Pullman Police hold active shooter training for downtown librarians

Pullman Police hold active shooter training for downtown librarians

If you were in downtown Pullman on Friday morning, you likely heard the gunshots. Pullman Police officers shot blank rounds and one of them portrayed an active shooter entering the library.

“We compare it to training for a fire drill,” said Pullman Police Sergeant Jake Opgenorth.

As the tragic news of the California shooting continues to grip our nation, many ask the question, what do you do if you find yourself in an active shooting situation?

The library’s training had been set up for several months, but the timeliness of the drill was not lost on them.

“This is the first time we have done an active shooter drill in the library, and it certainly won’t be the last,” said Neill Public Library Director, Joanna Bailey. “The world we live in today unfortunately necessitates this kind of training.”

Librarians were trained to either run, hide or fight.

“If you can run away safely, run away,” said Opgenorth. “If not you should try to barricade yourself somewhere. Your last resort is to be prepared to fight.”

Other advice includes, if you call 911 don’t feel like you need to know all the details of the shooting, just be prepared to answer the dispatchers questions. If you are hiding from the shooter, silence your phone, you don’t want it to give your location away. Finally, follow police orders once they arrive. They are now trained to run directly into danger, whereas in the past they were trained to establish perimeters and wait until much of the violence had ended before entering an active shooter scene.

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