FAIRFIELD, NJ — Municipal employees of Fairfield recently received training in the A.L.I.C.E. protocol for actions to be taken in the event that they encounter an active-shooter situation.

According to Fairfield Police Chief Anthony Manna, A.L.I.C.E. is an acronym for Alert-Lockdown-Inform-Counter-Evacuate, which are all actions that individuals could take if faced with an active shooter.

“Unfortunately, due to the climate of violence that exists in our society, any location can quickly become the scene of an active shooter situation, as was the case seen recently on a baseball field in Alexandria, VA,” said Manna. “This training is extremely enlightening and important and can greatly increase an individual’s survivability in the event that unthinkable occurs.”

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The training was conducted by Lt. Daniel Dias and Detective Jeffrey Didyk, both of whom are certified A.L.I.C.E. instructors. In the past, Manna said the Fairfield Police Department has presented the program for employees of private industry and will do so for any business looking to provide such training for their employees.

Interested individuals can contact Dias at (973) 227-1400 for further details. In addition, the department will be running an A.L.I.C.E. training session for citizens in the fall since its protocols can help when individuals are at the mall, stores or other public places.