Specialized training to help S.A.V.E. lives

Specialized training to help S.A.V.E lives

No one wants to imagine themselves involved in an active shooter situation but the fact is, these cases are becoming more common.

"The last thing you ever want to be is an easy target."

Chad Sheehan is a former Sioux City police officer and the creator of the S.A.V.E training which stands for shelter in place, awareness, violence stops violence and evacuate.

The goal of the program is to increase your chances of survival.

Sheehan says, "I try to make people understand how the simple steps actually effectively make you a harder victim."

Steps for teachers include leading during a crisis, setting up barriers to block the door in the event of an intruder, spreading out kids, and even throwing items such as textbooks as a distraction.

"Seconds are the difference between living and dying in these types of situations and so if we have people that are already kind of trained on what to do they take those actions those split seconds may save kids lives", says Sheehan.

About 2,000 Sioux City staff members sat through the training and they will eventually teach students what to do in the event of a crisis.

Superintendent of Sioux City schools Dr. Paul Gausman says, "We're trying to be very purposeful very proactive about training our staff to think through very negative and unfortunate situations so they're well prepared to serve our students."

This training comes right out of a request from teacher's who wanted to learn more about how to keep themselves and their students safe.

Gausman says, "We know that the frequency of school incidents has grown. We still know, however, that schools are the safest place for students during the school day and while we're in session but unfortunately, we've just had a little more frequency of these coming forward."

Over the next few months, about 15,000 Sioux City students will be trained by staff.

Sheehan has trained more than 150,000 people in 26 states. He says roughly 20 percent of the training is done in schools and 80 percent in businesses.

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