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Active shooter training offered for area churches

Seats are still available for a free training course aimed at preparing places of worship in the event of an active shooter.

The Carbon County Emergency Management Agency and the United States Department of Homeland Security are presenting a seminar on active shooter incidents at houses of worship from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on March 31 in the Jim Thorpe Area High School auditorium.

In January, two people were killed when a gunman entered a church in Texas and began shooting before he was shot and killed, while another mass casualty occurred in October 2018, when a gunman walked into a Pittsburgh synagogue and opened fire, killing 11 and injuring six others.

Mark Nalesnik, Carbon County Emergency Management Agency coordinator, said last month that houses of worship need to plan and prepare for incidents of this nature and a seminar such as this will help church leaders learn what they can do to protect their congregations.

Topics that will be covered include protective measures and active shooter preparedness.

To register, call 570-325-3097 or email ccema@ptd.net.