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Muskogee Employees Undergo Active Shooter Survival Training
Friday, March 25, 2016 6:45 AM

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Muskogee Federal Credit Union (MFCU) employees and board members attended a course on how to survive an active shooter situation. Capt. Michael Crawford, Sgt. Michael Lippmann, and Officer Chris Dean from the Muskogee Police Department taught the Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) class, which is based on the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training program from Texas.

The course strategy uses a motto of avoid, deny, and defend. You won’t get hurt if you avoid the situation—don’t run toward gunfire; run away. Make a deliberate plan that applies to where you are located; whether you’re on the teller line or in a back office, the goal is to deny the shooter access. If all else fails, the final strategy is to defend against the gunman. Remember you are not helpless.

“We learned that the goal is to survive for three to five minutes, the average response time it takes for law enforcement to arrive after 911 is called,” said Dana Brown, MFCU EVP, who organized the training event.

The trainers suggest that employees practice their responses to a shooting situation because stress can shut a brain down quickly. Your brain wants to deny that the norm has been broken, they note. In fact, many people interviewed after a shooting event state they thought the noise was fireworks. Officer Dean asked a tenured MFCU employee, “In your 34 years working at the credit union, have you ever heard someone shoot fireworks off inside your building?”

Similar to a fire drill, the trainers suggest, practice your plan. Know where your primary and secondary exits are located. Figure out an exit strategy in the event the unthinkable happens.

For more about Muskogee Federal Credit Union, please visit mfcuonline.org