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‘Active shooter’ seminar set for Saturday

Free and open to the public

June 14, 2018
Lehigh Acres Citizen

The Lee County Sheriff's Office, in partnership with the Lee County Department of Pubic Safety and Lee County Trauma District will conduct an active shooter seminar this Saturday.

"A Citizen's Response to Active Shooter and Mass Casualty Events" will take place at 9 a.m. at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW and is free to the public.

Miriam Dotson, prime Prevention practitioner at the Lee County Sheriff's Office, said this is something they've had in the works for some time now.

"We know our community is concerned about active shooter situations and we have seen a significant increase in interest in our Active Shooter programs in the past year," she said. "Our Crime Prevention and Public Services Division have been offering free programs to the public for years on how to react to an active shooter situation. We have geared them toward businesses, houses of worship and many community groups on a smaller scale. Now we can address the public in a different way."

Getting information on what to do in these traumatizing situations can produce positive results in a negative climate for those who have sustained injuries and are waiting for first responders to arrive.

"The Sheriff's Office feels it is important to empower the public to be part of the solution and give them the knowledge and tools to feel safe. On another note, while Active Shooter and Mass Casualty response is the focus, people will be able to use what they learn for everyday safety or if an incident should happen in their own neighborhood," Dotson added.

Various topics pertaining to active shooter/mass casualty events will be covered including: How to respond, assess, protect and identify defenses during an active assailant encounter; how to perform lifesaving techniques to "Stop the Bleed" before emergency responders arrive on scene; test dummies for participants to practice on and how the active citizen can react to such an event.

Representatives from the medical field at Lee Health will discuss their points of view and a question-and-answer panel made up of law enforcement and public safety officials will follow.

Dotson said this seminar is a valuable resource for the community in preparedness.

"It's important for the public to attend so they can be prepared," she stated. "Obviously, we hope nobody has to experience a tragic event but as we hear about more and more situations both here and abroad, it's crucial for everyone to think about how they would react. What would you do? What can you do? Just being aware of your surroundings is let's take it a step further and really learn how to protect yourself and those around you."

Gaining knowledge of what to do in these deadly scenarios can help save lives, maybe even the life of a loved one.

The more you know, the more you can give to your peers in a chaotic environment can provide a calming presence in the wake of tragedy, organizers said.

"Bystander responders are those in attendance when an incident takes place. We must empower the public to be part of the solution," said Sheriff Mike Scott in a written statement.

"The Sheriff's Office trains its deputies on how to handle active shooter situations year-round," added Dotson when asked how they are preparing personnel for potential action.

To attend the seminar, you must register online and bring either your printed or paperless ticket with you.

To register, go to, further information can be found by calling the Lee County Sheriff's Office Community Relations at 239-258-3280.

No firearms are allowed and no one under the age of 5 is permitted.

The Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall is at 13350 FSW Parkway in Fort Myers.



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