FLEMINGTON, NJ – The Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office offers “active shooter training” for schools, businesses, houses of worship, the general public, law enforcement and other first responders, according to a press release issued today.
The training helps “effectively plan, prepare, respond and recover from threats of active violence,” Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III said in the press release.
Kearns’ efforts began in 2012 with his Hunterdon County Safe Campus Initiative, which engaged all of the county’s public schools “in adopting common language and responses for various types of school related emergencies, including ‘active shooter’ events,” Kearns said.
Kearns’ trainers follow the Standard Response Protocol (SRP) created by the “I Love U Guys Foundation.” So far, thousands of teachers, students and first responders have been trained in the program, which produced a common language safety program that is helping create national awareness and adoption of the universal language and action program throughout communities, Kearns said.
The Foundation reports that the program is being used in more than 15,000 schools in the U.S. and Canada.
Kearns’ Special Operations Unit has worked closely with, or have been trained by, nationally recognized experts who have personally experienced or responded to some of this nation's most tragic mass casualty or school shooting incidents.
One of the programs is the Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) course, designed and built on the "Avoid, Deny, Defend" strategy developed by Texas State University Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT).
The program was developed in 2004, and provides strategies, guidance and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event. Topics include the history and prevalence of active shooter events, civilian response options, law enforcement response and medical considerations. In the past several months, Kearns’ Special Operations unit has trained more than 1,000 civilians.
Recently, nearly 100 QuickChek employees were trained at their corporate headquarters in Whitehouse Station by the Special Operations Unit and Readington Township police.
Lt. Kevin Burd, who works in the Prosecutor’s Office, recently worked at the QuickChek Support Center and held three two-hour CRASE courses.
“The courses filled up quickly with about 25 to 30 team members in each session,” said Lou Linares, QuickChek Corporate Security Leader, “We have never had training in this area before and we were eager to learn.” QuickChek staffers learned about how to protect themselves and others in critical situations, he said.
The instruction helped prove “that you can never be too safe,” he added.