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Active shooter training offered as tragedies increase nationwide

It seems nowhere is safe from an active shooter anymore, and the Northeast Florida Safety Council wants you to be prepared.

The organization will host an active shooter training event Wednesday in Jacksonville. The goal is to help equip you with skills and information that may save your life — and the lives of others.

The event comes during an alarming number of active shooter tragedies across the country. NFSC cites FBI data that points to July being the busiest month for active shootings and Saturday being the most common day of the week to attack.

The Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit organization, has recorded 293 mass shootings in 2022, including 10 last weekend.

Ben McCorkel, a law enforcement trainer with decades of experience, will lead the two-hour training session that will cover behavior signs to look out for, how to respond in an emergency situation and how to stop life-threatening bleeding.

“The most important portion is to save lives. There’s too many active shooters going on, and we need to make the public aware of the potential and what they are to do and how they can respond to this,” McCorkel said.

“Our main thing is safety. And we want to avoid any type of catastrophe that would take the life of a person.”

The cost for nonmembers is $40. You can sign up at

Jamie is an award-winning, Emmy nominated broadcast journalist who serves as a host and reporter for WJCT Public Media.