Yukon church partners with former Secret Service agents for active shooter training
YUKON, Okla. —
The deadly church attack in Texas, along with so many other mass shootings across the country, has caused many churches in Oklahoma to rethink their safety and security measures.
On Sunday, First Baptist Church in Yukon help an active shooter training for some of its members. Former U.S. Secret Service agents with Firestorm Solutions put the churchgoers through difference scenarios to test what they learned.
“We don’t want to turn churches and schools into prisons, so we need to say, okay we can still be open and inviting and our culture doesn’t have to change, but we could insert a little preparation into that culture,” said Jason Russell, chief security officer for Firestorm Solutions.
Every Sunday, about 300 people worship at First Baptist. The church already has a security team in place, but they want to make sure they’re doing everything possible to keep the congregation safe.
The training helps churches and other organizations spot their security weaknesses and figure out ways to improve.
“Our security team’s been kind of an informal thing, and I won’t go into details about it, but it’s not going to be that way going forward,” said Pastor Clark Wrather.
Active shooter situations can happen, anytime anywhere. Being ready to face a crisis can bring a different kind of peace to worshippers on a Sunday morning.
“We have to look at these situations and realize that it’s possible, that’s step one,” said Russell. “Preparation isn’t necessarily comfortable, but it’s comforting.”