British Columbia based Simon Fraser University is planning to train students to tackle themselves in active shooting scenario. SFU has partnered with Burnaby Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to train students as well as staffs for active shooter on campus and training sessions will be scheduled later this year.
This campaign will create cognizance among the members of the university and it includes websites, workshops and a video that simulates an emergency shooting scenario.
“Although active threat events are extremely rare, they have taken place in Canada”, said Chief Supt. Dave Critchey in the video. “It is imperative that you recognize when a potential threat situation may be unfolding”, he added.
The video provides techniques to take safety measures during any threat with following:
- If possible, run to a safer place.
- If not, find a shelter and hide yourself.
- At a last resort, commit yourself to attack the savage.
Senior director of SFU Campus Safety and Security Services, Steve MacLean, said that the video aids students to protect themselves from real life scenario threat and further assistance would be provided as per requirement. “Our staffs will also be engaging in community in lunch and learn sessions and staff meetings and providing educational resources through face to face interaction”, he said.
Campus Safety director, Julie Glazier, said in the video, “Work with people around you. Do what you need to stay alive, including using force to protect yourself, you could be literally fighting for your life.”
Wondering why this campaign was not started earlier, André Gerolymatos, an SFU professor and international security specialist, said, “We are living in a new age where killing and terrorism have become commonplace.”
Simon Fraser University (SFU) is a public research university in Brunaby, British Colombia, Canada. It has two campuses, main campus is on Brunaby Mountain and satellite campus is in Downtown Vancouver and Surrey. The university was named after Simon Fraser who was a North West Company fur trader and explorer. It is the only Canadian university competing in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
SFU was ranked first among Canada’s comprehensive universities in 1993, 1996-1998, 2000, 2008-2013, 2015 and 2016 by Maclean’s, a Canadian weekly news magazine. Alumni of SFU has recognized with many scholarships and prizes.