PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — First responders in Pender County took part Monday morning in a special type of training to help them prepare for emergency situations like a school shooting.
Topsail Middle School partnered with the sheriff’s office and EMS to prepare faculty and staff.
They went through “ALICE training” which stands for alert, lockdown, inform, counter, and evacuate.
Sgt. William Kittlaus with Pender County Sheriff’s Office says,”We are moving into the ALICE response instead of the traditional ‘Code Red’ lockdown response. ALICE is a little bit different. It offers opportunities for different responses rather than just one fixed response.”
It’s a national program that teaches some of the best protocols teachers and students can take if a shooter is nearby.
Teacher Laura Eakins is certified in ALICE training and has taught her students some lessons so they can be prepared just in case.
“If somebody were to come in, what would you naturally do? get the students to start thinking critically,” Eakins said.
Topsail Middle partnered with Pender County Law Enforcement and EMS to prepare staff for emergency situations.
They used airsoft guns giving them a more realistic approach.
Faculty has one more training session to attend. After that Sergeant Kittlaus says they’ll give students ALICE training.