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Protecting Our Communities: Active Shooter Response Course Offered in Johnson City

John M. Dabbs
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Johnson City, Tenn. - With the recent shooting at a private school in Nashville, Tennessee, fresh on everyone's minds, the Washington County-Johnson City Emergency Medical Service is taking proactive measures to ensure that first responders in the region are well-equipped to handle any active shooter situation that may arise. As part of this effort, they have teamed up to offer an Active Shooter Response course with EMA at the Holiday Inn at 101 W Springbrook Drive in Johnson City on April 14, 2023.

The course, which costs $65, is open to all school and public safety personnel from around the region, and it promises to be an engaging and informative training experience. Participants will be able to learn from experienced instructors who will provide them with the essential knowledge and skills they need to respond effectively to an active shooter incident.

The training will cover everything from situational awareness and response tactics to post-event recovery. Participants will also be able to engage in scenarios that will help them apply what they have learned in a realistic setting.

According to a Federal Bureau of Investigation report, 30 active shooter incidents in the United States in 2021 resulted in 146 casualties. These incidents can happen anywhere, at any time, and are often unpredictable. As a result, first responders and other public safety officials need to be prepared and trained to respond quickly and effectively.

"Active shooter response courses provide vital training to help save lives during an emergency," said Nikki Lewin, Conference Coordinator for Washington County-Johnson City Emergency Medical Services. "We're honored to partner with EMA to offer this critical training to our region's first responders."

In recent years, numerous high-profile active shooter incidents have occurred in the United States, such as the mass shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. These incidents remind us that no community is immune to such tragedies and that public safety officials must be prepared and trained to respond to them.

The Active Shooter Response course allows first responders and other public safety officials to gain the knowledge and skills they need to handle an active shooter incident. Attending the course, they will be better equipped to assess the situation, develop a response plan, and carry out it effectively.

Furthermore, the training can help foster collaboration and coordination among different agencies and departments. When a crisis arises, first responders from different agencies must work together seamlessly to ensure the situation is controlled as quickly and effectively as possible. The Active Shooter Response course can help facilitate this type of cooperation and teamwork.

"We encourage all public safety officials to take advantage of this training opportunity and register for the course," said Seth Smith, Training Coordinator of Washington County-Johnson City EMS. "By doing so, they can equip themselves with the knowledge and skills necessary to respond effectively to an active shooter situation."

To register for the Active Shooter Response course, interested participants should contact Nikki Lewin at Washington County - Johnson City EMS at 423.794.8085 or email By attending the course, participants will gain valuable skills and knowledge that can help them save lives and protect their community. Don't miss out on this critical training opportunity. Register today.

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