Spike in business for local shooter training team after mass shooting in Florida

MERCED, Calif. (KFSN) -- It has only been days since the tragic Florida shooting, but already, one Central Valley agency has received dozens of calls from schools wanting to prepare for the worst.

"The last 48 hours we've had almost 30," said Paul Llanez.

Llanez works with Knowledge Saves Lives offers active threat training for schools and businesses. In the last 48 hours, they have gotten dozens of calls and emails from schools, including in Fresno and Merced County.

"We had a school from Central Unified contact for training, schools in Merced County, Delhi. We're going to train their campus, supervisors and security staff," said Llanez.

Their goal is to get students and staff out of a dangerous situation in just seconds.

They create specific safety curriculums based on a school's campus. They also look at past shootings and incorporate new safety tactics that could save lives.

"They have a plan they now know what to do, rather than run around in a circle and not know what to do, they know how to lock their classroom down, and give them the best chance for survival," Knowledge Saves Lives Trainer Chris Anderson.

"We want people to say hey, do my staff have these resource options available and not wait till an emergency happens," said Llanez.

The Merced Union High School District has more than 10,000 students between their six high schools. They not only work with knowledge saves lives to train their staff and students, but they have also started surprise lockdowns.

"It's better to find out what it's going to feel like in these controlled situations than wait until the real events happen and find out you're going to freeze," Ralph Calderon.

Llanez says, sadly, these shooting are becoming more common and being proactive rather than reactive could be crucial to saving lives.
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