SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – After the tragedy in Las Vegas, many people are now wondering how they can better prepare for an active shooter situation.
In addition to information you can find online from law enforcement agencies, there are also free classes that you can take locally.
Roll Call on Keyser Avenue in Scranton has teamed up with the police commissioner of Wyoming borough to offer free active shooter training classes.
The goal is to get people thinking about their own safety just in case of an emergency.
Joe Harris is a former Scranton police officer.
He now owns the firearms business Roll Call and after seeing what happened late Sunday night in Las Vegas, he’s encouraging people to sign up for free active shooter classes offered at his facility.
“It’s not about being paranoid, it’s just being prepared, being aware of your situational awareness, being aware of your surroundings,” Joe Harris said.
In the past, Harris used to do security planning for big events like concerts on Montage Mountain and the Scranton Saint Patrick’s Day parade.
After seeing the shooting in Las Vegas which was outdoors where the shooter had a height advantage, Harris says the smartest thing for people to do would be to keep moving.
“Run, run, that’s it. You’re going to run and you’re going to find your quiest way out of there,” Harris said.
Mass shootings have changed every police department, large and small.
“We can’t always be certain that something isn’t going to happen,” Archbald police chief Tim Trently said.
Chief Trently says active shooter training classes can help people realize they always need to look for exits among other things.
“I don’t think you should live your life in fear that something is going to happen but it doesn’t hurt to know where you’re at,” Chief Trently said.
With soft targets all around us like churches, malls and government buildings, Joe Harris says active shooter situations are often unpredictable but anyone can play a role in mitigating their impacts.
“For anyone to say that we have the perfect solution, nobody is going to get hurt from now on, this is what we’re going to do, that’s a lie!” Harris said.
The next training class will take place in Scranton on Wednesday, October 11 from 6:00-8:00 PM.
The phone number for Roll Call in Scranton is (570) 496-4867.
For more information on active shooter situations from the Department of Homeland Security, visit: