Rick Bean, who serves on staff at Darby Grace Brethren Church, Plain City, Ohio (Dan Hermiz, lead pastor), was interviewed as part of story on local television about active shooter training in central Ohio. A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete article and view the video.
Local clergy taking active shooter courses
PLAIN CITY — With a congregation of nearly 100, Pastor Rick Bean of the Darby Grace Brethren Church in Plain City says it’s his responsibility to keep those who worship at his church safe. That’s why last month, Bean and other clergy members took part in an active shooter response course sponsored by a joint effort between Columbus Police and the Franklin County Sheriff’s office.
The course simulates real-life scenarios of potential active shooting events. “You might think we’re safe out here in Plain City among the corn fields and soy bean fields, but in fact you have to be prepared in case you’re not,” Bean said Wednesday night.
For the past few years, the Columbus Division of Police has sponsored a program called “Bridging the Gap” along with “The Civilian Response to An Active Shooter Events” (CRASE) which was launched by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. The program is paid for through homeland security grants and is free to schools, churches, and hospitals and those looking to defend themselves in an active shooter situation.
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