Violent Intruder training today-now over 900 people trained across the state by CWC

Published: Apr. 19, 2021 at 11:37 PM CDT
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RIVERTON, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

Today marks over 900 people trained by CWC security in how to react in a violent intruder situation, where citizens learn that becoming more aware of your surroundings and certain techniques, could save your life.

It’s difficult and uncomfortable to imagine what you as an individual would do in an active shooter scenario, but CWC has been training people for five years to feel empowered to protect themselves and others if the need arises.

Director of Campus Security, Chuck Carr stated, “This training will show you what to do whether you are in the mall in Casper or you’re at a school or you’re at a business or you’re at a park, wherever. This can be applied anywhere.”

ALICE training stands for alert, lockdown, inform, counter, and evacuate. It’s another option rather than a traditional lockdown. “You should act appropriately for what’s going on in your area. We would advocate evacuating rather than locking down if you can. If you’re not present, you can’t be a victim,” Carr noted.

The training continues to be relevant, with more opportunities to use these techniques arising across the country. Carr added, “There’s been three or four within the last week or two where there’s been active shooters, and it gives people some idea of what to do and what not to do if they were ever in this situation.

A community member attended the training as part of her job and she said the realism of it really helps you consider what to do. “It feels so real and then just happening so fast, like where would I go, what would I do? You think you’re in a good hiding spot but in reality, I hid behind the chair, and I was shot almost immediately,” stated Dawn Buffalo who attended the training on April 19.

Today was their 59th training since they started in January 2016, and they’ve trained 80 different entities around the state.

Carr said, “We train whoever, we don’t charge a dime. We just want to get the word out and train people, give them an idea what to do if they’re ever in this type of situation.”

“It could happen anywhere, and with this training, hopefully we’ll be one of the people that survive with the skills they’re teaching us today,” stated Buffalo.

The next free training is on May 17th and anyone is welcome to attend. You can contact CWC for more information.

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