Springfield seminar educates on active shooter survival

At the end of the seminar, attendees received a free trauma kit

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Dozens of concerned people gathered Saturday to learn what to do in an active shooter situation.

In response to the Las Vegas Massacre, where 58 people were killed and more than 500 were injured, a free seminar called ‘Community Response to the Active Threat’ was held Saturday, at the Western Massachusetts Regional Police Academy on the campus of Springfield Technical Community College.

Some call it fearmongering, but after several mass shootings, these 60 people who attended call it being prepared.

Isabella Courchesme of Holyoke told 22News, “Knowing your surroundings and knowing that there’s a possibility that something could happen, and that you should know what to do.”

Attendees are placed in real world situations like the Boston Marathon Bombing, the Las Vegas Massacre and even car accidents. They’re taught how to stop bleeding, with items everyone carries.

“I think I know how to put on a tourniquet, and make a tourniquet basically from anything.” said, Courchesme.

The Western Massachusetts based STS Consulting and Community 911 taught the class life-saving tips.

Eric Stratton from STS Consulting told 22News,”We’re not trying to create hysteria, we’re just showing them. ‘Hey listen, if something were to happen, here’s the skills, here’s the tools.’ So they’ll just have a little more knowledge, more tools in the toolbox. And at least, we’ll give them that, so they can take care of their loved ones or somebody else.”

Stratton’s a paramedic, with a background in law enforcement. Since 2001, his company, STS Consulting, has taught law enforcement officers, first responders and civilians how to respond to life-threatening emergencies.

Attendees learned various ways to control bleeding, by using everyday items like belts, shoe laces, scarves, and even how to pack a wound. People broke into groups and role played while experienced instructors guided them, with the seriousness of care.

“I know that I can save a life”, said Courchesme.

At the end of the seminar, attendees received a free trauma kit sponsored by Combat Medical.