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Free training session preps against active shooter situation

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MEDINA — When asked if there has been an active shooter incident in Medina County, Ryan Goff reached over and knocked on wood and shook his head no.

And Goff wants to keep it that way.

The county’s director of loss control/risk management has organized an active shooter awareness training session 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, in the auditorium of the Medina County Administration Building, 144 N. Broadway St.

The FBI defines an active shooter as “an individual actively engaged in killing or intending to kill people in a confined space or other populated area.” It’s different from a mass shooting, which is usually described as “an incident in which four or more people, including the perpetrator, are injured by gunfire.”

Both are on the rise in the United States.

USA Today reported that there have been 350 mass shootings from 2006 to 2017. The FBI’s active shooting database recorded 220 active shooter incidents between 2000 and 2016.

The Medina County Sheriff’s Office, with support from the Medina County commissioners, will put on the free event. It’s similar training to ALICE — an acronym for alert, lockdown, inform, counter, evacuate — offered by a Medina Township-based firm that has been used at schools and other workplaces.

“I just want to bring general awareness for an active shooter, and specifically, what to do in a building,” Goff said after the commissioners’ meeting Tuesday. “It will be a high-level overview.”

He said the sheriff’s office does come out to businesses and conducts some training on active shooters. The office did one session recently at Brunswick Methodist Church, where parishioners were instructed to hide under church pews if there was a shooting in its church.

Goff said Medina County employees and residents are invited to the event. The training will give a general awareness of how to react to a situation where there is an active shooter in the workplace.

He hopes to have a second session in September.

“We’d like to do something like this every year,” Goff said.

There also will be booths set up from different county departments, including Job and Family Services.

The free training session is open to the public with no registration required. For more information, email rgoff@medinaco.org.

In other news

  • A request from Westfield Township trustees to have the sanitation department waive the water tap fee of $7,527.55 to their Safety Services Building has been denied.

The request came in a letter to commissioners from Trustee Mike Schmidt.

Medina County Sanitary Engineer Amy Lyon-Galvin said the county has charged previous government entities in the past and isn’t going to change its procedure now.

  • The prosecutor’s office has moved into the second floor at 60 Public Square. The county purchased the building for $1.6 million last year. The eventual plan is for adult probation to move into the prosecutor’s old office at 93 Public Square.
  • The commissioners are going to have a meeting in the evening in April as a test to see if residents will attend. Traditionally, the commissioners’ meetings are at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Commissioner Pat Geissman is hoping to return for next week’s meeting. She missed much of January after having foot surgery.
Contact reporter Bob Finnan at rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.
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