With active shooters becoming a growing threat in the United States, training for potential scenarios is more important than ever.
In Holland, residents attended an open to the public active shooter training on Wednesday.
What started off as a presentation with information, turned into active drills.
Holland Police Chief Bryan Haughey told Western Mass News the event was all about empowering people to learn the new techniques that have developed from other shootings.
"We want to just make sure people are prepared and have a better chance to survive," said Chief Haughey.
Those who participated ranged from the elderly, to business owners, to parents of school age children.
They were taught not to be sitting targets, to build the effort to fight back and evacuate. Participants even threw objects at the pretend shooter,
"This is a very small community and the fact that we have such a large turnout shows just how important this is so community," said Environmental Health and Safety Manager Alvin Pope.
Pope said he wants to bring back what he learned to his coworkers so his workplace is safer.
Even though its an exercise that can invoke emotion, Pope believes it's important to participate.
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