Church hosts active shooter class


North Side Church hosted an active shooter class last week designed at teaching attendees the best way to respond in the hectic situation.

Capt. Jayme Farmer of the Midland Fire Department taught the class which he calls the Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events.

After the tragic shooting in Midland and Odessa on Aug. 31, Farmer said it is more important than ever to be prepared.

“We believe we're going to see another one,” he said.

Farmer warned attendees that they would not feel good leaving the class because the grim nature of what they were going to talk about is sad.

Since 2006, there has been a mass shooting with four or more deaths every 2.9 months.

Some tips he shared for people in an active shooter situation is to visualize and exit, secure your location, block doors and turn off lights.

Active shooter situations last about 10 to 15 minutes on average.

Farmer reminded that it is important to silence phones and when there are no escape opportunities, defend yourself.

Farmer recommended visiting for more information.