Responding to the trend of workplace shootings that have happened around the country, the state of Wyoming is offering free workplace training in April and May to inform workers and supervisors how to respond to active shooter situations and other threats.
Gov. Matt Mead directed the Wyoming Highway Patrol and the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security to work together to provide the training after he attended an initial training session held earlier this year in Cheyenne, Mead spokesman David Bush said.
“Basically it was in response to some of the active shooter things that happen around the country, and employees had been asking questions,” Bush said.
Bush said the original training session was videotaped and that workers are editing it into a presentation that will be available for state workers and others around Wyoming.
He said the class presents basic information about some of the different shootings that have happened around the country, “and what some of the people did to survive, versus some of the folks that didn’t make it.”
While neighboring states have seen mass shootings in recent years, Bush said no particular threats in Wyoming prompted Mead to call for the training.
The sessions are free and will last about 3 hours each. They will cover a brief history of work place violence and instruction on how to respond to emergency situations.
Sgt. David Wagener, spokesman for the Wyoming Highway Patrol in Cheyenne, said the courses are taught by interdiction and emergency response instructors from the patrol while the Department of Homeland Safety is coordinating them.
“My understanding is they’ll be giving some other instruction on other items about being safe while at work, but the active shooter profile itself is going to be the main premise about how to identify somebody before something even starts,” Wagener said. “What to do in case an event like that would be at a work place environment, and also what to expect when law enforcement does arrive at a scene like that.”
Wagener said the classes teach people to run from violence if they can, hide from the violence if they can’t run and fight for their lives if they cannot run or hide.