GREENFIELD — An active shooter seminar held Tuesday at the Hancock County Public Library was planned months before a gunman opened fire on a military facility in the nation’s capital, but the incident in Washington serves as a reminder that safety depends on being prepared.
The training, held at the library for its employees, focused on what to do if violence erupts in the workplace.
“This day couldn’t have been planned any better with what happened in Washington yesterday,” said Greenfield Police Capt. Brian Guinn, who taught the hour-long class.
Both the Greenfield Police Department and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department offer trainings in workplace safety, specifically on what to do if a shooter enters a building.
Half the battle is being aware of your surroundings, Guinn said.
“You need to be on your toes at all times,” he said. “I think if you prepare yourself for stuff like this, it’s a lot easier to handle it when it comes around.”