ALBANY, GA (WALB) - South Georgia health care providers received training on Tuesday on how to protect their facility in case of an active shooter attack.
South Georgia law enforcement officers train often, to develop split second timing and teamwork needed in case of an active shooter attacking a business or group.
But the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office wants the businesses and groups themselves to train themselves to respond in case of the worst.
"Anytime can be when it happens, not if," said Dougherty County Sheriff's Office Lt. Lance Montgerard.
One of the health care providing groups that attended Tuesday's training was the Albany Area YMCA.
"With the world we live in today, and be familiar with what threats are out there, for an organization like the YMCA or other community centers, it just makes sense to have that familiarity," explained Albany Area YMCA President Dan Gillan.
Organizers said the holidays could be the cause for an attack, and health care or mental health centers could be targets. Protecting patients could take extra planning.
"We have new staff everyday. We've got to make sure that we are keeping it current, and staying on top of the information. And making sure we are giving the information to our staff, so they can protect themselves," said Southwest Georgia Public Health Emergency Preparedness Director Julie Miller.
Law enforcement said that training and practice could save lives in case of an attack.
"Yes, if you take the necessary plans and actions, train your people, you will definitely limit the loss of life. No doubt," explained Montgerard
All the groups involved in Tuesday's training said they will take the information back to their businesses, and hold practice drills.
The Dougherty County Sheriff's Office provides free active shooter training for churches or groups.
To find out more, call the Sheriff's Office at (229) 430-6515.