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Another Historic Triangle agency hosting active shooter survival training

Twelve people were shot and killed in Building 2 of the Virginia Beach Municipal Center Friday, May 31, 2019. (Melanie Occhiuzzo/WYDaily)
Twelve people were shot and killed in Building 2 of the Virginia Beach Municipal Center Friday, May 31, 2019. (WYDaily/Melanie Occhiuzzo)

In the wake of last month’s mass shooting at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center — and amongst the aftermath — some police and first responders around Hampton Roads are scheduling active shooter trainings.

The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office is following suit.

The sheriff’s office will hold an active shooter survival training — Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events, or CRASE — on July 16 at the sheriff’s office, 301 Goodwin Neck Road.

The training will run from 6-8 p.m. and cover the avoid, deny, defend method for surviving active shooter situations, according to a Facebook event page. The training will also provide strategies, guidance and a plan for surviving.

Training leaders will also explain the history of active shooter events, civilian response options, medical issues and information on conducting drills.

After the initial event, the sheriff’s office will host more training sessions, including CRASE and Refuse to be a Victim personal safety classes.

Refuse to be a Victim is a crime prevention program by the National Rifle Association. It teaches tips and techniques for travel security, automobile security, home security, mental preparedness, and more.

Dates for the upcoming training sessions include:

  • Refuse to be a Victim: 6 p.m. Aug. 13
  • CRASE: 6 p.m. Sept. 17
  • Refuse to be a Victim: 6 p.m.Nov. 12

More information can be found on the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office events page on Facebook.

Those interested in signing up should email

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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