HAZELWOOD, Mo. (KSDK) - Forty five Hazelwood School District staffers -- including members of the Board of Education -- participated in a training drill Saturday to teach them what to do if an intruder enters the building.
The course was taught by Tier One Tactical Solutions, a group owned by off-duty police officers.
They taught them the 4E's (Educate, Evade, Escape, Engage) -- a training course that is aligned with Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate (ALICE) protocols that all HSD staff undertook in August 2013.
The Hazelwood School District was the first school district in St. Louis County to train all employees in an option based response to an active shooter/intruder.
The staff learned how to use a chair to secure a door, they also learned to barricade themselves inside.
A police officer dressed as an intruder armed with a cap gun and ran through the halls and tried to open doors. His gun shot blanks making the sound of real bullets to make the scenario feel as close to real as possible.
Hazelwood School District staff members who are now certified as 4E's safety instructors will train colleagues and students regarding the options they have if they need to respond to dangerous intruders.
Once Board members and staff are certified, they will be able to train people at their place of employment, church or other organizations.