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Run, hide and fight classes offered in Collier County

Posted at 10:11 PM, Nov 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-13 22:11:48-05

The Collier County Sheriff's Office says demand for an active shooter training course has remained steady as mass shootings continue across the country.

"Obviously these incidents continue to occur, the frequency of them are going up," said Sergeant Neal Bohannon, whose taught the course almost 250 times.

Dozens attended one of his seminars at the South Regional library.

"I realize I am out by myself, a great deal of the time I would say 80 percent of the time I am in malls, shopping, doing volunteer work, going to church," said Doris Leonhard of Naples, who was among those in attendance.

The Collier County Sheriff's office and Department of Homeland Security have several recommendations about what you should do if you are caught in an active shooter situation.

-Take note of the two nearest exits.

-Evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow.

-If evacuating isn't possible, hide in a place where you cannot be seen and blockade the door.

If you end up coming in contact with the shooter and cannot flee, throw things at him or her, and yell loudly.

But if that doesn't work, you'll be left with one option.

"You can voluntarily surrender your life to them, or you can fight for it," said Sergeant Bohannon.

The Run, Hide and Fight class is also offered to businesses in the community.  For more information call (239) 774-4434.