Intense drills teach El Pasoans how to respond to active shooter, hostage situation
Sunday, March 25th 2018
EL PASO, Texas (CBS4)– — Las Cruces residents and El Pasoans of all ages learned how to protect themselves in the event of an active shooter at a two-day seminar covering anti-abduction and active shooter training on Friday and Saturday.
Photo included by Total Defense El Paso
“I just think it’s always good to be prepared. You never know what’s going to happen,” said participant Laura Franzoni from Las Cruces. “People always think, ‘This isn’t going to happen to me, this isn’t going to happen to me.’ Then it does. A lot of people are just left kinda blind.”
Total Defense El Paso said it uses physical fitness combined with self-defense training. The purpose is to equip community members to respond to a violent situation.
“We absolutely adhere to the ‘run, hide, fight’ model. But if you can’t run or if you were hiding and you’re discovered and you have to fight, we’re just giving people tools that they can use in that situation,” said Total Defense lead instructor Richie Hatch.
They also trained participants to keep calm under stressful scenarios. One woman who didn’t want to go on camera said CBS4 she was a victim of the El Paso VA shooting, and next time if it happens again, she’ll know what to do better.
Instructors and participants performed an intense drill where they practice what to do in a hostage situation.
The instructors said more than anything, the training gives participants confidence to take back control in a scary situation.
“We learned a lot of handgun skills. A lot of unarmed self-defense skills,” Franzoni said. “How to take handguns away from a bad guy. Preventing chokes.”
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