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Learn what to do in an active-shooting situation for free in Gilbert

Posted at 5:31 AM, Nov 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-17 07:31:13-05

It's been more than a month since the tragic shooting in Las Vegas and only weeks since a massacre at a Texas church.
On Friday night, a group of veterans is putting on a free active shooter seminar to better educate the public on what to do in these situations.  

The free active shooter seminar is happening at the Mission Community Church in Gilbert. It's being put on by Fieldcraft Survival which is a veteran-owned business aimed at teaching people survival skills. 

Organizers are bringing in vets from different military branches who've had combat experience. Many of them know firsthand what it's like to take fire and they want to pass on the skills they've learned. 

Addison Ruiz works with Fieldcraft Survival. He'll be on hand for the free seminar.

He says, "There can be zero loss of life or very minimal loss of life if there's just proper training, proper knowledge for the general public which unfortunately isn't out there and that's why we're trying to do these courses...For free especially."

Fieldcraft Survival organizers will be teaching the public things like how to manage stress in an active shooter situation so you can think, administer first aid if people are hurt and how to work with law enforcement. 

Ruiz adds, "Always know where you're at and where the exits are in case something does happen you can get out of the scene. Try not to panic and just think you're way through the problem. It's pretty much that easy."

The free event will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 4450 E. Elliot Rd. in Gilbert.