Active shooter training gives participants knowledge to respond

The goal of the training was to give those attending the best option to defuse the situation.

An instructor and student take part in active-shooter training for law enforcement and others at Wichita Area Technical College on Thursday, October 27, 2016. (Photo: KSN/Chris Arnold)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Officers from a number of law enforcement agencies attended active shooter training this week to learn how to protect themselves and others if faced with an armed intruder.

The training took place Thursday at Wichita Area Technical College’s Grove Campus. More than 20 people, including Wichita police officers, Wichita State faculty and teachers were at WATC where they were put into real-life scenarios that could happen if an active shooter was present.

The goal of the training was to give those attending the best option to defuse the situation.

Matt Vogt spent 10 years in law enforcement before becoming a teacher at WATC.  Used to high-pressure situations, Vogt Thursday experienced a different perspective.

“We’re going to use one for that door and two for this door.” Vogt said, trying to figure out how to fend off an active shooter

“Law enforcement is preparing more for the response to the scene, going through this type of training,” Vogt said.  “We’re talking about being in the scene, being part of the scene, being more on the first responder level.”

The class was put on by the ALICE Training institute which was formed after the events surrounding the Columbine school shooting in Colorado in 1999.

Instructor Gary Kamp worked in law enforcement for 30 years.

“We’re going to go with the basic lock-down that area schools and businesses and teach we’re going to show yes it could work, but there are enhancements to it that can work better,” Kamp said.

Kamp put the students through various scenarios.

“It’s designed to give the students and participants options to their response,” Kamp said.

Those who attended the class said those options are important to know.

“I just think it is a great opportunity to be proactive and everybody learning to think about what may happen if there is ever an active shooter situation,” said Sheryl Propst, the training and development manager at Wichita State University.

It’s something that was echoed by Vogt.

“It’s extremely important because you have the classroom that prepares the mind and then you have the scenario based training which starts to prepare you physically,” said Vogt.

The training continues Friday, and Kamp says those who complete it will get a certification from the program. That means they can go back to their employers, whether they work for a law enforcement agency or school, and train others on how to be better prepared if a tragic event should happen.