Vermont State Police has partnered with the Vermont Emergency Department to create new trainings related to active shooter and violent threat situations.

The new program, called SURVIVERMONT, combines three concepts from current federal programs: See Something, Say Something; Run, Hide and Fight; and Stop the Bleed.

School Safety Coordinator Rob Evans says the See Something, Say Something part of the program will hopefully help law enforcement identify a potential threat before it turns violent.

“Usually there is a shred of information or somebody has said something to someone that if the authorities had been made aware we may have been able to connect the dots prior to these tragedies taking place, and maybe, just maybe, we could have stopped them,” he said.

State police said the goal is to conduct a total of 10 training sessions near each State Police Barracks in the state, and they encourage community members to take part. The first two dates and times are:

  • Monday, August 1: 6 – 7:30pm at the Vermont State Police Royalton Barracks located at 2011 Vermont Route 107 in Bethel. There are only 25 seats available. To sign up, click here.
  • Wednesday, August 3: 6 – 7:30pm at the Arlington Memorial High School located at 529 E. Arlington Road. There are 100 seats available. To sign up, click here.