EMA Hosts Active Shooter Class

Chance Corbett, Associate Director for Emergency Management at Auburn University, gives instructions on how best to survive an active-shooter situation.


Lakitha Bell, Director for the Emergency Management Agency (EMA) in Pickens County, hosted an Active Shooter Class at the Carrollton Service Center, September 27. The guest speaker was Chance Corbett, Associate Director for Emergency Management at Auburn University. Corbett was also an EMA director for Russell County, a deputy for the Sheriff’s department, and on the SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team for five years, three of those as team leader. Corbett has taught the class to over 40,000 people, well over 400 times. He says there is no difference between this class and the “Run, Hide, Fight” tactical class. The principals are basically the same.

In attendance were first responders, including law enforcement from all agencies, fire department personnel, public health workers, and a few citizens, such as myself. Corbett teaches the class to all walks of life, citizens, first responders, judges, companies, and schools, just to name a few.

The first question asked was what would you do if something happened in front of you? If someone with a gun started opening fire, would you be prepared? “Well, obviously here today we’ve got a lot of law enforcement which is not typical for this class, and that is good,” said Corbett.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) conducted a study and found most shooters are male, but you cannot assume the shooter will look a certain way. “Because you never know what you’re going to get when they come around the corner,” warned Corbett.

People will assume, most of the time, an active shooter situation occurs mainly at a school. That is not the case. The higher percentage of these situations occur at businesses. Prior to the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, schools were not required to perform active-shooter drills. They now must do the drill twice a year. Better, but probably not sufficient.

See complete story in the Pickens County Herald.
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