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Local police offer ‘Run, Hide, Fight’ training

Published: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 @ 9:09 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 @ 11:13 AM
By: Will Garbe - Staff Writer

Dayton Police Department will offer a course in “Run, Hide, Fight” as part of the Greater Dayton RTA’s second annual “Safety Fair.”

The training - planned in August - comes at a time when attention is focused on another U.S. mass shooting, this time at a country music festival in Las Vegas. A gunman sprayed bullets upon concert-goers while perched in the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

Like the commonly known “Stop, Drop and Roll” for fires, the “Run, Hide, Fight” protocol is an easy-to-remember response to active shootings. The protocol encourages persons under attack to flee the scene, or hide from the attacker. If all else fails, the program encourages directly confronting the attacker.

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The “Run, Hide, Fight” tactic was encouraged last year at Ohio State University when a male suspect drove into a group of people and then exited his vehicle and started stabbing people with a butcher’s knife.

MORE: OSU used “Run, Hide, Fight” model during attack

The “Run, Hide, Fight” training will be held 10:45 a.m., Monday, Oct. 16, at the RTA Wright Stop Plaza Concourse in downtown Dayton. The hour-long course is free.

Dayton police will also hold personal safety training sessions at 9:30 a.m. and noon.

The fair will also include tips on child safety and avoiding scams.