy Josalyn Longley and Cindy Holmes from the Dane County Sheriff’s Office, was because “we want you to be able to take responsibility to participate in your own survival,” said Holmes.

‘Run. Hide. Fight.’

The two presenters said that the average active shooter event lasts four to eight minutes, more than 70 percent of active shooter incidents are over in five minutes or less, and the national average for response by law enforcement is five to six minutes.
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