The City of West Hollywood hosted a free active shooter seminars for the business community Thursday and it is now offering a free Active Shooter Preparedness Workshop this weekend on Saturday, March 11, 2023 at 10 a.m. for community members at the West Hollywood Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. Limited validated parking is available at the adjacent West Hollywood Park 5-Story parking structure due to a special event for the Elton John Academy Awards AIDS fundraiser taking place that weekend. The workshop is free; participants must RSVP in advance.
The Active Shooter Preparedness Workshop will teach:
- Best practices for responding to active threats;
- Increasing situational awareness and employing See Something/Say Something strategies;
- What to expect when first responders arrive on the scene;
- An overview of Run/Hide/Fight/Treat responses; and
- Basic education about how to treat people who are injured and how to Stop The Bleed to save a life.
The workshop will be led by Erik Franco of High-Speed Tac Med, one of the nation’s most sought-after active shooter preparedness trainers for first responders. Franco is a trained Search and Rescue Technician/Emergency Medical Technician and has years of experience as a Department of Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Instructor.
The workshop is aimed at providing readiness skills to residents in the West Hollywood community in general, as well as to people who work in local businesses and nighttime establishments. There will be discussions regarding recent active shooter incidents across the nation and specific lessons learned from them. There will also information about best practices in dealing with an incident, evaluating locations for quick and effective evacuation, and basic gunshot first aid.
Space is limited and the workshops is anticipated to reach capacity quickly. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Margarita Kustanovich, the City of West Hollywood’s Emergency Management Coordinator, by phone at (323) 848-6414 or by email at [email protected].