Free public training on how to best handle an active shooter situation is being hosted by the Marietta police and fire departments in conjunction with WellStar Kennestone Hospital’s trauma center this week.

The training seminar will be at Marietta High School, at 1171 Whitlock Avenue, between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Officer Chuck McPhilamy, a Marietta police spokesman, said the department has taught over 16,000 people the concepts of the Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events program in recent years and will again highlight best practices at Wednesday’s event.

“We hope you never find yourself in an emergency, but if you do, we want you to be prepared,” McPhilamy said in regards to the public training, organized in the wake of mass shootings in Texas and Ohio that killed 31 people and injured another 51 on Aug. 3 and 4.

“That means 82 people needed immediate medical attention,” McPhilamy said. “This begs the question, how can we better prepare our communities?”

The public training in Marietta this week will also include parts of Homeland Security’s national “Stop the Bleed” campaign, which aims to encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped and empowered to help people bleeding in any emergency situations before professional help arrives.

McPhilamy said the Wednesday seminar will involve some hands-on training as well as some less interactive presentations.

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