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Partnership Provides Free Firearm Safety and Training Seminars

A free seminar “Safety and Security for Places of Work and Worship” sponsored by Sheriff Todd Entrekin, the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office, and Gadsden State

Community College will be offered in February and March at Gadsden State.  There will be three options available in the seminar series each designed to meet specific needs.

The first seminar on work safety will be held Thursday, February 28 at the Administration Building Auditorium located on the East Broad Campus  from 8:00 a.m. to noon. This seminar is designed to help business owners, managers, supervisors, and teams evaluate the big picture of safety and security while developing reasonable and preventative response plans.

A seminar for law enforcement officers will be held on Friday, March 1 at the Administration Building Auditorium located on the East Broad Campus from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Officers will receive information needed to make people, places, property, programs, and processes of any place of work and worship more safe and secure.  Six CEU credits are available to participants.  The final seminar in the series will be held Saturday, March 2 at the Wallace Hall Fine Arts Center from 8:00 a.m. to noon.  This seminar will focus on safety in places of worship and provide training for church leaders, staff, volunteers, facility managers, and security directors.

Tina Lewis Rowe, a retired captain with the Denver Police Department and Colorado U.S. Marshal, is the featured presenter.  Rowe has presented seminars nationwide concerning safety and security issues for public and private sector organizations.  She is the author of Worship without Worry and other safety and security materials that have been used by thousands of places of worship world-wide.

In addition to the seminars, Gadsden State Security and the Etowah County Sheriff’s Department are partnering to offer firearm safety instruction free to any interested citizen.  Instruction will be given with dummy firearms and no official weapons will be used in the training session.  No personal firearms will be allowed in the sessions.  The sessions will be offered each Tuesday night in February, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Joe Ford Center for Economic Development on the East Broad Campus of Gadsden State.

Pre-registration is required for attendance at any of the training seminars.  Contact Natalie Barton at 256-549-8135 or to register.



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