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County board members prepare for active shooter situations Submitted: 03/22/2018
Erin Beu
Erin Beu
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County board members prepare for active shooter situations
RHINELANDER - Just like many small community courthouses, Oneida County doesn't have any way of keeping guns out of the building.

In response, on Tuesday, the Oneida County Board approved a mandatory active shooter training session for all employees.

"You have to keep your eyes open," said Oneida County Human Resource Director Lisa Charbarneau.

Charbarneau has learned not everyone who walks into the Oneida County Courthouse has good intentions.

"We do deal with not so pleasant things, whether that be social services, removing children from homes, we have inmates in and out for issues in the court," said Charbarneau.

The courthouse has an open door policy with multiple entrances open to the public.

"We do have signs on the doorways that say you can't bring in a weapon, but that doesn't mean they will keep people from doing that," said Charbarneau.

"We can't stop bad things from happening but we can be prepared," said County Chairman Dave Hintz.

Hintz says last year staff and county board members had a 20 minute training session with the courthouse officer. "It's the environment we live in, evil and violence keep increasing."

This year, the Oneida County Board approved a mandatory active shooter training session that will last four hours.

Staff and board members will learn ALICE training or alert, lockdown, inform, counter, and evacuate in an active shooter situation.

Employees will also participate in different shooting scenarios.

"It's not an issue of if, it's an issue of when," said Charbarneau.

The training will take place two Saturdays in May.


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