Women attend active shooter response course

Posted at 1:10 AM, Feb 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-11 20:15:21-05

PERRY, Fla. (WTXL) - Knowing how to react in an active shooting situation is something everyone should be prepared for but hopefully never needs to do.

On sunday a group of women gathered to learn just that.

Women in attendance say they gain more confidence learning and practicing how to react in real-life scenarios.

"Being a teacher, I feel like I want to be prepared," said mary hockett, a training course participant. "And the more prepared I am, the more I can protect my students and myself from any harm that could come."

The women learned how to analyze the room, what to do and how to escape in an active shooter situation.

They practiced how to fight back using their firearms. Many of the women are concealed carry permit holders.

The group was getting in the zone using simulations and practice drills that required them to think quickly and use good judgement.

Trainers say, a typical active shooter situation evolves quickly and only lasts 10 to 15 minutes. That's why knowing how to think and respond right away is so important.

Becky bowen, one of the trainers, says an active shooter often uses a firearm with no method or pattern to their selection of victims. That makes preparing for an incident even more difficult.

"It could happe," said Bowen, the Quivera firearms Training owner. "It's no longer a not in my backyard scenario, it's something that we to prepare for constantly."

Participants say they don't want to be in a situation where Sunday's training is necessary but feel comfortable just knowing they have the skills.