Bay County Sheriff's Office holds active shooter response workshop

The Bay County Sheriff's Office teaches people how to respond to an active shooter. (WJHG/WECP)

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - You never know what kind of situation you're going to end up in.

"Today's society we kind of forget about things and we rely on fire and EMS and police to do everything for us, this is empowering to give people the ability to protect themselves and to treat themselves during a bad event, like an active shooter event or during a bad injury," said Bay County Sheriff's Office deputy, Mario Lupica.

The workshop not only trains people on how to respond to an active shooter, but also teaches people how to use life saving tools.

Lupica says these are objects not found in average first aid kits.

"We're going over the stop the bleed program which teaches people how to use hemicedic gauze and tournequets to stop severe bleeding. and we also are doing the run hide fight curriculum, which basically helps people during an attack," said Lupica.

Lupica says these things will help save lives before first responders can get in.

"The rise of the violence, everywhere, you know, we have a lot of incidents that took place recently, so we find it's very important to be well trained on these things," said Basheer Abdeen, Youth Leader, Bay County Islamic Society.

Even though many of the people who attended the workshop work in schools and places of worship, Lupica says the skills they learned can be used anywhere.

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