Louisville gym, military trainer offer public course for shooter training
Do you know how to survive an active shooting? It's a powerful question that one local gym owner and military trainer want everyday people to be able to answer, in light of recent tragedies around the world.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Do you know how to survive an active shooting? It's a powerful question that one local gym owner and military trainer want everyday people to be able to answer, in light of recent tragedies around the world.
Frantic dispatch calls in Dallas, November's Paris attacks that left 130 people dead and the deadliest U.S. mass shooting in Orlando.
"Three hours, paramedics aren't coming in that room in the building, until that shooter is taken care of. As long as that guy is hunkered down in that building, people are bleeding, no one's going to come to the rescue. So, you are the first responder. So, are you willing to take on that role, would you be willing to take on that role to save a life or save your own life?" said Rolando Haddad, owner of CORE Combat Sports.
They're scenarios that can seem more common and more personal.
"We are facing a threat in this nation where people are responding with evil in their hearts and they are hitting soft targets," said Mark Wilson, Medical Training Manager for the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron at Kentucky Air National Guard.
About eight years ago, Haddad opened his doors to the 123rd Air National Guard. They now train some police officers in combat and trauma care.
"We've done this for law enforcement and military but I see no reason why the average person shouldn't have access to that information," Haddad said.
"What's happening globally, with people wanting to come over here and kill us, kill civilians, hit soft targets, there's never been a greater need to put this course out," Wilson said.
The first-of-its-kind public class was last weekend. Thirty regular people packed the gym.
"It's not enough to go and get a concealed carry license and strap on a gun and think that you you're competent. That's a fantasy. The only way that you're competent at something is to train," Haddad said.
The class covers active shooter principles, fusing self-defense with combat medicine. Talking, moving and bleeding high fidelity mannequins that the military train with around the country were brought in for public use.
"I want people to have this mindset, not of a victim, but of having a plan," Haddad said.
That plan should include something to stop the bleeding and what's called an IFAK, or first aid kit.
"It doesn't have to be something as dramatic as an active shooter event. It could just be a car accident, it could be your child falls on a bike and cuts a femoral artery. Do you have the tools? Do you have a tourniquet at your house? Do you have a tourniquet in your car? These things aren't super expensive and they're life savers," Haddad said.
"That's what our response time in Louisville is, around seven minutes and you bleed out in two to four minutes. So, we needed to bridge that gap. We needed to take that response time and give them more time to live until higher level care was available, and that's what we did with this course, Wilson said.
According to Wilson, our nation's military used some of the same tools right after 9/11 that were used in WWII. They've since evolved, and are now able to give civilians the tools and knowledge for a chance at survival.
"Without the training, you're helpless. So, let's give you the training that you can use to end the day," Wilson said.
The goal in the end is to create a smaller population of vulnerable targets.
"Once the smoke clears, once the bullets stop, there's still people lying on the ground dying. And we around them can be the tool to save them," Wilson said.
To inquire about future classes, call CORE Combat Sports at (502) 489-5444. It's located at 13124 Eastpoint Park Blvd. in Louisville.
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