WHITMIRE — Church safety is becoming a major concern for church leaders and the congregations they serve and in response to that concern, the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office has created a training presentation called Safety in the Sanctuary.
Safety in the Sanctuary will be offered at 6 p.m. Oct. 4 in the training room at the Whitmire Rescue Squad, 26350 S.C. 121 in Whitmire.
Sheriff Lee Foster said the training is designed to impress upon church leaders the necessity to plan for emergencies in the church environment.
“It would be impossible for us to create a standard plan that every church could use,” said Foster. “Instead, this training is designed to get church leaders the information they need to begin the discussion and planning for emergency situations. We are so excited that this training is not only relevant, but that we can see a direct impact of the training in our churches. This truly has the possibility of saving lives in churches not just from active threats but also medical emergencies.”
Foster said the training addresses important topics including medical emergencies, fire planning, active shooter response, and the South Carolina laws related to allowing Concealed Weapon Permits on church property.
The training is not for the entire church, but is instead for church leaders.
“This training is to get church leaders to understand how important planning is for the safety and well-being of their church family not just from a shooter but for many types of both natural and man-made events,” said Foster. “We believe that church leaders and their congregations will find this training enlightening and extremely important to the churches that they serve.”
Seating is limited. Call 803-21-2211 or email the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office at [email protected] register for a seat or seats. If emailing, provide your name, the number in your party and the name of your church. Registration will be closed when the available seating is taken.