Webster County EMA to host church safety seminar

Webster County Emergency Management will host a safety seminar for county churches and faith-based organizations on March 28.

Information at this session will be focused on safety measures, response plans, evacuation routes and overviews of nationwide safety protocol programs in use across the country to help increase awareness of potential intruder threats.

“Regardless of denomination, current events have shown that having security and safety plans in place can and will provide a safe environment for your congregation, office personnel and weekly visitors” a flyer for the event said.

Corporate participants are also welcome to attend to gain information for business environments.

The seminar will be led by Sgt. Luke Fleener, a certified active shooter instructor and 25-year member of the Webster County Sheriff’s Office. Fleener has provided active shooter training to over 5,000 law enforcement officers across the country over 11 years, and has been instrumental in assisting local schools with safety protocol for their staff over the last five years.

The seminar will be an overview and training for the Stop the Bleed program, designed to give civilians the skills, training and confidence needed to assist others when injuries occur. The medical training has been used in numerous events across the country to save lives, and can play a vital role for all types of emergencies.

Also leading the seminar is Terry Evans, EMS supervisor for the Fort Dodge Fire Department and 14-year paramedic in Webster County. Evans has provided Stop the Bleed instruction to the community for the last three years and has been involved in other formal education instruction over the last nine years.

The free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on March 28 at Iowa Central East Campus, 2031 Quail Ave.

For questions, call 515-573-1403 or email ema@webstercountyia.org.


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