Southeast Kansas A.L.I.C.E. Training

Published 08/04 2014 06:06PM

Updated 08/04 2014 08:02PM

CHANUTE, KS.--- "As part of that training, we decided when this came up, it was probably a good idea to take it a little bit further and learn some of the new techniques that are out there," said Kevin Jones, Chanute Fire Chief.

"A.L.I.C.E." stands for alert, lockdown, inform, counter, and evacuate. National trainers with the program say first responders and law agencies should be leaders in knowing what to do with someone who's armed. 

"What the A.L.I.C.E. program wants to do is empower each individual to make a decision off of real time information, timing their survivability," said Shawn Slezack, National Trainer A.L.I.C.E. Training Institute.

He says in the past, schools and other facilities haven't provided any real training, just a list of rules to follow. 

"We have a lock at the door, shut the lights off, get under the table and wait for law enforcement to get there, but we're finding that's not working. It takes too long for law enforcement to get there," said Slezack. 

First responders say it's critical to know how to throw an armed suspect off their game and interrupt their thought process. The more individuals who know how to confuse a shooter, the less victims there are. 

"We proved with our exercise how imperative it is that we be able to keep people moving, to distract the shooter and limit the loss of life," said Chief Jones. 

National A.L.I.C.E. trainers believe there can not be one option for every active shooter scenario. This program gives people choices, whether that's to fight or flee from the scene. 

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