Church participates in active shooter training

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FREEPORT, Ill. (WIFR) – An active shooting situation could happen anywhere, at any time, which is why a local church is making sure people are prepared in case of an active shooter emergency.

The gun and shooter may be fake, but the ALICE Training Institute says the simulation is all too real. The training was going on at Crossroads Community Church in Freeport.

People are trained as instructors, learning five steps to stay safe in an emergency.

The ALICE program stands for Alert Lockdown Inform Counter and Evacuate which trainers say can prepare us for any emergency.

"These things happen anywhere in the country, and it's not specific to schools, not specific to business or churches. It happens in all walks of life and if we can teach them any different scenario and it's possible to keep them alive that's the best part of my day,” says Justin Pan with the ALICE Training Institute.

The instructor course lasts two days with simulations throughout the training.