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Regional Church Safety Seminar

February 10, 2018
8:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Regional Church Safety Seminar Scheduled Members of the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office will be on hand Saturday, February 10 at Grand Avenue Baptist Church for a Regional Church Safety Seminar. The event is designed with church leaders in mind, providing them practical tips on preparing for emergencies on their church campus, with a focus on gun safety. The seminar begins with an opening session at 8:45 am in the Worship Center at Grand Avenue Baptist, and features five concurrent teaching sessions throughout the day. Sheriff Bill Hollenbeck and Chief Deputy Hobe Runion will lead participants in an exercise to help prepare a response to an active shooter on campus. Sebastian County Prosecutor Dan Shue will provide attendees with an overview of the legal implications of weapons on church campuses, and Jim Caudle, retired FBI Special Agent, will recount the facts and history of active shooter events. Rounding out the slate of classes will be Philip Pevehouse, Captain of the Criminal Investigation Division, who will speak on “Church Security: Guns & The Church.” Participants will also have an opportunity to experience a MILO Simulator, presented by Todd Armstrong, owner of SimShooter. MILO is a weapons training simulator that allows students to train on realistic, interactive scenarios projected life-size in a classroom. “We are delighted to be hosting this event at our church,” said Don Lehman, executive pastor. “The Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office was extremely helpful when our church first organized its safety team, and we are encouraging all of our fellow church leaders to train and prepare for emergency situations.” At the end of the day, members of the Grand Avenue Baptist Safety Team will be on hand for a Q&A session on a variety of topics, such as the logistics of forming a safety team, training team members to respond to different emergency situations and deploying the team in strategic locations. “Church and school shootings grab the headlines, but church safety teams are about much more than preventing or responding to gun violence,” said Lehman. “Even though our safety team is prepared to respond to acts of violence, we also train for other emergencies, such as severe weather, medical issues and fires.” Cost for participants is $10, which covers the cost of lunch. All other events are free. For more information, and to register, go to www.grandfamily.net/safety or call the church office at 479-783-5161.

Admission: $10.00

Event Location and Contact Information:
Grand Avenue Baptist Church
3900 Grand Avenue
Fort Smith, Arkansas

479-783-5161
http://www.grandfamily.net




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