LOGAN — A civilian response-training course known as CRASE was held in the Logan City building, Wednesday, for Logan City employees.
CRASE, or Civil Response to Active Shooter Events, is a course that is held nationwide by law enforcement and teaches civilians about the history of mass shootings and other forms of attacks, while strategizing an effective response in the event of an active attacker.
Logan Police Officer, Dan Campbell, led the training, which also discussed prior attacks and how long the average response time is to a crime scene for police officers.
In the recent attack in Dayton, which killed nine, the event unfolded within 30 seconds before the shooter was killed.
Campbell said the national average for law enforcement response times is three minutes. And when officers arrive, their main priority is to apprehend the shooter and deal with those injured after. This means civilians involved in an attack must react fast to avoid danger.
CRASE training revolves around three steps: run, hide and fight.
The first step involves finding an exit strategy. Campbell said if a door is not an option use a window.
If a window must be broken to escape, strike one of the lower corners of the glass with a heavier object such as a chair.
If exiting a room is not an option, the goal is to stay hidden within the room while being prepared to defend oneself.
Campbell advised two people stand on both sides of the door.
“The shooter will most likely walk through the door, gun first,” Campbell said.
From there, the two people on each side of the door should both reach for the barrel of the gun to gain control of the weapon. If the shooter fires, the barrel will become very hot, but “it is important you hang on,” Campbell added.
Campbell also said it is important to not disregard an odd sound. If a noise is heard that does not sound natural in the environment know that a dangerous event may occur.
The next bit of advice is to change your emotion.
“You have to decide you will stay alive,” he continued.
Campbell teaches this training to churches, banks, teachers and older students as a safety precaution in case an active attacker event occurs in Logan. What he has noticed while working with those who participate, and from his 21 years as a police officer, is that people sometimes feel an active attacker would never target their city.
As a resource officer for Logan High School, Campbell worries about the students when events like mass shootings unfold.
“My job is to keep them safe and I don’t want to see any of them hurt,” he said. “My number one job when we go to the schools is to send everyone home safely.”
An active shooter response group called Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT), created CRASE training in 2004.
Another training program Campbell is involved with is called Stop the Bleed, which is held by Hocking County EMS, and teaches civilians involved in active attacker situations how to treat themselves if they were harmed and how to treat other victims as well.
The next CRASE training course will be held next week with the staff of Logan High School and the next Stop the Bleed will be held in September.