WALLINGFORD — Residents have the opportunity to attend training on responding to an active shooter at the Spanish Community of Wallingford on Thursday.
The session is being offered by the town health department with cooperation from the Police Department.
Health department Director Stephen Civitelli said a series of scenarios and responses will be presented.
“Two years ago, after some situations throughout the country, we came across this training,” Civitelli said. “We felt it was needed.”
The training will take place at SCOW, 284 Washington St., from 6 to 8 p.m. A Spanish interpreter will be available.
It will be led by Wallingford Police Capt. Richard Homestead, who previously tauht the course at the public library. He said the program — based on training offered by FEMA and the FBI — emphasizes the “run, hide, fight” method.
“It’s mainly geared towards the average citizen. Whether out in public living their daily life or at work,” Homestead said. “(The course) teaches how to react to an active shooter. What are the things that they can do and how to react to a situation.”
Participants have told Homestead it made them rethink what they would do in a possibly deadly situation, he said.
“If you take one or two things from the training it could help you react quickly,” Homestead said. “It could potentially save your life.”
Civitelli said the goal is to equip individuals with the tools to handle a potentially dangerous situation. Due to the mature nature of the topics, he advises people to use discretion when signing up and said the event is not meant for children.