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Columbiana church and law enforcement train teachers on how to deal with active shooters

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COLUMBIANA, Ohio - Unlikely partners teamed up to train teachers how to survive an active shooter.

The Outreach Minister for First Christian Church in Columbiana realized that teachers don't get training in how to deal with active shooters.

So the church partnered with the Columbiana Police Department to train teachers how to help increase the odds of survival for them and their students should the worst case scenario happen.

The training included over an hour of classroom instruction, then over an hour of hands on training.

"We believe the church should do more than just, what a lot of churches do, inside their walls. We want to be an active part of the community. We want our schools especially to know that we're here to help," said Jimmy McLoud, Minister for Outreach at First Christian Church.

"We talked some tactics about movement down hallways, egress through windows, evacuation," said Detective Wade Boley, Columbiana Police Department.

About 80 teachers, staff members, faculty and administrators took part in Saturday's training.

The Columbiana County Sheriff's Department and the New Waterford Police Department also assisted in training for school employees.

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