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Posted on: May 23, 2019

[ARCHIVED] 5-23-19 Civilian active shooter response class is being offered in June

The Bristol Tennessee Police Department will host a Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) class on Wednesday, June 5, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Frank Winston Auditorium at Tennessee High School. There is no cost to attend, but participants are asked to sign up on Eventbrite to reserve a spot.

The Bristol Tennessee Police Department has conducted 21 CRASE classes for groups as well as individuals who would like to learn to protect themselves should they be in an unthinkable situation. The classes are usually fairly big, consisting of between 75-100 people.  This is why registration is so important.

CRASE class is a preparedness course geared towards civilians who could find themselves in an active shooter event, giving them the knowledge to take immediate action to save their own lives before law enforcement arrives. The attendees will be provided strategies, guidance, and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event. Topics that will be discussed include: the history and prevalence of active shooter events, civilian response options, medical issues, psychological issues during and after these events, as well as other considerations. Participants will also hear from a survivor of the Virginia Tech active shooter event. Individuals, businesses, churches, educators, community groups, or any other types of organizations are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The CRASE course was designed by Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) to provide strategies, guidance, and a plan to survive active shooter events. Topics include the history and prevalence of active shooters, civilian response options, and what strategies they could use to help ensure a successful outcome. “This class is important because you will be taught what do to in an unthinkable situation and how to prepare for the worst,” said Lt. Brian Hess with the Bristol Tennessee Police Department. “Having the CRASE class offered in Bristol and for free is great!” 

There is no cost to attend, but participants are asked to sign up on Eventbrite to reserve a spot.

For more information on the CRASE class, please contact Lt. Brian Hess at or 423-989-3453.


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