Active shooter training teaches nurses to team up, confuse and take down an assailant

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Doing what you can to stay alive until the police arrive was on the minds of attendees at an active shooter training on Thursday.

The Visiting Nurse Association of Kansas City engaged in active shooter safety training. Denise Turner has worked at the VNA for 23 years; it’s her first time learning to fight if running is not an option.

“Not only can you run, the objective is to get the other person down,” she said.

CEO Brad Evans chose to go with the SafeDefend System. The system is finger-print activated which will notify law enforcement and other workers in the building that there is an intruder. Instructors will come in to train employees how to respond during a crisis using the items in the box.

“For them to have practical things versus tactical, it was important to us because we know those things will get used,” said Evans.

There’s a gel mace, a retractable baton, and a strobe for distraction. The idea: work as a team to disrupt and confuse shooters to make time to take them down.

“It’s sort of empowering maybe, to give you the courage to do something or know what to do versus having no idea of what you should do,” said Stacy Heider who has been working at the VNA for a year-and-a-half.

Much like other employees, Heider has never taken self defense classes. But she says learning these new skills, might be life saving.