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Spokane Sheriff's Office hosts free active shooter survival training

SPOKANE, Wash. - Recent shootings across the country and in the Spokane area are leading to a new focus on how to survive these dangerous situations. The Spokane County Sheriff's Department is working to equip residents with the life saving information they need to survive an active shooting situation.

Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy Chris Johnston said a training Saturday, October 14th will focus on basic information anyone can use during a shooting. The training will cover key points like how to recognize a dangerous situation, how to make a decision during that situation, and then follow through with it.

Deputy Johnston said it can be tough to figure out what to do and how to react during a shooting, which is why it's critical people take time to consider every option before a crisis strikes.

"If we have had some time to consider it beforehand, think about it and even participate in a presentation like this, then we can make a decision more rapidly and maybe it is the difference between being hurt and not being hurt," Johnston said.

The Saturday training is free and there is room available for about 500 people.

The event hosted by the Spokane County Sheriff's Department is being held at the University High School Theater, 12420 E. 32nd Ave. Doors open at 1:30 P.M. and the event runs from 2:00 P.M. until 3:30 P.M. Children 12 and over are welcome to attend if an adult is with them. Because this is happening on school grounds, you cannot bring any weapons to this training. Johnston said food and drinks are also prohibited in the theater.