From an article:
Walmart is giving the Bentonville Fire Department a grant worth $97,000 to fund active-shooter training. ....
“If something does happen, as terrible as that will be, that our emergency responders will be doing their best to help me, my family, my neighbors and the community,” said Ken Senser, of Walmart.
The training will look similar to a practice in Clarksville in 2012, except paramedics will not be armed.
“They’ll be wearing the same body armor that the SWAT team wears,” said Kevin Boydston, of the Bentonville Fire Department.
Crews will come in behind police officers to treat victims faster.
“It’s the one thing we can do that’s becoming prevalent in the nation with EMS and fire service is to incorporate these tactics and get them out there in order to save those lives that are near and dear to us,” Boydston said.
EMS crews typically wait until police clear a building in active-shooting scenarios, which can take 30 minutes or longer.
The Fire Department said they will begin their training in May.I applaud Walmart for making this important donation. Keeping the community safe against the increasing numbers of shootings is a valuable cause.
And Walmart stores, in particular, desparately need such training for their local emergency response departments. With 81 shootings at Walmart stores in just the last year, plus at least 75 armed robberies in their stores in the last year, I'd say is more critical than ever that Walmart does something to clean up their act, even if it is just to fund their local departments.
Can they fund such a program in every town where they have a store? They need it.
There in Arkansas, there have been at least 6 incidents in the last couple years, including a shooting at the Walmart store in Conway, Arkansas, of a Walmart employee by another Walmart employee, just a few days after Walmart made its generous donation. Maybe they can start there?
Or, better yet, take steps to keep the shooting from happening in the first place, like prohibiting the carrying of guns in their stores, stopping gun sales, removing banks from the inside of their stores, and placing security guards in their parking lots....
Walmart. Save money. Die faster.